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: Alleviate back pain with prenatal yoga

Back pain is a common discomfort that women experience during and after pregnancy. Though a short, effective standing and seated series, this yoga how to video concentrates on alleviating some of these common aches and pains. Side bending poses help release lower back pain by stretching the latissimus dorsi (lower back) muscles. Forward bend and hip openers release and extend the lower back, hip and hamstring muscles. Twisting poses help stretch and release the back and shoulder muscles, crea...

How To: Practice a vinyasa sequence for yin yoga

Learn a yoga sequence from a professional. Watch this Yin Yoga How-to video to learn how to do a vinyasa sequence. Star with the child pose and round up to downward facing dog. Lengthen your legs and move into a twisting lunge by opening your heart area. Follow along with this yoga vinyasa sequence to stretch and elongate your body.

How To: Do a yoga forearm stand to open up the chest

In this video tutorial, viewers learn how to do a yoga forearm stand. Begin by placing a block against the wall. Then create an L shape with both hands and old them against the block. Now look forward at the block and stand on the toes of your feet. Keep the elbows on the floor and aligned with your shoulders. Move your feet as close to the block as you can and start to lightly hop on each foot Then press both feet up and let the wall support your feet. This video will benefit those viewers w...

How To: Stretch out your stress before bed

A quick and effective sequence, to get your body de-stressed before bed and help relieve restless legs syndrome, with Sadie Nardini, founder of Core Strength Vinyasa Yoga. No more restless nights, no more medication this video shows how stretch and fall asleep comfortably.

How To: Stretch your feet after a long run with yoga

We walk on our feet all day, give them a break at the end of the day with a little yoga. This how to video shows you a few yoga stretches that will help your feet relax after a long day or a long run. Watch and learn how yoga can help you feet feel a whole lot better.

How To: Create awareness of your tailbone with yin yoga

Learn a how to become more aware of your tailbone while practicing yin yoga. Watch this Yoga How-to video as our host demonstrates a few poses that focus on tailbone awareness. Becoming more aware of certain areas of the body, such as the tailbone, will help improve your yoga practice.

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: 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: 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 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 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: 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: Open tight hips with a hip and hamstring yoga sequence

Need to open up and stretch those tight hips and hamstrings? As you know yoga poses require a great deal of flexibility and strength. Check out this yoga how-to video tutorial to learn a quick hip and hamstring sequence that will help stretch and open up your lower body . Open tight hips with a hip and hamstring yoga sequence.

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: Perform a 5 minute daily morning yoga routine

If you only have 5 minutes to practice in the mornings, string together the four warrior poses. Begin in the Downward Facing Dog position. Push into Plank pose. Transition into Cobra pose. Then, push back into Downward Facing Dog. Lift right leg up, swing it through into a lunge. Transition into Warrior I pose. Open from Warrior I to Warrior II. Then, transition into Reverse Warrior pose. Then, Open up into side angle pose.

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: Awaken your kundalini

Awakening the female energy that resides in the base of your spine is not a process that can be done in an afternoon but is something you work towards though lots of work in kundalini yoga and work toward an enlightened state of being.

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: Use Kundalini yoga mantras

Kundalini yoga focuses on awakening the energy that is found in the base of the spine. Learn how to use mantras for Kundalini yoga in this Kundalini video clip about yoga poses and postures. Take action: mantra is a repetition of words and chant mantras to find higher level of consciousness. 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 teac...

How To: Become more flexible with yoga

Flexibility is generally defined as the range of motion of the joints. It is the ability to bend and stretch easily without too much effort. Flexibility depends upon various factors like the state of the joints, muscles, length and looseness of muscles, shape of bones, age etc. Some medical conditions like arthritis can affect flexibility.

How To: Transition between a yoga headstand to an arm balance

In this 6 part how to video series, we play with moving from "sirsasana" (headstand) yoga pose to "bakasana" (crow/crane). This yoga tutorial breaks down some of the components and looks at ways to access the transition more easily. Watch this tutorial and you'll be able to practice yoga in no time.

How To: Practice the half camel yoga pose with neck work

In this yoga how-to video Kira Ryder plays moving towards half camel (ustrasana). She emphasizes the movement toward the half camel yoga pose slowly and with awareness on the whole spine and neck. Allowing the neck to be an expression of the posture helps us be in truth. So watch and learn how to use the half camel yoga pose for neck tension.