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If you can find a pair of yoga toe socks that fit, those can work just fine. Several people use them in my gym and are in some of the more advanced poses. They're not optimal; solid contact with the ground and having total control over your feet would be the best. It's also actually helpful to be able to look at your barefoot, and "see" where the weight is ...


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When you have reached a certain point of stretching a muscle, it will start to tense because of the stretch reflex. Stop at the first sign of muscle tension and stay there until you can relax, and the tension and discomfort is completely gone. Focusing on slow, smooth breathing helps. Once relaxed, you can go further into the stretch until you feel tension ...


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If your practice includes a proper cool-down sequence, then, by the end of your session, your heart rate, blood pressure, and breath rate should be close to their resting values already. So physiologically, no, you are not missing anything. A longer stay in the dead body pose is recommended for deep relaxation, it is a form of meditation, a form of ...


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If you have not stopped growing, then you may add some additional height. However, the only real way to tell this is to have x-rays done of your growth plates. If they have closed, then you will not be able to naturally add height. Stretching and yoga may help the slow shrinking that everyone goes through as the spinal cartilage and discs slowly compress ...


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People all learn things differently. Some may be able to figure out a complex movement from just a diagram, whereas others might need a video, and then there are those that learn simply by doing. Regardless of your particular brand of learning, however, there are two things that will remain constant: Form / safety always comes first. Practice makes ...


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Because you mentioned cheerleaders and the splits position: I think what you mean is the needle pose. The link leads to a wikihow article on how to train for it. They mostly mention how important it is to warm up properly. Both your legs and back need to be warm and stretched. In the linked article they say to practice this move by performing you splits on ...


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Answering the question directly: Generally speaking effective weight training increases your metabolic rate and yoga will decrease it. Yoga is primarily an aerobic activity and can be strenuous or easy, and it can be for short or long intervals. Weight training can target multiple large muscles several times a week, or it can be a hodge-podge of random ...


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According to the classical books on yoga, it is mentioned not to do yoga when the body is tired. So according to this, you should not do yoga after workout


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This happened to me when I started doing vigorous yoga again after an extended period of absence. My flexor muscles would cramp in simple things like child pose, but my base foot would always cramp during balance postures. It went away after a few weeks, in combination with the exercise and corrective measures. My primary training is as a massage therapist ...


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Hypertrophy (muscle building) through yoga is definitely unorthodox, but with a well thought out plan and an appropriate diet, it's certainly possible (to a degree). I recently heard a Ben Greenfield podcast on the subject. He had a dude on there touting his methods. I haven't gotten into it myself, but here's his youtube channel... looks like he has ...


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The evidence is equivocal. It would not seem to be a good match for calorie burn. An hour of yoga burns approximately 150 calories in an hour, less than half of the 300 calories that would be burned in an equivalent 3 MPH walk in the same hour. However, one 2005 study showed a correlation between yoga and weight loss. The study consisted of surveys, which I ...


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The direction of bending the spine is not the issue itself. With high blood pressure, the following precautions should be followed: avoid positions where the head is below the heart avoid sudden elevations (eg. standing up quickly from a lying position) avoid holding the breath pause or take a rest if the breath starts getting shallow or quicker That ...


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If you get into yoga (like I did) you might find that you start standing up straighter. I'm about as tall as you and what I realized is that before yoga I actually slouched a bit, might of had to do with not wanting to stand out so much (I grew up in a country where I was taller than most people). Eventually I started standing up taller with better posture - ...


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As you noted, stretching too far will result in pain and be counterproductive to your goals, but on the opposite end if you don't stretch enough then there is no intensity and no catalyst for change. You need to find your middle ground before pain but after the discomfort that signals the stretch is working. Every person is different and our experience in ...


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I recommend rolling the bottoms of your feet with a tennis ball; that should help loosen things up nicely.


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Rather than trying to learn the perfect form for all the exercises at the same time (probably exhausting yourself in the process), how about either Learning the perfect form for a couple of exercises and repeating those until you can naturally perform them without overly thinking. OR Learning the basic form for each exercise and repeating those. After ...


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It's a variation of dancer's pose (Natarajasana): that is often called king dancer's pose.


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I feel like it is difficult to pit these two (three) against each other. Having practiced yoga for a few years, and recently making the jump into weight training, they are two very different beasts. Yoga certainly helps with Flexibility. It is also a highly meditative or spiritual experience. Another great benefit that can be missed by weight training ...


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I absolutely agree with them! Yoga stretches help in sculpting both the upper and lower body and in getting it into shape. You might think that it involves only poses and stretches, but when doing it, you actually burn lots of fat and calories and you also strengthen your muscles and tissues.



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