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Doctor insights on: Beginner Yoga Poses

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What are great yoga poses for a beginner to start out with?

What are great yoga poses for a beginner to start out with?

See below: The best thing to do in my opinion is to start out with a gentle yoga class with an experienced teacher who can show you the proper alignment techniques. Do not be in a hurry to "graduate" to more advanced classes and power classes. I see many people in these upper level classes who are using poor form and alignment and will likely hurt themselves. It takes time but it is well worth it. ...Read more

Dr. Scott Keith
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Yoga (Definition)

The term yoga comes from a sanskrit word which means yoke or union. Traditionally, yoga is a method joining the individual self with the divine, universal spirit, or cosmic consciousness. Physical and mental exercises are designed to help achieve this goal, also ...Read more


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What are some very easy and gentle yoga poses to begin with?

Meditation: To start with and progress from it to various techniques. ...Read more

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What are good, simple yoga poses to do before bed to relax?

What are good, simple yoga poses to do before bed to relax?

See below: Look up the term yoga nidra. This is exactly what you are looking for. It is a wonderful practice. You will sleep like a baby. I do whenever I do this. ...Read more

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What are the best yoga poses or stretches to release upper back tension?

What are the best yoga poses or stretches to release upper back tension?

Many poses help: Yoga in general is great for upper body stretches. Try going you beginner yoga class. You could also start with sun salutations. Others poses that may be good for upper back tension include down dog, child's pose, twists ( standing and seating), cat/core stretch., cobra, locust, bridge. Make sure you adjust your posture at work. ...Read more

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What are the best yoga poses for working out my calves?

What are the best yoga poses for working out my calves?

See below: Pretty much all of the standing yoga asanas with work your calves. The important thing is to focus on proper alignment and build the pose from the ground up by activating all of your muscles in any pose. The provides a whole body work out. Other poses that build the calves would be bridge pose and tip toe bridge pose, all of the warrior series, dancers pose, tree pose and many others. ...Read more

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Can you tell me some good yoga poses for improving asthma?

Can you tell me some good yoga poses for improving asthma?

Not aware: Never read any study on this. However some years ago, i co-authored an article on transcendental meditation improving asthma. If yoga works on the same principle, it may potentially be helpful for asthma. At any rate, exercise is usually good for most people. ...Read more

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What suggestions can you give to keep your spine straight in yoga poses?

What suggestions can you give to keep your spine straight in yoga poses?

Yoga: That is really a question for your instructor. Since most physicians are not yoga instructors, i would suggest you discuss the technique issues with your instructor. Now for posture on a daily basis, i would recommend you place a book on your head and balance it. That, is the position your spine should be in during your day. Head centered over the pelvis/hips from the front and side. ...Read more

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Can you tell me if there is any good yoga poses for people with lymphedema?

Many benefits: Many yoga poses that elevates the affected limb / limbs above the level of the heart are helpful with helping it drain the lymphatic fluid . Yoga breathing is very helpful for lymphedema . The deep diaphragmatic breathing help empty lymph in the chest. All these exercises help lymphedema. ... and they are relaxing too. ...Read more

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What yoga poses should I avoid if I have been diagnosed as having degenerative disc disease?

What yoga poses should I avoid if I have been diagnosed as having degenerative disc disease?

None unless they: Aggravate your symptoms. Exercise in terms of flexibility, core strengthening and cardiovascular routines will help to control your symptoms along with lifestyle considerations like: adequate sleep, weight control , not smoking and good dietary intake of calcium and vitamin d. ...Read more