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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: Practice the Firefly yoga pose

Yoga is a great way to strengthen your body and increase flexibility. This is a yoga tutorial for arm balance or Firefly pose. Yoga instructor Christine Navarro demonstrates the Tittibhasana or Firefly pose and provides instruction on the asana or pose.

How To: Practice couch yoga with Tara Stiles

Yoga is for everyone, not just yoga lovers. Yoga is even for those couch potatoes. It helps relieve stress and tension. This how-to video has yoga poses you can do on your couch. Watch and learn how to sitting poses and twists that will help you relax.

How To: Do a flying whale yoga pose with a partner

Partner Yoga is a unique physical and spiritual practice which combines powerful techniques and exercises from yoga. Partner yoga uses poses (asanas) to focus the mind and increase strength, stamina and flexibility. The poses are combined with breathing techniques (prananyams)

How To: Use a strap to assist in yoga stretching

In this video, Dina Prioste shows us how to use a strap while stretching with yoga. Start off laying down with your feet against a wall and toes pointed to the ceiling. Now, take your strap and extend your right leg up. Keep your left foot pressed against the wall. Next, pull the strap and flex your leg closer towards you until you feel a stretch. Do this on both sides of the body and make sure to keep your body flat against the floor. For a harder exercise, lean your leg to the right hand si...

How To: Do a hatha yoga spine stretch

Stretching the spine will help align back muscles. Learn how to stretch the spine in Hatha yoga with this video clip. Take action: begin in Table Pose, extend one leg back, lift opposite arm and reach, and exhale and stretch. Cindy Mastry, the instructor in 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 T...

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: Do Warm-Up Yoga Poses

Yoga posturing sequences are a succession of postures intended to flow together, one following the next. This is most commonly referred to as vinyasa or a personal yoga flow. Use these relaxing poses to release tension and stress from the entire body. Remember, the key to yoga is gentle, deep breathing and a clear mind.

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: Do a yoga downward dog pose with pushup variations

In this video, Dina Prioste shows us how to do a yoga downward dog pose with pushup variations. Start off in a plank pose with your hands directly underneath your shoulders, then into the downward dog position. Inhale as you go into plank and exhale as you go into the downward dog position. Keep your elbows in line with your shoulders and don't lower your elbows more than 90 degrees. The next variation of this is to put your hands shoulder width apart in downward facing down and push up and d...

How To: Do a yoga upward facing two foot staff pose

In this video, we learn how to do a yoga upward facing two foot staff pose with Dina Prioste. You will need two large blocks and make sure your body is warmed up. Now, line your head up with the blocks and take the palms of your hands onto the floor pointing towards your feet. Your shoulders should stay in line with your hips. Now, lift your hips up and keep your elbows in, don't let them go wide. Practice keeping them in as you deep breathe. Release back down, then get into the same position...

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 a spine-straightening yoga exercise

In this free video yoga lesson, you'll learn an exercise to strengthen and straighten your spine. With yoga, as with any physical fitness system, a basic mastery of proper technique is essential for both maximizing the effectiveness of your workouts and avoiding accidental injury. For more information, and to get started using this yoga exercise yourself, watch this handy home-fitness how-to..

How To: Increase lumbar spine flexibility with a yoga exercise

In this free video yoga lesson, you'll learn an exercise to improve your lumbar spine mobility. With yoga, as with any physical fitness system, a basic mastery of proper technique is essential for both maximizing the effectiveness of your workouts and avoiding accidental injury. For more information, and to get started using this yoga exercise yourself, watch this handy home-fitness how-to.

How To: Do a yoga deep hip and groin stretch

In this video, Dina Prioste shows us how to do a yoga deep hip and groin stretch. Begin in a wide straddle position with your knees slightly bent and your feet turned out. Now, bend over the right knee and stretch out your left leg, keeping it extended and active. Breathe for several seconds while in this position. You can put your hands in a prayer position here if you are comfortable. Once finished, go over to the other side of the body and continue to deep breathe. You can add this into yo...

