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How To: Do yoga poses for a more flexible body

Yoga is great for improving flexibility, but if you are truly stiff and locked up, there are specific poses that can help you move forward more quickly. Flexibility is not hard if you know which poses to practice and how to practice. Many yoga teachers will tell you to take it easy, be safe, and take your time. Yoga can work miracles, but you have to work too. Learn how to do yoga poses to get a more flexible body.

How To: Do a surya namaskara with proper breathing

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. Watch as it also shows you the proper breathing sequence to do during the sun salutation.

How To: Practice yoga for PMS with Self Magazine

Yoga not only helps with body strength and flexibility but it can also help easy pre-menstral syndrome. In this fitness how to video SELF Magazine features yoga positions for PMS. Watch and learn how to decrease the bloating and cramps with seated twists, wind pose, cat pose, bow pose, reclining angle, crocodile pose, bridge, thunderbolt, half shoulder stand, rag doll, modified cobra pose and finally child's pose.

How To: Do a yoga vinyasa lunge sequence

In this yoga how-to video sequence drop into a deep lunge, opening the side body and neck area. Explore a pigeon with thigh stretch, and release through downward facing dog into revolved dog. Watch how easy it is to do a yoga vinyasa lunge sequence with yoga instructor Kira Ryder.

How To: Practice the cactus to upward facing bow yoga pose

Learn arm awareness in yoga without being in compromising and difficult poses. In this yoga how-to video Kira Ryder plays with using the cactus arm action to assist in creating the shoulder blade support in urdhva dhanurasana, upward facing bow pose, sometimes called wheel. Watch and learn how to work the cactus action movement to feel your arms while practicing yoga.

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: Reduce anxiety using yoga with Tara Stiles

Tara Stiles teaches us how to reduce anxiety using yoga in this video. You can do this any time of the day, and it will help you relax and have some time for yourself. Start by sitting up against a flat surface, and rest your hands on your knees. Close your eyes for a few minutes, following your breath. The thoughts will still happen in your head, but try to focus on your breathe as much as you can. After you do this, take your body to the side and bring your arm around your head while lookin...

How To: Do a yoga handstand with variations for beginners

In this tutorial, Dina Prioste shows us how to do deep handstands. You will need a yoga strap and a wall to do this. Start off by getting on all fours and then gently raising your legs onto the wall one at a time. Raise one leg directly up from the wall and then raise the other to make an "L" shape with your legs. If you have trouble doing this, grab a yoga strap and secure it around your triceps. Now, face towards the wall and practice kicking up until your legs are raised against the wall. ...

How To: Do a yoga 'dedicated to the sage' arm balance pose

In this video, Dina Prioste shows us how to do a yoga arm balance pose. Warm up before you do this pose, to avoid muscle pull. Start in a wide lunge stance and work on getting your elbows down to the floor. If you can't do that, stack some blocks or books to where your elbows can stretch to. Now, sit back and stretch your foot, then go back to the same pose and get your shoulders down as low as you can. You can spread your arms out while doing this, and focus on relaxing and staying in balanc...

How To: Do a serotonin-releasing belly roll yoga move

Most people don't commit to an exercise program because it seems too strenuous to do either before work (which means in the wee hours of the morning) or after work (when you've had a dull pain gnawing at the back of your head the entire day and had a shitty day at work and commute home).

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 yoga boat pose with a twist for power

In this tutorial, Dina Prioste shows us how to do a yoga boat pose with a twist for power. First, begin in a boat pose raising your legs up and facing forward. Interlace your hands together and inhale. Exhale and twist to the left and right side while pushing your legs forward and back. Next, place your hands on the floor and fall into a reverse tabletop position. Inhale and exhale several times in this position, then return to the boat twists and do quicker for twelve times each side. Rememb...

Do an anti-aging yoga move: downward facing dog

In this tutorial, Jessica Cassity from Prevention Magazine guides us through how to do the downward-facing dog yoga position. This is a great anti-aging yoga move that also strengthens bones. This is a great move for anyone that is just beginning to do yoga. To get into position, get on all fours on a yoga mat on a flat and hard surface. Curl your toes under, and bend up pushing your head down and raising your stomach into the air. Firm your shoulder blades against your back and keep your hea...

How To: Do the splits using the yoga Monkey pose

Splits are easy when you're a little kid and flexibility is your friend. But joints and muscles naturally stiffen as you get older, making extreme stretching - including splits - increasingly difficult. You also get jipped of that wonderful hyperactive playtime called recess, when such physical tricks usually take place.

How To: Increase your lung capacity with full yogic breath

In this how to video, you will learn how to perform the full yogic breath with retention. Lengthen your spine and feel the back of the head extend towards the ceiling. Feel your shoulders move out towards the sides. Place your right hand on your abdomen and left on the chest to feel the movement of the body as you practice this. Inhale into the abdomen and feel it expand into the rib cage. Keep inhaling into the chest and collar bone. Exhale from the chest only and contract the rib cage. Last...

How To: Practice the Half Frog yoga pose

The Half Frog pose increases flexibility in the neck and shoulders. Learn how to do the Half Frog Pose in this video clip about yoga positions and moves. To do the Half Frog yoga pose you should touch left foot with left hand, press knee back, pull heel to hip, and breathe properly. With this how to video you will be able to incorporate the Half Frog pose into your yoga routine.

How To: Do the Deer Seal yoga pose

Want to find new yoga poses? Learn about the Deer Seal Pose in this yoga video clip. To do the Deer Seal pose you should open up hips, stack legs, sit up straight and bring chest forward. With this how to video you will be able to do the Deer Seal yoga pose.

How To: Do the bound forward fold yoga pose

In yoga the Bound Forward Fold involves twisting the body and clasping the hands together. Learn a new yoga pose in this video yoga lesson. Take action: place feet wider than hips, root into feet, bend knees to lock, and focus on breathing. 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 c...

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: 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 sun salutation sequences with triangle poses

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 triangle, or trikonasana, 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: Open up the muscle tension in hips with yoga

Open your life by opening your hips. Tension in your hips may lead to low back pain and an overall tightness in the way we walk and the way we approach each day. Opening your hip area will reduce the stress in your body, improve your balance, and create a lightness that you can take into your day. Watch this video yoga tutorial and learn some moves to open up your hips.

How To: Open the shoulders and chest with prenatal yoga

During pregnancy the natural curves of the spine become exaggerated causing the lower back to sway as well as the upper back and shoulders to round. This rolling forward of the shoulders causes the ribcage to collapse down compressing the lungs and diaphragm which results in a breathless feeling along with feeling like there is very little space left for the baby. Another unfortunate result of the ribcage compressing the stomach area is the stomach acid gets pushed up the esophagus resulting ...

How To: Open the hips and lower back with a scorpion yoga pose

If you run, you know that running tightens your hip flexors and lower back. There are certain yoga poses that focus on opening this areas. This yoga how-to video tutorial demonstrates how to do the scorpion pose. Scorpion is a yoga pose that's actually a balancing backbend. It's feels amazing on the front of your body and your spine, but it's a really difficult pose to get into, let alone hold long enough to get a good stretch. You can do it using a ball, but here's another way to do it, usin...

How To: Do a neck and shoulders yoga routine

Learn a relaxing yoga routine to release the tension in your head, neck and shoulders. In this fitness how to video, Deborah York guides the viewer through a yoga routine designed to stretch and relax the upper back and neck muscles. Yoga help us both obtain physical balance and helps us in keeping balance in our lives. Watch this tutorial and you will learn how to gain strength and flexibility through yoga.