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August 17, 2009 | Karen Voight
Slim and tighten your abdominal muscles with this small yet super-effective exercise. Remember to perform these movements with slow, controlled effort. The longer you can hold the "lift," the more benefit you'll receive. -- Karen Voight 1Lie on your back on a mat or a padded surface. Place your hands behind your head and raise your legs above your hips. Your knees can bend slightly if your hamstrings are tight. 2Maintain your balance as you slowly move your arms out in front of you with your palms facing inward.
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July 19, 2010 | Karen Voight, Good Form
Foam blocks are great tools for practicing yoga poses. Use them to develop more flexibility in your hamstrings while eliminating pressure on your lower back. Foam blocks are great tools for practicing yoga poses. Use them to develop more flexibility in your hamstrings while eliminating pressure on your lower back. Include this stretch at the end of your workouts when your hamstrings are warmed up. Place two yoga blocks in front of you and stand upright with your feet in a split stance.
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HEALTH
May 10, 2010 | Karen Voight, Good Form
If you're new to yoga and not limber yet, here's a safe and simple way to get started. With this pose, you'll develop flexibility in your hip, thigh and back muscles so you can progress to more advanced poses. Begin by kneeling on a level, padded surface. Place your left foot flat on the floor, with your knee bent and your toes pointed to the left. Make sure your left heel is directly across from your right inner knee. Rest your left elbow on your left thigh. On an inhale, reach your right arm overhead with your palm facing inward.
HEALTH
May 10, 2010 | Karen Voight, Good Form
If you're new to yoga and not limber yet, here's a safe and simple way to get started. With this pose, you'll develop flexibility in your hip, thigh and back muscles so you can progress to more advanced poses. Begin by kneeling on a level, padded surface. Place your left foot flat on the floor, with your knee bent and your toes pointed to the left. Make sure your left heel is directly across from your right inner knee. Rest your left elbow on your left thigh. On an inhale, reach your right arm overhead with your palm facing inward.
HEALTH
August 10, 2009 | Karen Voight
Develop strong, sculpted back muscles and firm buttock and thigh muscles by incorporating this move into your daily fitness routine. When you first start practicing this exercise, don't expect to lift your arms and legs very high. But even raising them just a few inches is beneficial. -- Karen Voight 1Lie face down on a mat or padded surface, extending both arms overhead on the floor and straightening your legs behind you with your inner ankles facing each other. Raise your head, shoulder and right arm (thumb pointed up, palm facing in)
HEALTH
December 21, 2009
Bending and twisting your torso should be done correctly to avoid injury to your back. If you have tight hamstrings, try using a yoga block to help bring the floor up to your hands. The block will add stability to this exercise so you can do it properly. 1. Stand with your feet together, toes pointed forward. Place a yoga block on the high end in front of you. Now reach your arms out to the sides and bend forward from the hips. Place your hands on the block (adjust the block so that it's below your chest)
HEALTH
November 23, 2009
Incorporate this yoga pose into your routine to strengthen the muscles in your lower body while stretching the sides of your torso. Don't be surprised if you find that one side of your body is less flexible than the other side; just give adequate time to the tighter side to get in better balance. 1. Stand on a flat, even surface with your feet approximately 3 1/2 feet apart. Externally rotate your left leg out so that your left toes face toward the left. Rotate your right toes in slightly.
HEALTH
March 29, 2010 | By Karen Voight, Los Angeles Times Staff Writer
You'll feel this exercise more in the abdominal muscles — and less in the hip flexors — by gripping a roller with the backs of your thighs. That's because recruiting the backs of your legs will prevent you from overworking the front of your legs and hips. The result is an intense workout for your abs. Lie on a mat or a padded surface. Cross your ankles and hug a 36-inch roller by squeezing your heels toward your hips. (Hold the roller behind your ankles, not behind your knees.
HEALTH
July 19, 2010 | Karen Voight, Good Form
Foam blocks are great tools for practicing yoga poses. Use them to develop more flexibility in your hamstrings while eliminating pressure on your lower back. Foam blocks are great tools for practicing yoga poses. Use them to develop more flexibility in your hamstrings while eliminating pressure on your lower back. Include this stretch at the end of your workouts when your hamstrings are warmed up. Place two yoga blocks in front of you and stand upright with your feet in a split stance.
