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Is it possible to move each toe individually?

Yes, with practice, you could learn to control every toe individually. The reason it is difficult, is that the part of your brain which is responsible for voluntary movements, the motor cortex, has ...
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Alternative medicine advice on hydration from a yoga instructor

Disclaimer: I am not a professional of any kind in this or any related field. I am not in fantastic shape, either. All I can really say for my cred is that I exercise regularly and I've completed a ...
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What is the difference between yoga and stretching?

There are branches of yoga with focus on different things. If we're going with the static, more relaxed yoga poses (see: yin yoga), then we're doing a lot of seated and laid down stretching. Breath ...
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How does the founder exercise work?

I deadlift a heavy set once a week. This does not seem to be helping [my posture and back discomfort]. And why should it? Because if your max deadlift is 60kg then maintaining proper posture against ...
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Can an inflexible person do yoga?

Yes, not only can you do yoga. I would say you should do yoga. Sure, yoga has a reputation of being performed by people who are already very flexible, but yoga and other types of stretching is how you ...
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What would happen if an adult was forced into a right split?

I'm not aware of any testing being done, and there is no guarantee that it would produce injuries, but it certainly could produce injuries. Some possible examples are: Torn/strained muscles Torn ...
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How to do the Sphinx Pose for men

When doing a pose like this, there are three main areas of potential groin discomfort for me. Discomfort from the upper pubic area pressing against the ground: This area typically has a layer of fat, ...
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Is there an inverse relationship between range of motion and stability?

Excessive joint mobility and muscle flexibility can cause instability and lack of strength at end ranges of motion. Most people need to improve their range of motion because they are so immobile. But ...
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What are the principles for a correct headstand / sinsasana?

Don't put so much weight in your head. Push down through the forearms and lift through the shoulders. Almost no weight should be on the head. My teachers have told me 90% in the forearms/shoulders and ...
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Dealing with yogic philosophies and weight loss with yoga

If you practice the pure Yoga as it is in some Ashrams, they take habit to wake up early to practice on an empty stomach. This is supposed to help to burn fat since our body hasn't eat since many ...
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What is the name of the current position when you sit cross-legged on the floor and then extend one of your legs?

Cross-legged posture called swastikasana. Main difference between Swastikasana and Padmasana is, in Swastikasana, foot will be on the ground(ie. outer edge of your foot). and in Padmasana, foot will ...
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What is this position called in Yoga or gymnastics?

Urdhva Hastasana is the corresponding Asana in yoga, as often seen during sun salutations.
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Will yoga practice make previous body problems reappear?

The explanation is air-y fairy nonsence. The 'ailments' are just another way of describing DOMS: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Delayed_onset_muscle_soreness
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108 Surya Namaskar - What are they counting

so 108 sun salutations.One Suryanamaskar contains 12 asanas that complete one cycle, so one cycle per each leg (Right & left) complete one round. So 54 sets of this round will give 108 Sun ...
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Significance of dead body pose in yoga

Savasana or the Dead Body pose is a relaxation technique and to benefit from it you don't need to spend a long time in the pose. This is from my personal experience,what you need to do is try to feel ...
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What are some ways to ease a 50 year old asthmatic woman into yoga?

If her doctor has not already given you a list of exercises, this site has a list of concerns for more obese people doing yoga: Bending forward is in varying degrees hampered by the abdomen. If ...
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Which pose/stretch is this?

I'm mainly familiar with this exercise with the other arm reaching up to reach the arm going down. My stretching program with GMB calls it "Shoulder Combined Motions". When I was a child, checking out ...
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How should I train strength if I want to stay pain-free and have good mobility?

How should I train strength if I want to stay painfree and have good mobility? You should engage in progressively overloaded resistance training, following a program designed to build strength. ...
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How should a weak jointed man handle being drawn into doing kids yoga?

There are usually some modified, less strenuous poses you can take that will help you on the way to opening locked muscles and poses not accessable to you at this moment, or you can use props to ...
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Type of yoga mat for sweaty practice?

For the kind of "Yoga" where you are sweating, you often put a "Yoga Towel" on top of the mat. If you look on Amazon, some have keywords like "grip", "sticky", ...
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Increase Active Flexibility

Active flexibility is the combination of static flexibility in the muscle being stretched, and isometric strength at short muscle lengths in the antagonist of that muscle. So if you have the required ...
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What is the name of the current position when you sit cross-legged on the floor and then extend one of your legs?

Depending on your context, this pose is a half straddle. Straddle splits are with both legs spread outward, a half straddle is with one leg tucked in. The above pose in Yin yoga is called Dragonfly, ...
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Any Yoga routine for Skinny Guys to Gain Muscles?

First of all, yoga never ment to be about body physique. As stated in yoga "bible" - "Yoga Sutras of Patanjali", yoga is restraining the mind-stuff (Chitta) from taking various ...
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Any Yoga routine for Skinny Guys to Gain Muscles?

It can help only of you can do This kinds of exercices and that's not even true Yoga. So to be honest with you, if you think that you're really skinny and you're not hitting bodybuilding at the ...
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How to lie down on your back properly during Yoga?

For most people, the lower back will curve a little bit in a lying down position with straight legs. The reason is, that when the hip is extended, the pelvis will tilt a little bit forward from the ...
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How to lie down on your back properly during Yoga?

As best I can tell, the intent is to get your spine relaxed with your lower back down to provide more or less a straight line. Indeed, the recommendation is to raise your knees or to even put a ...
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Meditation (Relaxation or breathing exercises) after exercise - Is it a good practice?

Before I answer your main question—if meditation or yoga is helpful soon after working out—let me first address your claim about it causing an irregular heartbeat: your heart will increase gradually (...
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Is Surya Namaskar Considered Dynamic Stretching

Yes, Surya Namaskar is considered to be dynamic stretching the poses are not held longer than 10 seconds and there is constant movement while stretching. If you are new to the sun salutations, do your ...
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Are there stretches/exercise/yoga movements for tight jaws/neck?

As this can have chronic implications if not corrected, I feel an obligation to respond. Clinically I commonly see variants of this presentation. Note: Without a full assessment by a physical ...
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