Health Articles tagged ‘yoga’

Yoga Poses: Downward Dog

Downward Facing Dog (Adho Mukha Svanasana) is often one of the first yoga positions that beginners learn. This pose helps to lengthen the muscles in your hamstrings, calves and the Achilles tendon. Downward Facing Dog is also good for strengthening your hands and wrists, decreasing back pain and elongating...
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Dynamic Yoga Empowers Practitioners Through Extreme Exercise

There is something about Americans when it comes to exercise. We just seem to love pushing the limits; it’s the no pain, no gain mentality. Now, I’m not saying it’s good or it’s bad. I’m just observing that there are a lot of fitness folks who believe that pushing yourself...
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Yoga Poses: Child’s Pose

Child’s Pose (Balasana) is a resting pose that stretches the hips, thighs, ankles and back. It’s a good pose for relaxation and can be used if you’re tired and need a break, or between poses. Like, Downward Facing Dog, Child’s Pose is another good yoga pose for getting blood to the brain. It...
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Hot Bikram Yoga

Hot Bikram yoga was invented by yogi master Bikram Choudhury. It is practiced in a hot room at a temperature between 95 to 105 degrees F and a humidity of 50 percent. The hot and humid environment make your muscles stretch more while making you sweat. The theory is that sweating more releases toxins...
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Yoga Poses: Mountain Pose

Mountain Pose (Tadasana) is the foundation for all the standing poses so it’s a good place to start for beginning yoga students. This yoga pose can improve posture by properly aligning your spine, strengthening your thighs and can help relieve back pain. Over time, practicing Mountain Pose will teach...
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Yoga Poses: Corpse Pose

Corpse Pose (Savasana), also know as Death Pose, is probably the most relaxing of all yoga positions. Almost like meditation, many find that a few minutes in Corpse Pose is as relaxing and rejuvenating as an hour-long nap. It is usually used as the ending to a yoga session, although some practitioners...
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Yoga Poses: Cobra

Cobra Pose (Bhujangasana) is a very basic backbend that is helpful for folks with lower back pain because it increases spine flexibility. This yoga position for beginners can decrease stiffness in your lower back while strengthening your arms and shoulders. While easy enough for a beginner, Cobra Pose...
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Yoga Ball

The term yoga ball is one of those things which should probably explode on the page the second that it is written. It is a bit like using a term like: slimming blubber. Ok, maybe it’s not quite that much of a misnomer, but there really isn’t any such thing as a yoga ball. You could read...
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Exercise Ideas For Individuals With Limited Mobility

It is a fact that people who are sedentary are more likely to suffer from the diseases and conditions that come with aging than those who are more active—the same goes for injuries. On the flip-side, people who are physically active are more likely to recover after an injury than those who are not...
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You’re no Dummy! Consider the Yoga Book for Anyone

There have lots of the “for dummies” books published over the last two decades. One of the most popular, is of course, Yoga for Dummies. And while you can get a really good overview of the practice in different types of yoga by using a book like Yoga for Dummies, there are also other resources...
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