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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

Dr. Eric Weisman
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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 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 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 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

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Which yoga poses are good for myasthenia gravis?

Which yoga poses are good for myasthenia gravis?

Tricky to answer: I doubt many muscle disease specialists or neurologists are expert in yoga. The principal to be followed is to not overtax the muscles with rapid repetitive motions or those which involve sustained contractions against more than a nominal load. With that in mind, ask a yoga instructor. ...Read more

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Do you know which yoga poses can reduce belly, waist and bum fat?

Do you know which yoga poses can reduce belly, waist and bum fat?

Poses & Activity: There are many poses that can help with pelvic weight/fat loss. In general, anything that fires the muscles under the area you are describing. This is most often achieved with your knees bent causing big muscles to fire, like the glutes, quads, etc. The sun salutation would be one to consider, but pretty much anything that uses the legs and glutes would be good. ...Read more

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What are the best yoga poses to help me release the gas in my belly?

What are the best yoga poses to help me release the gas in my belly?

Apanasana: (Pawanmuktasana) This site will give you 14 poses to help with GI function: http://www.health.com/health/gallery/0,,20737691,00.html ...Read more

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I've got lymphedema. Lymphedema is not draining much especially around abdominal area. Are there any good yoga poses for lymphedema drainage?

I've got lymphedema. Lymphedema is not draining much especially around abdominal area. Are there any good yoga poses for lymphedema drainage?

First try: The traditional treatments , measured eastic bandages elivation , edema pumps etc, advise from your doctor , including physical thrapy. If there is infection to eliminate it( treat ) , then if you want and if you can do try 'shirashasana' for couple of hrs stay on your head with legs up in air . Easpecially good for leg edema. ...Read more

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How to avoid wrist and knee pain with various yoga poses?

How to avoid wrist and knee pain with various yoga poses?

Pain and yoga: Assuming everything is ok with you and your are doing the yoga correctly and you lived a sedentary life before yoga....(Lots of assumptions since your question does not provide much detail)...the pain is from being de-conditioned. (assuming its a small amount of pain). It will resolve when you gain more strength over time ...Read more

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Yoga poses caused tingling of hand+ twitching of finger. 3 week of yoga later symptom now less. Did it help or did i kill off the nerve?

Yoga poses caused tingling of hand+ twitching of finger. 3 week of yoga later symptom now less. Did it help or did i kill off the nerve?

Interesting: From your description and history, yoga was not harmful. You did not kill a nerve. Degenerative disc disease in a 26 year old man requires exercise, posture training and review of your lifestyle. Yoga with an instructor that understands your condition would normally be a good thing. Breathing properly during postures can change the pressure on your discs. Inversion postures recommended. ...Read more

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Hip joint of 1 leg painful n inflamed after riding bike. Electric shock sensation down leg when doing certain yoga poses. Why? Will celebrex (celecoxib) help?

May be pinched nerve: Two strong possibilities: 1) pinched nerve of the the low back 2) hip osteoarthritis. Osteoarthritis of the hip is a result of wear & tear. This can be diagnosed by x-ray. Celebrex (celecoxib) is an anti-inflammatory med & could help.

The electric shock sensation could be a radiculopathy, aka "pinched nerve" in, or "sciatica." Celebrex (celecoxib) could help, as could physical therapy, or an epidural steroid injection. ...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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Can you tell me how I could "work my way up" to doing the boat pose in yoga?

Yoga: There are so many poses in Yoga that as you go through a regular routine of them you MAY gradually be able to to the Boat pose more easily. We all have certain poses that are more of a challenge than others and having inner peace about that (and other things life hands us) is also a fruit of yoga. Shanti and good health. ...Read more

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I can't seem to straighten my back for the yoga downward dog pose and my back gets a slight bump when I do it. Any tips?

I can't seem to straighten my back for the yoga downward dog pose and my back gets a slight bump when I do it. Any tips?

See your doctor: With symptoms lasting this long you need to be seen by your doctor who will examine and test you to see what's wrong. ...Read more

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Can I do Bikram yoga at home?, just the poses or does it need the high temp. Bec. I don't have yoga clubs in my country do I have alternatives? Thanks

Yoga At Home: Yes. But, you may have to find a branch of yoga that is most conducive to your home. There are plenty of programs online that you could browse through. But, yoga is one of the most beneficial health movements ever developed so cheers to your initiative. ...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 muscles do the triangle pose in yoga work out?

See below: If done with proper alignment, trikonasana (triangle pose) will work your hip extensors including buttock muscles and hamstrings, core abdominal and back muscles and provide an excellent stretch to your obliques. ...Read more

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Does glaucoma hurt?

Does glaucoma hurt?

It can: There are 2 main types of glaucoma, closed-angle (acute) and open-angle (chronic). Acute glaucoma is less common, but can present with sudden eye pain due to an increase in intraocular pressure. Chronic glaucoma commonly does not present with eye pain as the process of the disease is more gradual. Be sure to see your doctor if you are experiencing any eye symptoms or are concerned about glaucoma. ...Read more

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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

Dr. Robert Chang
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Glaucoma (Definition)

A condition that causes damage to your eye's optic nerve and gets worse over time. It's often linked to a buildup of pressure inside your eye. Without treatment, glaucoma can cause total permanent blindness ...Read more


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