How To: Do variations of the squat and crow yoga poses

In this tutorial, Dina Priost shows us how to do variations of the squat. Begin in a standard squatting position, and deep breathe 3 times. Now, place your hands on the ground and crouch down, placing one leg off the floor one after the other. The knees should be placing the arms around where your elbows are. The next move will start with a squat, and place the right arm on the ground with the left raised in the air. Do this with both arms while deep breathing. Place arms on the floor again w...

How To: Do a yoga flow into a handstand with Tara Stiles

Despite common misconception, yoga is extremely intensive and a challenge for core stability and muscle stability, especially when you encounter poses like handstands. Not easily done by even the most experienced yoga experts, handstands are a true test of your yoga prowess and ability to say "ohm" with two feet up in the air, arms aching and trembling.

How To: Do asanas in Kundalini yoga

Use yoga Asanas to awaken your Kundalini Energy in this video clip about yoga poses and moves. Take action: use same posture as Kundalini yoga, hold pose three to 11 minutes, and expect a challenge. Cindy Mastry, the instructor in 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 area. Cindy traine...

How To: Do yoga seated backbend poses

Richard Freeman shows how to do various seat backbend poses. Among these are the noose pose, heron pose, side bow pose and camel pose. As the yoga poses are being done, a narrator explains how to do them. Geared for an intermediate level.

How To: Firm your booty with a yoga wall-sit chair pose

In this video, Dina Prioste shows us how to your booty with a yoga wall-sit chair pose. Start off by sitting flat against the wall with your feet hip width apart. Hold this position for a few breaths. You shouldn't be sitting on an actual chair, just an invisible one. Now, grab a book and place it between your thighs, then squeeze as hard as you can while still breathing and focusing as much as you can. When finished, take a break and get back into the position and do that same move once agai...

How To: Do a yoga L shape handstand

In this video, Dina Prioste shows us how to do a yoga l-shaped hand stand. Come into a long plank pose and lift your hips up to come into downward dog. Work on getting your back nice and long in this position. Next, sit away from the wall with your feet flat up against the wall. From here, take your hands and flip over into a tabletop position. Now, lift your hips up and come into a short downward dog with your heels against the wall. Now take both feet to the wall to come into the l-shape. R...

How To: Go into a yoga handstand from a split pose

Please don't try this complex yoga move at home unless you are a mid to advanced level yoga practitioner. Yoga is all about flow and one movement melding into another seamlessly, and in this tutorial you'll learn how to do a headstand (with your elbows resting on the floor) from a split pose, then relaxing into a meditation pose.

How To: Do a yoga bind to stretch shoulders

In this tutorial, Dina Prioste shows us how to do a yoga bind shoulder stretch. Binds are when the hands are clasped together in any pose while you are doing yoga. Start in a side angle pose and take your top arm and place it behind your back while grabbing the other hand. If you have a lower side angle pose you can use a strap to help you stretch out, but not hold the other hand just yet. This is a great way for beginners to learn how to bind. You can also reach your hands under your thigh i...

How To: Do a yoga bird of paradise standing balance pose

In this video, we learn how to do a bird of paradise yoga move with Dina Priost. This move is an intense pose, so make sure you are properly warmed up before you go into this move. First, start in an extended side angle pose then go into a bind. Make sure your top shoulder is on top of the other with your chest opened up. Now, straighten your left leg so you are in a triangle pose. Look up or look straight out front taking deep breaths. Now, bend both your legs so they are straight and bend d...

How To: Perform hip opening tiger stretches

In this video from Shiva Rea we learn how to perform hip opening tiger stretches in yoga. Shiva oozes with sensuality and loves what she does. Coming forward into a lunge, take right arm in front of right shin, turn head to right side, and come back into the runner's stretch. Next time you come forward you can tuck the left toes under and turn to the left, a give a HA HA cough. And last, come forward, you can come to the edge of the right foot, turn head to the right, and get even lower, and ...