Heavyweight Yoga

Heavyweight Yoga

A certified yoga instructor in Austin, Texas, has been making waves in the fitness circuit not only because she teaches this stretching and balancing exercise to people of all shapes and sizes, but also because she is obese herself.  Abby Lentz, who is in her 60s, has recently released her DVD entitled “Heavyweight Yoga,” which is designed for people with excess weight and bulges to get rid of the usual stereotypes that yoga is just for the lean and thin.   Inspired from the Kripalu Yoga, Lentz …

5 Ways to Stay on Track with Yoga

5 Ways to Stay on Track with Yoga

Everything India has never been so hot, especially after the monumental success of Slumdog Millionaire at the recent Oscars. While everybody is doing the upbeat Bollywood dance, you decide to take on yoga. You know it is a simple workout program that is easy to learn. You know it will soothe your soul while working out your body. You also know very well that this program strengthens your cardiovascular system, stretches and tones your muscles, and improves your mental fitness. You have read a lo…

Getting Started with Tai Chi

Getting Started with Tai Chi

Thing about these health benefits: better respiratory and cardiovascular function, improved flexibility and balance control, reduced anxiety, stress, and pain; strengthened abs, legs, and arms, lower risk of hypertension, heart attacks, heart failure, multiple sclerosis, Alzheimer’s, and Parkinson’s. There is no reason why you should not practice t’ai chi. If you are sick and tired of tennis or step aerobics or kickboxing, but still want to stay fit, try t’ai chi. Unlike many other forms of exer…

Yoga vs. Pilates

Yoga vs. Pilates

Yoga and pilates are two of the most popular forms of exercises right now. With practitioners singing the praises for both workouts, people who want to pick up a physical activity to keep them fit want to know which one is the better exercise routine?YogaYoga is based on the Eastern thought of moving energy throughout the body. You are healthiest and most energetic when energy is able to flow freely. Physical strains hamper the energy flow. Eventually strained areas of your body will become taut…

Easy Yoga Breathing Techniques

Easy Yoga Breathing Techniques

Not only does Yoga have to do with holding poses for several seconds, but it also deals with deep breathing techniques.  Yogic breathing uses controlled inhalation, exhalation, and the retention of vital energy.  This brings in more oxygen to the blood and brain, as well as control vitality.  Here are some of the easier breathing techniques applied in yoga.Alternate nostril breathingAlso known as Anuloma Viloma, this technique manipulates the flow of energy through the channels in body, bringing…

The Benefits of Yoga

The Benefits of Yoga

When the term “yoga” is voiced out, several images come to mind. Most of them are stretching exercises and out of this world poses that need to be maintained for a specific length of time. What most people don’t know is people who do yoga have greater strength, energy and flexibility. The different flexibility exercises combined with deep breathing can turn the most skeptical of all people into a believer in just hours. People have confessed that after taking yoga classes, their ener…

The Basic Yoga Positions Part 2

The Basic Yoga Positions Part 2

This part of the yoga session begins right after you are done with your shoulder stand. The next poses focuses on stretching the backBridge pose This yoga pose strengthens the spine and helps build your core and lower body strength. The Bridge Pose is effective in promoting relaxation and reducing stress. The legs and the hips do most of the work in this routine, which relieves your tired feet. Keep in mind that this pose is not advisable for people who are suffering from serious back or knee in…

The Basic Yoga Positions: The Final Position

The Basic Yoga Positions: The Final Position

These are the final five poses that are usually used in a basic yoga session. Half spinal twist This lengthens and strengthens the spine. It is also beneficial for your liver, kidneys, and the adrenal glands as well. This is one of the few yoga poses that rotates the spine. The movement also tones the spinal nerves and ligaments, and can improve digestion. In doing this position, keep your spine erect and your shoulders leveled. Twist a little more every time you exhale. Kneel down with your kne…

The Basic Yoga Positions Part 1

The Basic Yoga Positions Part 1

Once you have warmed-up, you can now begin the basic positions in your yoga session.Sun salutation The Sun Salutation is a yoga pose that flexes up the whole body in preparation for the proceeding asanas. Each position counteracts the one before, stretching the body in a different way and alternately expanding and contracting the chest to regulate the breathing. Daily practice of this provides great flexibility and trims your waist as well. Remember to coordinate the movements with your breathin…

Basic Yoga Session: The Warm-Up

Basic Yoga Session: The Warm-Up

In beginning your yoga session, you should undergo a certain “warm-up” stage. This consists of simple stretches of your whole body, as well as relieving the tension in your neck and shoulders. Corpse pose The Corpse Pose is considered a classic relaxation yoga pose. It is practiced before or in between asanas as well as a Final Relaxation. It may look deceptively simple, but it actually requires intense concentration. Begin by lying down with your back on the yoga mat. Then rotate your legs, one…