How To: Breathe with B.K.S. Iyengar

This video is a demonstration by B.K.S. Iyengar on different inhaling and exhaling techniques. An exposition of why breath is king of the mind is followed by a demonstration of the sound of a proper inhalation and exhalation.

How To: Enhance back bending with a yoga cactus arm movement

Learn a few yoga movements that will help you improve your posture and poses in yoga. In this yoga how-to video Kira Ryders plays with Cactus Arm Action. This yoga Cactus Arm Action helps you find the alignment of the shoulders for upward facing bow pose (Urdhva Dhanurasana) while standing up. This movement also helps bring awareness to the support needed for back bending and inversions in yoga.

How To: Improve your yoga with the hara breath

In this video, we learn how to improve your yoga with the hara breath. Start by sitting down on your yoga mat and become centered in your body. You will start to breathe in different poses by placing your hands underneath your navel. Close your eyes and envision the center of energy that's in your body. Close your eyes and deep breathe, inhaling and screening energy into your body. Feel your body fueling up with energy and block out all the negative thoughts from your mind. As you do this, fe...

How To: Move from standing to lying down yoga poses

Vinyasas are the movements that link poses together to create a fluid dance. This yoga how-to video tutorial demonstrates how to get from a standing position to one where you're lying down on your belly. Watch and follow along to practice moving from a standing yoga pose to a cobra pose. Move from standing to lying down yoga poses.

How To: Do a yoga flying crow pose arm balance

In this video, Dina Prioste shows us how to do a flying crow pose arm balance in yoga. After you are warmed up, start in a semi squat position with your right angle over your left thigh. Now, bring your hands together in front of your heart and bring your elbows to the front of your shins. Now bring your hands to the floor and hook the right foot outside the left arm. Next, lean forward and engage the left back leg while lifting it up. Keep this pose for as long as you can, then do it again o...

How To: Do a yoga revolved side angle pose

In this tutorial, we learn how to do a yoga revolved side angle pose with Dina Prioste. First, come to a low lung with your right leg forward. Put your hips down so your left thigh gets closer to the floor. Deep inhale and exhale while twisting to the right. You can stay upright or lean down with your elbow on your knee. Keep breathing deeply and find your center while concentrating and relaxing. You can come to a full lunge if you are confident in your strength, or stay in the pose you are i...

How To: Do the scissors yoga pose

Yoga is a great way to strengthen your body and increase flexibility. This how to video teaches a yoga pose for arm balance, the Astavakrasana or scissors pose. Yoga instructor Christine Navarro demonstrates the Astavakrasana and provides instruction on how to get into the scissor posture.

How To: Do the splits with Tara Stiles

Tara Stiles teaches us how to do the splits in this tutorial. Remember not to do this all at once, stretch out your body first. To start, come into a downward dog position while bending the knees and straightening them and deep breathing. Now, bring a foot to the front and keep in this position until flexing the foot while sitting back near the other foot. Lean forward over your front leg, then repeat on the other side of the body. Come back into a downward dog, then do lunges to open up the ...

How To: Do Hindu pushups

This video shows you how to do Hindu push-ups which have been used by wrestlers and martial artists for many centuries. It works all major muscle groups at the same time. You begin with the mountain pose, also known to yoga fans as the downward dog, with your hands and feet spread out. You go down by bending your elbows, until your body is on the ground. Then go into cobra pose, and as you push up into this pose you should inhale. Then push exhale as you push back to the starting position. Ke...

How To: Do the dancing dog yoga pose

The Dancing Dog Pose starts as the popular Downward Dog Pose. Learn a new yoga pose in this video yoga lesson. Take action: start in Downward Dog, extend leg and open hip, allow foot to fall, and lengthen the spine. Cindy Mastry, the instructor of this how-to video, has practiced yoga since the age of eight, and also has a background in Jazz and Ballet. Active in the fitness industry for nearly twenty years, she teaches aerobics, kickboxing, and yoga at many fitness centers in the Tampa Bay a...

