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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 relatively little area devoted to your toes. Here is a representation of the relative area each body part has in the motor cortex: The more area devoted to the ...


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In the book The Science of Yoga, William Broad discusses this in detail. My summary: for measures of cardiovascular fitness, Yoga is inferior to aerobic exercise. Indeed a small study of Yoga instructors (who do enormous amounts of yoga) found them to be roughly equivalent in measures of cardiovascular health (VO2 Max, etc) to someone who jogs 3-4 hours ...


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First of all yoga is not a physical exercise. What people call Yoga in the west is actually called HathaYoga which deals with the body. HathaYoga involves the whole body system including the breath. If you do it only as a pose, it gives only the benefits what a normal strech will give you. Yoga is powerful and it will do miracles only with that spiritual ...


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Purely a 'by experience' answer here, having tried both: Advantages of a thinner mat: More sturdy foundation for balancing Far less bulky when rolled up for transport/storage Dries quicker from sweat/moisture (especially important in Bikram) Advantages of a thicker mat: Knee cushioning when kneeling Tops of the feet cushioning when sitting on your heels ...


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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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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 handful of races without dying. For the purposes of this Q&A, I am going to assume that the reason this sounds like quackery is because you are interested in ...


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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 a light load is a large fraction of your strength and therefore can't last long, whereas if your max deadlift is 120kg then maintaining proper posture against ...


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Basic Beginner Lifting If I were new to weight training and doing yoga (or almost anything) four times a week, I'd either: A) Reduce the yoga (or sport, or hiking, or whatever) to three times a week and weight train twice a week for a while, focusing on achieving a basic standard of strength (see footnote) B) Keep doing yoga four times a week and strength ...


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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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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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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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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 work But then yoga adds some key elements, that sets it apart from just stretching. One of those elements is breath work. By focusing on deep, paced breathing, a ...


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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 tendons Stretched/torn ligaments Avulsion fractures (Tendon tears away taking a piece of bone with it) Actual fractures/dislocations That is by no means an ...


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The thickness of your yoga mat has a lot to do with how comfortable it is — too thin, and your knee may get banged up during crescent lunge. The tradeoff is that thick yoga mats (some as thick as 1/4 inch) can make it harder for you to feel a strong connection to the floor, making you more wobbly. Otherwise, it really just depends on whether you want a bulky ...


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Below is a list of popular yoga styles which are probably available where you live. But of course there are a million approaches to yoga these days so it's not possible to list them all. Also it depends very much on the teacher and how much personal assistance you can get. It's always better to go to a small class with a skilled teacher. Iyengar Yoga - ...


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Yes, it's okay to perform other body weight exercises right after yoga. P90X has a video on cardio; the video starts with about 15 mins of yoga (as warmup exercises), after which it moves into Kempo moves for about 15 mins. It then goes into cardio section and finally ends the session with 15 mins of body core exercises. That basically answers your question. ...


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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 physiologically, no, you are not missing anything. A longer stay in the dead body pose is recommended for deep relaxation, it is a form of meditation, a form of ...


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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 for people who are extremely mobile, pushing to further ranges of motion can cause problems. For many sports, tasks, and health in general, we want to maintain ...


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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 10% in the head. It's usually easier to accomplish this if you hold elbows tighter together. In the beginning, they're usually to splayed apart. Other ...


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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, covered by hair. Pressing of the flesh, and pulling of the hair, can be painful, something both men and women will potentially experience. My usual of dealing ...


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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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Here's a reasonably good set of beginning advice: webmd. I'd say there likely aren't any exercises which will be specifically good for the third lumbar vertebra, but building up strength in that area should generally help. Especially given that you're underweight, building strength/increasing muscle mass is likely to be helpful. I'd recommend crunches, ...


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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 legs, ...


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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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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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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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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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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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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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