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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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Doing Yoga in Socks

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 ...
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Cramping in the soles of my feet during certain stretches

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 ...
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How far should one stretch when doing yoga?

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 ...
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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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Significance of dead body pose in yoga

If your practice includes a proper cool-down sequence, then, by the end of your session, your heart rate, blood pressure, and breath rate should be close to their resting values already. So ...
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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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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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Can I increase my height after 24?

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 ...
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Pilates- Taking time to learn form versus... actually doing it?

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. ...
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What is this exercise/pose called?

Because you mentioned cheerleaders and the splits position: I think what you mean is the needle pose. The link leads to a wikihow article on how to train for it. They mostly mention how important it ...
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Yoga for Flat abdomen

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 ...
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How to safely approach the lotus position for someone with tight hips?

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 ...
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Is it okay to do workouts immediately after doing yoga?

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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What are the best benefits of yoga (versus cardio and weight training)?

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. ...
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