Lean Yoga Moves

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iVillage Health Staff on Aug 14, 2007 at 10:30AM

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Lean Yoga Moves

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Get Lean With Yoga

Hold each pose for five slow, deep breaths; inhale deeply through the nose to expand your lungs and fill them with plenty of oxygen rich air then exhale slowly to push out all of the used oxygen. Concentrate on "grounding" whatever part of your body is touching the floor so you feel stable and strong as you move; emphasize lifting from your center and engaging your core muscles to power and control the movements.

When you first learn the routine, do each asana once, taking as much rest as you need between positions. Explore the limits of each position but don't push beyond your comfort zone. Once you feel stronger and more self-assured, flow through the routine without a break and work up to completing two consecutive cycles of the entire practice.

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