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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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