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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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Assistance by a partner can be useful and can speed up the learning process. A partner can hold your legs and watch your form, even if she is not proficient in the handstand. This is only after you can hold the handstand by the wall. Also, be careful not to kick your partner accidentally. One really good assistance exercise was someone holding your ...


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It won't do you any harm, but I would say it would be far more beneficial to do it the other way round. If there isn't enough time before yoga, maybe you could do cardio first, then yoga, and finish with press ups and abs work.


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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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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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There are a few adjustments you can try: elevate the pelvis, this will take some pressure off the knees bend the knees to full flexion move knee outwards if comfortable (bring the knee outside the line of the body) If you still have pain or discomfort, try different versions/similar poses, standing supported, standing resting on other leg, standing bent ...


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Cycling has been shown to shorten the rectus femoris. This happens because its range of motion is smaller than in for example running. The same thing happens to any muscle that is used across a shorter range of motion, so I presume that the exact same thing happens to the hamstring. There is another factor that plays a role there as well. The hamstring has ...


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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 started practicing yoga regularly (2-4 times a week) a little over a year ago, and quickly found that Warm Vinyasa Flow Yoga was the best for me when it came to increasing flexibility. The warmer temperature allows me to loosen up a bit quicker, and the quicker, repeated flows allow me to notice a difference in my flexibility between the start and finish ...


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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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Most often, it is tightness in the lateral rotators that prevent people from safely getting into the lotus position. So yes, a tight piriformis is likely a culprit. The adductors are usually not the issue for lotus. First of all, if you have acute knee pain, you should not even attempt a lotus, or do any of the preparation exercises. If you are pain free at ...


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Himanshu, First, congratulations on taking your health and fitness seriously. Taking the time to exercise is a big deal and I hope you make it a long term goal. Many experts recommend morning exercises as the best, especially before breakfast. Personally though, I don't believe that the time of the day matters. What matters is the consistency and ...


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The answer very much depends on what exactly your asana practice consists of, and what your goals are. Yoga asana practices usually consist of active static stretching and passive stretching. There is very little dynamic stretching in yoga. This is important for you, because passive stretching does not fit into the beginning of a workout. So if your asana ...


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I would also add the same caution people have started making in regards to stretching before running, namely that if you over-stretch, you may make the tendons and muscles looser and more likely to be injured if you heavily exert them. Proper yoga, I am sure, does not strain the muscles and joints, but many people get competitive about getting deeper into ...


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Yes, it's okay to perform other body weight exercises right after yoga. P90X has a video on cardio; the video starts with about 15 mins of yoga (as warmup exercises), after which it moves into Kempo moves for about 15 mins. It then goes into cardio section and finally ends the session with 15 mins of body core exercises. That basically answers your question. ...


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It is not easy to build your own practice, but it is well worth the effort. Once established, you'll have much more benefit compared to someone who occasionally visits yoga classes. There are a few things that need to be addressed when building the practice of your own: Discipline: you need to get on the mat, day in, day out. This doesn't just mean ...


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If you can get your hand on P90X Yoga, give it a try; it's an hour and half though. It has all the yoga moves you've seen in other programs, and the movements are slow and steady. The instructor also shows you modified versions of the moves, just in case you are not strong enough to perform the hard ones. It also has some extra exercises, specifically ...


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Yoga can help a lot in fixing imbalances as any stretching routine would do. But, you really need to observe yourself in front of a mirror or better yet, another knowledgeable person to help you. We get imbalances from when we train one muscle group too hard and not bothering to release the tension built up after lifting weights. I suggest to completely ...


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Drinking your cold water is fine. And no, it doesn't defeat the purpose of the exercise. The purpose of the exercises (and the heat), according to Bikram Yoga is : Yoga changes the construction of the body from the inside out, from bones to skin and from fingertips to toes. So before you change it, you have to heat it up to soften it, because a warm ...



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