Saturday, 30 July 2011

Bikram/Hot Yoga

So I have shown you some different yoga poses. This is a post about a type of yoga, hot yoga. Hot yoga is usually done in a room heated to about 40 degrees celsius or 105 fahrenheit. Doing yoga at this temperature causes the body to sweat and essentially detoxify. The heat also allows for capillaries to dilate, which allows for increased absorption of oxygen. More oxygen allows better blood circulation and cardiovascular activity by creating more lung capacity. It is great for those aiming for weight loss as well as curing many health problems by strengthening the immune system. I started hot yoga just over a year ago, it is intense but will leave you feeling great after. A tip from personal experience, don't ware cotton clothing to class.

Thursday, 28 July 2011

Paripurna Navasana/Full Boat Pose

This pose strengthens your abdomen, legs and lower back. It is good for stimulating the kidneys, thyroid and prostate glands Remember to push out your chest and keep your arms and legs strong and your stomach soft.

Hala-asana/Plow Pose

This pose stretches your calves and thighs as well as lengthening the spine. It also is good for relieving gas and stimulating the digestive system.  A more advanced version of this pose is to bring your knees all the way to the ground

Tuesday, 26 July 2011

Bakasana/Crane Pose

This is a pose that greatly helps to increase your strength and balance by working your abdominal muscles. It is a foundation in arm balancing poses. Remember not to let your elbows splay or raise your hips too high.

Monday, 25 July 2011

Agnistambhasana/Fire Log Pose/Double Pigeon Pose

This is a hip stretching pose. Another version of this pose is to lean forward with your legs foldeded. Remember to always bend from your lower back.

Balasana/Childs Pose

This is a beginner pose that is ideal for resting in. It stretches your ankles hips and thighs. There are two variations to this pose, one with your arms at your sides (see picture below) and the other with your arms out in front of  you.