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T-Raises: Stand with feet hip width apart, holding a dumbbell in each hand. Bend at your knees, lean forward, keep back straight. Hold weights in front of you and move to sides forming a T. Mountain Climbers: Get into plank position. Bring left knee to chest and pull it back. Bring right knee to chest and replicate a climbing motion. Repeat for about 8 to 10 reps.
Yoga can help build a strong core, which translates to stronger and well-defined abs, more flexibility and endurance, and improved posture. Poses to try include downward facing dog, plank, extended triangle, warrior, and boat poses. The bridge, dolphin, and locust poses also work wonders.
If migraines are messing with your quality of life, yoga could help by easing pain, calming the mind and nervous system, and relieving tension. Take your pick from forward bends like hastapadasana, janu sirsasana, and paschimottanasana or use classic poses like padmasana, savasana, or balasana to help with your migraines.
Yoga isn’t just for adults! Asanas like the tree or corpse pose can help improve your child’s concentration and physical and mental health. The upward facing dog and happy baby pose are designed to ease fatigue and anxiety. And for that characteristic stretch and physical feel-good factor, have your child try the bridge, cat, bow, and warrior poses.
Yoga has much to offer children – from physical benefits like enhanced strength, flexibility, better posture, improved immunity to mental benefits like reduced stress, better self-esteem, and confidence. It also benefits children with special needs like autism and ADHD and specific medical conditions such as irritable bowel syndrome and asthma.
In people with scoliosis, yoga can improve spinal alignment and relieve pain. Cat-cow pose elongates the spine and releases tension in the back muscles. Child's pose eases pain in the back. Standing poses like triangle pose, side plank, and warrior I improve posture and spinal alignment. Be sure to maintain good form and perform these asanas under the guidance of a professional.
Aromatherapy can significantly enhance your yoga practice. The scent of essential oils will energize the mind, body, and soul, helping you get the most out of each pose. Need to de-stress? Use lavender and chamomile for relaxation. Sandalwood oil will also center the mind. With peppermint and eucalyptus, you can feel rejuvenated and refreshed. Brighten up your practice with sunny scents like bergamot and grapefruit. To enjoy, use an essential oil diffuser or apply to the skin.
Beat constipation with simple yoga poses like the wind relieving pose, child pose, and butterfly pose that aren’t hard to master. Seated and supine spinal twists can help too. Use the inversions, bends, and twists to apply gentle pressure on your intestines and abdominal region and kiss constipation goodbye.
Yoga can be an excellent option to build bone strength. Backbends, spinal twists, and asanas that test your balance and core strength can boost bone density and ward off osteopenia and osteoporosis. Make the tree, warrior II, bridge, locust, chair, twisted triangle, and triangle poses part of your exercise vocabulary!
Yoga is a surprising but effective way to boost your brain power. Try asanas like the plow pose, bridge pose, big toe pose, and inversions like the shoulder stand to increase blood circulation and oxygen flow to the brain. Try asanas like the lotus pose to reduce stress and calm your mind. You could also consider yogic breathing and massage, as they not only improve focus but also fight anxiety.
To relieve neck pain without drugs try simple exercises like neck tilts and stretches. Yoga asanas like the mountain pose, shoulder shrugs, cobra pose, and child’s pose also help. To relieve inflammation or stiffness try a hot or cold compress. A change of pillow or mattress can ease the pain as well. Maintaining the right posture is just as important to prevent future episodes and stop the pain from getting worse.
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Strengthen your pelvic floor muscles and build up support with stronger abs, core, and back muscles so you can beat the leak. Simple Kegels and glute bridge exercises can be tremendously useful for anyone with continence issues. Use a pillow or ball as a prop to do an inner thigh squeeze or hip bridge. Practicing yoga asanas like the malasana (garland pose) and utkatasana (chair pose) also help strengthen your pelvic muscles.