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Yoga Moves Made Easy - Finally!

  • You don't need a big chunk of time to get all the benefits of yoga. In fact, these eight off-the-mat moves take less than a minute each. By weaving them into activities you're already doing, such as showering, cooking, and sitting at your desk, you'll have more energy, feel less stressed, and be stronger--without taking time out of your day to attend a class or work out to a video.

    7 am: In the Shower

    This belly-breathing exercise tones and strengthens your abdominal muscles and can relieve headaches. Bonus: Doing it in a steamy shower can help clear your sinuses.

    Stand tall with the water against your back. Place your palms on your abdomen, with index fingers near your navel. Relax your belly and inhale deeply through your nose so your abdomen expands against your hands. Then exhale completely, pulling in your abdominal muscles to force out all the air, and make an om sound, feeling the vibration. If you'd prefer, use another sound or a word such as "home," "love," or "amen." Do three times.

    8:30 am: Driving to Work

    A twist at the beginning and end of your commute can defuse road rage and prevent headaches and neck and shoulder pain. You can also try it when you're stuck at a red light or in a traffic jam (but first shift into "park" for safety).

    Sit tall, pressing your buttocks into the seat and lifting the top of your head toward the sky. Keep your chin level and feet flat on the floor. Place your right hand by your right hip and your left hand on the steering wheel at the 3 o'clock position. Inhale and lengthen your spine. Exhale, gently press your hands into the seat and against the wheel, and twist to the right as far as you comfortably can. Holding that position, inhale and lengthen. Then exhale and twist farther, but don't strain. Inhale and return to the starting position. Do one time to each side.

    Read on for 6 more moves made easy...
    Flag as inappropriate Posted by Prevention Magazine on 5th October 2007
  • Ugh, don't like that I got sent to another site to read this article! However, these are fantastic tips for basic things. The key is being able to remember with anything practice is what will put it into motion. I was actually going to write a yoga article here and mention Prevention's article this month about yoga being great for the skin.

    Yoga, in general, should be "easy." It shouldn't be something you stress over or hurt for. You bring your body where it can and will go, same with your mind. I like this article, just a tad put off by the title. For those of you who haven't tried yoga yet and want to you should do a little research...find an instructor who hears you and wants you to be your best in the body you have and shows you how to be true to you. Does that make sense?
    Flag as inappropriate Posted by Mandy Nelson - Dandysound on 8th October 2007

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