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Yoga Made Easy
For stronger support
By Dr S.N. Omkar
The spinal column is between the shoulder girdle at the top and pelvic girdle at the base. They are connected by a host of muscles. It is important to improve the stability and strength of these muscles. Here is a simple technique to accomplish it.Method:* Go on all fours with a chair each in front and behind, resting your knees on a folded blanket.* Raise your right hand to rest it on the top...
Back to back   03 November, 2014
Stability and strength of the lower back is imperative for the good health of the spinal muscles. Engaging the abdominal muscles plays a crucial role in this. Here is a posture that is useful from this perspective.Method: Lay prone in front of the chair. Keep a folded blanket to rest your arms. Flex knees and rest the feet on the chair. Flex the elbows and rest them on the blanket....
Back and forth   29 September, 2014
The thick band on the outer thigh is called the iliotibial band. This is one of the toughest, longest and most massive tendons. The iliotibial band stretch is important for not only the legs but also the trunk. The band plays a crucial role in the health of the knee as well as the lower back.Method:* Sit upright with a chair to your left and a folded blanket on its top rim.* Lie on your right...
Bend with a twist   10 September, 2014
The base of the spinal column and pelvis are at the junction between the legs and trunk. A host of muscles and uro-genital organs are housed in this junction. Here is a posture to mobilise and rejuvenate this system. The posture benefits the legs, too.Method:* Stand by the side of a chair* Flex the right leg and take it over the seat of the chair* Press the right foot on the floor, closer to the...
Stretch for flexibility   18 August, 2014
The calf, hamstring (back of the thigh), gluteus maximus and the back muscles are inter connected. Here is a posture that creates a good stretch for the entire posterior kinetic chain. It helps the upper back and the arms, too.Method:* Sit upright on a folded blanket; keep a chair in front.*  Stretch legs forward so that the soles press against the lower rib of the chair.*  Pull the...
Trunk call   04 August, 2014
Twist & turn   21 July, 2014
Three-in-one   08 July, 2014
Bend it right   16 June, 2014
Revive the insides   20 May, 2014
Back in shape   05 May, 2014
Back it UP   14 April, 2014
Turn toxins out   25 March, 2014
A step forward   03 March, 2014
Stand for stability   01 February, 2014
Active form   04 January, 2014
A HEALTHY TWIST   16 December, 2013
Calf care   04 November, 2013
Brace up   23 October, 2013
Put your back into...   08 October, 2013
Tone your neck   23 September, 2013
Strike a balance.   10 September, 2013
Strong and relaxed   26 August, 2013
Hip stretch   06 August, 2013
Back it up.   23 July, 2013
Gaining in circles   10 July, 2013
Help your shoulder   12 June, 2013
Help your Shoulder   29 May, 2013
For all seasons   09 May, 2013
Twist, stretch, tone   23 April, 2013
Hip, hip, hurray!   13 March, 2013
Tone to protect   12 February, 2013
For a firm handshake   24 January, 2013
Strike a balance   09 January, 2013
Chest bend   12 December, 2012
Bend for strength   21 November, 2012
Lift the siege   30 October, 2012
Whole body stretch   10 October, 2012
Turn intense   22 August, 2012
Pull, stretch, tone   13 August, 2012
Stretch and twist   27 July, 2012
For a healthy shoulder 
   02 July, 2012
Bend over forward
   02 June, 2012
Tailbone teasers   24 May, 2012
Stretch for strength   04 May, 2012
Spine stretch   25 April, 2012
Easy on the nerves   27 March, 2012
Life and limb   10 December, 2011
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