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Yoga is commonly known as a generic term for a physical, mental, and spiritual discipline

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Alternative medicine advice on hydration from a yoga instructor

After yoga class yesterday, my instructor complained to me that I was burping too much in class. She saw a sparkling water bottle, which actually had tap water in it, and she assumed I was drinking ...
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Why after only one week of not working out my body gets so sore?

Two weeks ago I got sick and could not workout at all for a whole week. After the week I felt that I really needed to do a workout, I took it easy and started by doing yoga. A day after doing yoga I ...
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Yoga movements combinable with resistence training

I am looking for yoga poses such as glute bridge which I can use weights and resistance bands to make them more challenging. Any advice will be appreciated.
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Is it advisable to use a therapeutic stretch band as a yoga prop?

Is it recommended (or discouraged) to use a long therapeutic stretch band instead of a belt-style band for yoga poses? As an example, is innovation with the strap a bad idea, such as wrapping it ...
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Which is the right way of doing Siddhasana?

In this video Sadhguru speaks about Siddhasana and says "there is a point on the left heel that today medical sciences are calling it as the Achilles" and after some time he says "you put your ...
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Which type of Wheel Pose is better to increase height of the same pose?

I do sleeping position 'Chakrasana' (Wheel pose) for 5 minutes. It generates strength in hands and flexibility in whole body. There are two types - 'sleeping position' and 'standing position' in ...
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Head Stand with wall support really helps to perform balance?

Initially, it requires few days to perform ideal position and balance of head stand (yoga posture). So, I have been trying head stand with wall support as shown in following example picture, But, ...
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Complementary exercises to YOGA for releasing tension?

What exercises and exercise systems are the best complementary exercises to Yoga for releasing tension (immediate effect) I am thinking of non-strenuous exercises like foam rolling. With Yoga I mean ...
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Is focusing on the breathing an external focus, or internal focus, and is there research to back this up?

Just wondering if there is any research out there illustrating that focusing on your breath means your focus is external (because you're focusing on a reaction to the environment, as air is part of ...
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Practical Yoga disipline

I am a 44 year old male that want to maintain and improve my flexibility. I think it would be helpful with someone showing me the exercises so I have searched for courses in my area. Have not found ...
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Trying yoga with multiple injuries

I've had an abundance of injuries from the gym over the last couple of years despite having spent an awful lot of money on physio sessions and personal trainers... a lot of these injuries were my own ...
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How often should yoga be done on hands

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=abnv4TQvTnE I have had stiff fingers and wrists for quite a while. I did some small exercises in the youtube video, and they really helped. My stiffness has resided, ...
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Correct way to start Meditation and Fitness Exercise

I have browsed many questions but didn't find answers to my queries. Anyways, here is my very straightforward question to all experts and community members here. I'm 27 and just started doing ...
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Daily Yin Yoga Hamstring Workout

I have been doing Yoga for over 1.5 years now. Recently I started doing Acro Yoga. I noticed one of my limitations are my hamstrings. When I started Yoga, I couldn't even reach my ankle with my ...
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Getting into a meditative mindset for yoga [closed]

I've done yoga several times, but am not really big into it. I'd like to get more into it. The problem is, I'm the type whose mind is always running. Trying to simply stop and feel my inner self, ...
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Which pose/stretch is this?

The one on the bottom right - I often have upper back pain and it seemed interesting!
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What are some ways to ease a 50 year old asthmatic woman into yoga? [closed]

My aunt is severely asthmatic. She is slightly overweight, with most of her fat being on her hips and tummy. Our family doctor has advised light yoga to keep her fit as she is also prone to high blood ...
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Should I do yoga to avoid upper and lower back injuries?

I do regular body weight exercises like push-up (25reps,3 sets), chin-ups (10reps,3 sets), Inverted Rows (15reps, 3sets), Squats (20reps, 3sets), Lunges (15reps, 3 sets), Chair Dips (10reps, 3sets), ...
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Is Vinyasa yoga hurting my fitness objectives?

I am trying to loose weight. My main approach has been to eat healthy, lift weights 4~5 times a week and do Vinyasa yoga (power yoga) 4~5 times a week. I also fit in the occasional 60 minute run on ...
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How can I achieve this position?

I saw this picture: and noticed the straight upper and lower back. My hamstrings were tight, I stretched them a lot and I am able to touch the ground almost with the palms of my hands, but I think I ...
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Stretch to achieve a good position in an “earth touch”

I had really tight hamstrings. I have been stretching them for quite some time now and it improved remarkably. When I look at this picture I notice the straight upper an lower back. This is not a ...
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Is it important to get a massage? Or is yoga is better? [closed]

I have been going to the gym for almost 6 months and have never once had a massage. I do yoga for relaxation and stretching. I don't like getting massages. Is this good for my body and its growth?
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Can i be taller after 23 and how to gain muscles [closed]

i am 23 years .I want to be taller,on this age i cant get be taller?I would like only six inches.I dont want to wear shoes or anything to make me seem like i am taller.My body can obtain 6 inches or ...
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I want to know specific exercises for (preferred yoga) for weight loss considering my slip disk [closed]

Two years back I had fallen from a tree from a height about 2 stories straight standing on the ground. I had the x-ray at that time which showed I was ok. I ignored it and later on the pain grew to ...
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Will yoga practice make previous body problems reappear? [closed]

It's a theme I keep hearing repeatedly from Yoga teachers: when you start Yoga for first time or after a long pause all past body ailments will somehow reappear for some time (supposedly until you "...
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Is Surya Namaskar Considered Dynamic Stretching

They say do Dynamic Stretching before run. Will train for Couch to 5K. Is Surya Namaskar considered Dynamic Stretching? Or are there other Dynamic Stretches to do in addition to Surya Namaskar?
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Are there stretches/exercise/yoga movements for tight jaws/neck?

