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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. Krishna Kumar
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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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When to know to not push a pose when it pains in yoga?

When to know to not push a pose when it pains in yoga?

Never!: Most wise yoga teachers do not want you to "push" a pose when it pains. This may vary slightly depending on the location and type of pain. Instead, they encourage you to pay attention to your body and breathing, and move up to the point of resistance -- and maybe just a little past the point you feel you "can" do. If in pain, you back off. Get a seasoned yoga teacher ; make aware of your pain. ...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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Does the tree pose in yoga affect your trunk and back the most?

Does the tree pose in yoga affect your trunk and back the most?

See below: The tree pose is a wonderful asana. It promotes improved balance significantly, it helps you to tone your trunk muscles including the abdominal and back muscles and it improves the flexibility of your hips. Many people need to improve their balance particularly as we age. ...Read more

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What is a good yoga pose adjustment if you have a shoulder injury?

What is a good yoga pose adjustment  if you have a shoulder injury?

Check with a PT: Have a physical therapist help you (and your yoga instructor) find a safe and helpful pose to allow you to do your yoga without aggravating your shoulder injury. ...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