How To: Do a Yoga Twist to Release the Lower Back

Doing a low back relief exercise can make your body feel more relaxed, and stretch out your muscles. First, lay down on your back with your arms at a T, and cross your right leg over your left. Deep inhale and when you exhale, let your knees drop to your right. As you are doing this, turn your left pinky finger to the wall behind you. When you inhale, go back to your regular position. The left shoulder should stay down and the outer edge of the left foot should go up to the ceiling. Keep repe...

How To: Do a Half Frog Stretch Out

Dina Prioste teaches viewers how to do a half frog stretch out. Now, lie down on your stomach with your elbows right under your shoulders. Now grab your left leg and pull this towards your right butt cheek. You can also lay all the way down on the floor. You can also bring the heel outside of the hip if you are very flexible. This is a great stretch for your quad and hip. This will stretch the entire front of your body as well as your core. The more open you get with this pose, you can do bot...

How To: Practice nadi shodan or alternate nostril breathing

This yoga how-to video is intended for level one and two yoga student who are proficient in breathing practices. Follow along with this yoga breathing lesson and learn how to do nadi shodan. Nadi shodan is more commonly known as alternate nostril breathing. This style of yoga breathing is used to relax the body and calm the mind. Try doing alternate nostril breathing at home.

How To: Do the pelvic rock yoga pose

The Pelvic Rocking exercise is a great pose for overcoming stiffness and drowsiness in the morning. Learn how to do the Pelvic Rocking Pose in this yoga video. First lie on your back, place heels under knees, inhale & exhale, rocking pelvis. With this how to video you will be able to do the pelvic rock yoga pose.

How To: Do the breath of fire hatha yoga diaphragm exercise

Breath of Fire is a great way to work the diaphragm and abs. Learn how to do diaphragm exercises in Hatha yoga in this fitness video. Take action: sit comfortably, tap on third eye, focus on exhalations, pump belly, and make sound with breath. Cindy Mastry, the instructor of this how-to video, has practiced yoga since the age of eight, and also has a background in Jazz and Ballet. Active in the fitness industry for nearly twenty years, she teaches aerobics, kickboxing, and yoga at many fitnes...

How To: Do a yoga sun salutation with a warrior pose

Surya namaskara is a very common sequence in any yoga class. Surya namaskara is better known as a sun salutation. This instructional yoga-how to video demonstrates a sun salutation sequence that you can practice at home with a Virabhadrasana II or warrior two movement. Watch and follow along with the inhale and exhales that correlate to the various sun salutation movements. Proper breathing is an essential part of any yoga routine.

How To: Balance your arms with the hummingbird yoga pose

Hummingbirds are very graceful and balanced when they are flying around. You too can be well balanced and graceful. This how to video demonstrates how to do the hummingbird pose for yoga. Although this arm balancing pose looks super difficult, here's an easy way to get into it with ease. The hummingbird yoga pose is sure to become one of your favorites. Balance your arms with the hummingbird yoga pose.

How To: Control yoga breath with a breathing theme

Watch this how to video to use a breathing theme with your stretches. Improve your flexibility and stronger mind body connection with yoga. This yoga breathing theme makes your stretches wonderfully fluid and helps you pace your breathing. It's a good strategy when flexibility is the goal.

How To: Do yoga arm binds in standing yoga poses

Yoga arm binds are part of what make seasoned yogis look like walking pretzels. Arm binds add difficulty to any yoga pose, testing your flexibility and balance. For this reason, many people find it hard to hold a standing pose with an arm bind, let alone get to an arm bind position.

How To: Double down breath to stop smoking, de-stress, detox

Sadie teaches us how to double down breath to stop smoking, de-stress, and detox. A great place to go is to your bathroom, people won't bother you for at least five minutes while you're in here, allowing you to calm down. This will help bring yourself back to center and cleanse your mind, calming down your brain waves. Start by breathing in for four counts through the notes, allowing the ribs to flair wide. Hold this for a moment, then exhale on eight counts from your mouth. Squeeze the belly...

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