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June 28, 2006

Yoga Tips for Women: Half Moon

This pose is great for strengthening the core muscles.

Start in a standing position. Inhale, bend your right knee, and slide your left foot about 6 to 12 inches forward along the floor. At the same time, reach your right hand forward. Exhale, press your right hand and right heel firmly into the floor, and straighten your right leg lifting the left leg parallel to the floor. Don’t lock the standing knee; keep a slight bend in it. Beginners should keep the left hand on the left hip and the head in a neutral position. Hold this position for 30 seconds to 1 minute.

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Posted by Dallas Personal Trainer at 9:49 AM

June 19, 2006

Yoga Tips for Women: Crane Pose

This pose requires balance and helps build strength in the arms and shoulders.

Squat down with your feet a few inches apart. With your knees wider than your hips, lean the torso forward, between the inner thighs. Stretch your arms forward, bend your elbows, place your hands on the floor and the backs of the upper arms against the shins. Squeeze your inner thighs against the sides of your torso, your shins into your armpits, and get the upper arms down as low onto the shins as possible. Lift yourself onto the balls of your feet and lean forward, pressing the weight of your torso onto the backs of the upper arms; feet come off of the floor. Stay in the pose anywhere from 20 seconds to 1 minute.

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Posted by Dallas Personal Trainer at 9:51 AM

June 12, 2006

Yoga Tips for Women: Four Limb Staff Pose

This is a challenging pose similar to a push-up.

Coming from Plank pose (raised push-up), slowly lower your torso and legs to a few inches above and parallel to the floor. Keep the elbows close to the body in a 90 degree angle. Hold yourself in this position by keeping the abs pulled in tight and keep the head in a neutral position. Release with an exhalation and lay yourself lightly down onto the floor.

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Posted by Dallas Personal Trainer at 9:53 AM

June 9, 2006

Yoga Tips for Women: Sage Marichi Pose

This is a difficult pose to get into, but really stretches the entire core.

Sit on the floor with the legs together, straight out in front of you. Bend your left knee and place the foot on the floor, with the heel as close to the left sit bone as possible. Keep the right leg straight and strong. Lengthen your torso forward and place the left shin into the armpit. On an exhalation, reach the forearm around the outside of the leg. With another exhalation, sweep the right arm around behind your back. Grasp the right wrist in the left hand. Exhale and reach your upper body forward. Lower your front torso as closely as possible to the right leg. Stay in position for 30 seconds to a minute. Repeat on the other side for the same length of time.

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Posted by Dallas Personal Trainer at 9:54 AM

June 7, 2006

Yoga Tips for Women: Scale Pose

This is a great pose for building strength in the arms and shoulders and requires good balance.

Begin this pose in Lotus with the legs crossed on top of each other. Place your hands on each side of the hips. Exhale and push the hands against the floor. Contract the abs, pulling the bellybutton towards the spine. Lift the legs and buttocks away from the floor. Keep yourself suspended off the floor for 10-15 seconds.

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Posted by Dallas Personal Trainer at 9:56 AM

June 5, 2006

Yoga Tips for Women: Mountain Pose

This is a common yoga pose. It requires you to really plant yourself into the ground which works the legs and feet.

Stand with your legs and back straight. Big toes, ankles, and heels touching. Contract the thighs, keeping them strong and straight. Contract the abs, pulling the bellybutton towards the spine, tailbone slightly tucked. Keep the back straight, shoulders down. Extend through the crown of your head, gaze soft. Bring the hands into a prayer position in front of the heart. This a pose that many yoga classes and standing poses begin and end with. Hold this pose for 10 breaths in and out through the nose.

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Posted by Dallas Personal Trainer at 9:58 AM

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