I have recently attempted to get going with my speed-walking routine but I get a lot of neck/jaw pain. I have bruxism and usually wake up with real tense jaws/neck (despite wearing nightguards and ...
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Is there an inverse relationship between range of motion and stability?

I have a fairly reputable yoga instructor with 16 years of experience in various fitness-related roles who claims that increasing range of motion through stretching actually reduces stability. The ...
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How to lie down on your back properly during Yoga?

If you know about Yoga, then you know we have to lie on our back during Uttanpadasana (Raised Foot Pose). I do this comfortably. But I'm doubtful if I'm lying down properly or not. How I lie is in ...
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Why are beginners told to relax their tense shoulders muscles in yoga?

In most yoga poses, we are reminded to relax our shoulder muscles. I don't understand: why do we have tension then? It seems to be a natural inclination to make them active in these poses, so why is ...
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What is the name of this acro yoga move?

What is this acro yoga move called, where the base is standing bent at the waist, the flyer stands next to them and leaps onto the shoulder of the base, while the base supports and lifts them with ...
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Improvements to Curved Back while sitting on Heels and trying to get Back aligned with floor?

You sit on top of heels. You try to get back to the floor straight while bending backwards. A picture is here. The ideal position has the lumbar spine almost touching the floor, specifically the ...
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Is it possible to move each toe individually?

I'm wondering if it is possible (probably with lot of training) to control each of my toe independently of the others. Big toe and pinky: no problem, but the three middle ones: I can't. This ...
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Any Yoga routine for Skinny Guys to Gain Muscles?

As I know Yoga can give us many benefits in many ways to our body. I am a skinny guy and I think yoga will also help me to gain muscles. But is there any regular Yoga routine for Skinny Guy Rules to ...
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How often and how long should yoga be practiced for optimal health benefit?

Yoga is a very varied way of exercise -- e.g., doing Surya Namaskar many times will of course improve one's stamina; most of the yoga asanas will build both strength and flexibility; some will help to ...
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108 Surya Namaskar - What are they counting

I'm not sure if I should post here, or on Hinduism forum, as it is Yoga and Power workout. I have been doing Surya Namaskar in the morning. I am comfortable at 30 rounds. But according to tradition,...
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Meditation (Relaxation or breathing exercises) after exercise - Is it a good practice?

Is it a good practice to meditate or do some breathing exercises (like Pranayam, Analom-Vilom) soon after daily gym exercise? It felt to me that during our gym exercises the heartbeat rate increases ...
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Yoga for Muscle Gain?

So, I'm not exactly a gym-going kind of guy; I like outdoor action sports like trail running and mountain biking. However, I've come to a point where all this lower body exercise has made me sort of ...
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Significance of dead body pose in yoga

My yoga instructor always asks me to finish off my session with the dead body pose. I understand the need and benefits of a cooling off session but when I'm hard pressed for time I sometimes skip it. ...
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Yoga & Weight-Loss

Yoga is known to improve the flexibility of human body, and also improves muscle tone. But does it actually helps in weight-loss?
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Are back bends in yoga bad for someone with high blood pressure?

Back bends in yoga are know to have beneficial effects on ones body. It counteracts the forward bending that is very prevalent in our daily lives - driving a car, working on a computer etc. But I've ...
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Can I increase my height after 24? [duplicate]

I am 24 years old. I am ready to do exercise and yoga too..
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How far should one stretch when doing yoga?

What is the typical threshold for how far one should stretch in, say, doing a forward bend? There are different levels of discomfort—and I know one should not stretch to the point of pain, but when ...
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Cramping in the soles of my feet during certain stretches

I always used to be a very flexible person. In middle school, I could do full splits straddle and front-and-back on both sides. Even into high school and college, I continued to be able to do lotus ...
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Doing Yoga in Socks

Is doing yoga in regular socks okay? Are the yoga toe socks better, the same, or worse than doing yoga barefoot? Just a little background: I am going to soon begin a yoga class at my local gym, but ...
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Pilates- Taking time to learn form versus… actually doing it?

I bought this manual on the Pilates method and upon reading it, I was pretty surprised how wrong my form has been all along. This manual has enough detail for each exercise to effectively keep ...
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What is this exercise/pose called?

Standing on one foot, other foot above the head, back arched, hands reach over the head, grasping the foot. So legs are in a 'splits' position. I wanna look into how to progress into such a position, ...
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Yoga for Flat abdomen

I have read in many articles that the key for flat abs is weight training. Such as squats and other stuffs and the nutrition too. But I have been doing the weight training for a while (approximately 6 ...
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Improving breathing in a deeply bent leg situation (diaphragm compression?)

I don't know if this is something idiosyncratic or just something that everyone deals with, but I have a difficult time breathing when my diaphragm is compressed, such as when I'm crouching (which ...
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How to eliminate pain while performing half-pigeon?

I practice yoga fairly frequently -- a minimum of 2 times per week, usually Warm Vinyasa flow. One pose that I have been unable to get comfortable in is half-pigeon, despite increased flexibility ...