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ask a yogi: my arch hurts holding yoga poses

you asked I am doing hot yoga and vinyasa. Sometimes I can’t hold a pose – not because I lack strength or balance – but because the arch of my foot hurts. Any clue what that is and what I can do about it?- melanie a yogi answers Dear Melanie, When balancing, try to shift […]

different kinds of flow yoga

you asked Baron Baptiste’s Vinyasa Flow is amazing! I always tend to attend these styles of classes but am wondering what other styles might be similar to his power flow class? Any recommendations? Also, Moksha seems to be offered in a lot of studios. What exactly does this style emulate? – Sarah a yogi answers […]

am I ready for yoga teacher training?

you asked How does one know if they are ready to take on yoga teacher training? Is there a specific level of expertise that one should have? Does one need to have a dedicated daily yoga practice? – Kelly three yogis answer Kinndli’s answer: The thing is, you will NEVER feel ready! But you have […]

yoga pose: arm balances

you asked Can a 5′2 130 lb woman actually do arm balances? I try and I feel like it’s never going to happen for me. – Becka a yogi answers The only thing that is in your way is not believing that you can! Absolutely you can do arm balances, yes it may take time […]

why do we lie on the right side in yoga?

you asked Why does my yoga instructor always have us lie on our right side before coming up from the final relaxation pose?- Rachel (@racheljoon) two yogis answer Ted’s answer: You lie on your right side for 2 reasons. 1.Your heart is on your left side. When you roll to your right, your heart is […]

how to handstand

you asked I’ve been practicing for 10 years and have been trying to hold a handstand for 10 years. I feel like I have enough shoulder strength but don’t feel like I am balancing myself in the right way. Any advice or tips would be very helpful. Thanks! – Patricia a yogi answers Dear Patricia, […]

chair exercises for lower back pain

Engage your abdomen! you asked My lower back tends to get really stiff from sitting, usually incorrectly, at work :0. Any recommendations on poses that I could easily do in my office to loosen the tension in my lower back? – Marianne How do you protect your lower back? In some yoga classes my back […]

balancing with ankle pain

you asked I‘ve been practicing yoga for more than a year now. But my problem is for poses that required to be balanced on one leg (like balancing half moon). During the pose my ankle hurts so much that I can’t continue. How can I solve this issue? – mania a yogi answers Yes, ankle […]

tight hamstrings – help!

you asked My question is: I have the tightest hamstrings ever. I stretch them daily in a “hurdler’s stretch” and in a nice long wide-legged standing forward bend (where my hands only barely touch the floor), but I don’t seem to be making any headway. My hamstrings prevent me from achieving all kinds of yoga […]

tips for yoga crow pose

you asked I’m having trouble with my crow pose. A) are my arms supposed to be slightly bent so that my knees can lightly rest on my tricep muscle as I lean forward to balance, or B) are my arms supposed to be straight and I put my knees on the outside of my shoulders, […]