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The best stretches for hip flexors are variations of the standing lunge. The basic version looks like this: The two main components to get the most out of it, if the goal is stretching the hip flexors, are: extension of the hip (putting the leg far behind) and flexing the back. Yoga is great for a start. Most versions of yoga 'sun salutes' include ...


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If you're contagious or think you might be, why not just attempt the yoga at your house, and skip the class, and skip possible infection of others.... Also, I'm no doctor, but for sore throats, apple cider vinegar + water + honey = quick fix for sure. Just fast, allow your body to focus on rebuilding your immune system. Do some stretches and yoga, relax, ...


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Probably the easiest form of 'handstand press' is starting with your feet on the ground, legs wide, putting your hands between the legs, and lift from there. (This version is called 'straddle press'.) There are many tutorials on youtube, see eg. this. To achieve this, you need: core strength, shoulder strength, hip and hamstring flexibility, wrist strength ...


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I would say this is mostly CORE, shoulders, lower back intensive. Exercises that would increase mobility and strength include: Yoga - stretching flexibility core stabilization Core work - planks, weighted crunches, leg lifts, hanging leg raises Military presses lateral raises - work your delts and traps for stabilization to hold that position. The ...


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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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