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Yoga, Strength and Physical Fitness

Posted by Scott White on Tuesday, November 3, 2015, In : Muscle Strengthening 

The primary goal of most traditional yoga is to quiet the mind through focused concentration an attention; however, of all the yoga traditions, the importance of physical fitness is emphasized most in hatha yoga. [1-4]

Studies have shown that hatha yoga practice can lead to improvements in:

- Hand-grip strength [5]
- Muscular endurance [6]
- Flexibility [7]
- Maximal oxygen uptake [8]
- Decreases in percent body fat [9, 10]
- Increased forced vital capacity (FVC) and forced expiratory volume in 1 se...


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Exerpt from the 1934 textbook The Yoga Makaranda. Mayurasana:

Posted by Scott White on Sunday, October 18, 2015, In : Muscle Strengthening 


This asana must be done before eating (on an empty stomach). Wait a minimum of four hours after eating before practising this asana. This asana should be held from 1 minute up to [a long time] according to the practitioner’s capability. It is good to practise this regularly and to remain in this asana for longer periods during the winter or colder months rather than in the summer.If we make it a habit to practise this asana every day for at least fifteen minutes, we will attain tremendous b...
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Jump From Downward Dog to Handstand: A Review of Motor Learning Principles.

Posted by Scott White on Sunday, October 18, 2015, In : Muscle Strengthening 

Below are some general guidlines on motor skill learning and performance. These factors are relevant when learning any new complex motor pattern, and are incidently the cornerstone of neurorehabilitation.

1. OBSERVATIONAL PRACTICE:
Observation of others, particularly when it is combined with physical practice, can make important contributions to learning. This includes dyad practice (i.e. practice in pairs), where the novice practitioner can observe the experienced practitioners technique, can ...

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Muscle-strengthening recommendations

Posted by Scott White on Sunday, October 26, 2014, In : Muscle Strengthening 

According to new research, 75% of Adults fail to meet muscle-strengthening recommendations set by the Department of Health and Human Services.


Although there is mounting evidence that muscle-strength training provides key health benefits, most adults don't engage in this type of exercise, according to the research.

Less than one-quarter of adults over 45 meet the muscle-strengthening recommendations set by the Department of Health and Human Services, the study found.

Strength is essential for pr...

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