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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

Dr. Barbara Lavi
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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 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

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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 is yoga?

What is yoga?

Many varieties: Yoga is a Hindu discipline of various techniques to integrate mind, body and spirit, improve physical health and grow spiritually. There are many types of yoga. Hatha yoga, the stretches that improve physical health, is very popular but the forms that emphasize meditation and breathing are also very beneficial. See http://tinyurl.com/q5mrqxv for more detailed descriptions of diff. types of yoga. ...Read more

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What is hatha yoga?

Exercise Yoga: Hatha yoga is a popular, holistic yoga style/path that includes many core strengthening and stablization exercises, stress reduction techniques with emphasis on postures, purification, gestures, breathing, and meditation. ...Read more

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What is chair yoga?

What is chair yoga?

Chair: There is a chair pose in yoga and yoga done from a chair. ...Read more

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How can yoga help you?

How can yoga help you?

Flexiblity, focus: Properly executed yoga can be a good way to gently stretch and strenghten muscles. It also can be mentally and physically relaxing . You can control the intensity of the pose as well, which can be a safeguard to injury. A qualified instructor is important at first. ...Read more

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Why is yoga good for you?

Why is yoga good for you?

Exercise: It allows you to stretch and tone while meditating. ...Read more

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Any tips for yoga at home?

Any tips for yoga at home?

Start slow: Start slow with basic positions, stretch well and have fun. ...Read more

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Which yoga is good for me?

Yoga is Healthy: All yoga is healthy. The only thing i could think otherwise is trying poses and stretches that are advanced too fast.. But a good yoga instructor will watch out for this for you. ...Read more

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Is hot yoga bad for health?

Is hot yoga bad for health?

Agree w Dr. Abbott: My concern would be for people who have difficulty regulating their body temperature and thus would be more effected by combination of heat and increased activity level. ...Read more

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How to practice vinyasa yoga?

With intention: Find a teacher who appeals to your needs, make sure you have stretched well before the practice, don't forget to breathe and be mindful of your limitations while gently pushing yourself to your limit. ...Read more

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How is yoga beneficial for me?

How is yoga beneficial for me?

It depends: On what you are seeking. Yoga can be the ultimate mind-body practice, creating flexibility, strength and balance along with centering, calming and focus. Medical studies have shown benefit in many areas ranging from asthma to irritable bowel syndrome to chronic pain. ...Read more

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Good yoga home videos or dvds?

Several: There are several. Research and find the one that most fits your physical abilities. ...Read more

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Will yoga make my butt bigger?

Very much doubt that: Yoga stretches ; tones. Yoga is not used for building muscle mass. ...Read more

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How important is it to do yoga?

How important is it to do yoga?

Helpful: It's very helpful both physically and mentally. ...Read more

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Could yoga help you get taller?

Could yoga help you get taller?

You may be: More erect due to improved posture (but it won't make you actually grow taller). ...Read more