NEWS
December 21, 2009 | Karen Voight, Los Angeles Times
Bending and twisting your torso should be done correctly to avoid injury to your back. If you have tight hamstrings, try using a yoga block to help bring the floor up to your hands. The block will add stability to this exercise so you can do it properly. 1. Stand with your feet together, toes pointed forward. Place a yoga block on the high end in front of you. Now reach your arms out to the sides and bend forward from the hips. Place your hands on the block (adjust the block so that it's below your chest)
HEALTH
April 5, 2010 | Karen Voight, Good Form
This exercise is designed to build strength and balance in your core and leg muscles. In the beginning, to help with balance, use a yoga block under your hands. With time and practice, you'll be able to let go, moving your arms out to the sides. Position a yoga block in front of you, and start by standing upright with your feet together. With straight legs, hinge forward at the hips, rest your hands on the block and raise your left leg behind you. Make sure your left knee is straight, knee and toes facing the floor.
HEALTH
March 29, 2010 | By Karen Voight, Los Angeles Times Staff Writer
You'll feel this exercise more in the abdominal muscles — and less in the hip flexors — by gripping a roller with the backs of your thighs. That's because recruiting the backs of your legs will prevent you from overworking the front of your legs and hips. The result is an intense workout for your abs. Lie on a mat or a padded surface. Cross your ankles and hug a 36-inch roller by squeezing your heels toward your hips. (Hold the roller behind your ankles, not behind your knees.
HEALTH
March 22, 2010 | Karen Voight, Voight is the creator of a line of fitness DVDs, including "Sleek Essentials."
Using a yoga block in your practice helps bring the floor up to you, allowing you to focus on correct technique while feeling a sense of stability. Over time, your body will lossen up and you'll be able to balance without the use of this tool. Begin by kneeling on a level, padded surface with a yoga block nearby. Straighten your left leg, placing your left heel on the floor with your knee and toes facing upward. Make sure your left heel is directly across from your right inner knee.
HEALTH
March 15, 2010 | By Karen Voight
In seated twists like this one, it's important to sit up tall and focus on lengthening your spine before you begin to twist. Done correctly, spinal twists increase circulation and build strength and flexibility in your back muscles. But you must be warmed up properly before you perform them. —Karen Voight Sit on the floor with both legs straight in front of you. Bend your left knee and place your left foot flat on the floor in front of your left sitting bone. Bend your left elbow and place it on the inside of your left knee with your fingertips pointing upward.
HEALTH
February 22, 2010 | By Karen Voight
Whenever you feel tightness in your chest, shoulders and back, practice this variation of a backbend, or bridge pose. It will help release tension in your mid- and upper back as well as stretch and strengthen your hips and legs. Karen Voight Lie back on a mat with your heels resting on a sturdy chair. Extend your arms alongside your body, palms flat on the floor. Make sure your feet are hip-distance apart and your knees are parallel to each other. On an inhale, press firmly on your feet as you raise your hips toward the ceiling.
HEALTH
January 4, 2010
Conclude your workouts with this move. It helps release tension in your hips and stretches the backs of your legs. If you're not very limber, practice the easier version first, using a towel or stretch band to hook around your foot. -- Karen Voight 1Sit on the floor with your left leg straight in front of you. Bend your right knee and move your right foot to your inner thigh. Hook a towel, band or belt around the ball of your left foot. Holding the ends of the band in each hand, inhale and sit upright.
HEALTH
April 5, 2010 | Karen Voight, Good Form
This exercise is designed to build strength and balance in your core and leg muscles. In the beginning, to help with balance, use a yoga block under your hands. With time and practice, you'll be able to let go, moving your arms out to the sides. Position a yoga block in front of you, and start by standing upright with your feet together. With straight legs, hinge forward at the hips, rest your hands on the block and raise your left leg behind you. Make sure your left knee is straight, knee and toes facing the floor.
HEALTH
February 22, 2010 | By Karen Voight
Whenever you feel tightness in your chest, shoulders and back, practice this variation of a backbend, or bridge pose. It will help release tension in your mid- and upper back as well as stretch and strengthen your hips and legs. Karen Voight Lie back on a mat with your heels resting on a sturdy chair. Extend your arms alongside your body, palms flat on the floor. Make sure your feet are hip-distance apart and your knees are parallel to each other. On an inhale, press firmly on your feet as you raise your hips toward the ceiling.
HEALTH
December 21, 2009
Bending and twisting your torso should be done correctly to avoid injury to your back. If you have tight hamstrings, try using a yoga block to help bring the floor up to your hands. The block will add stability to this exercise so you can do it properly. 1. Stand with your feet together, toes pointed forward. Place a yoga block on the high end in front of you. Now reach your arms out to the sides and bend forward from the hips. Place your hands on the block (adjust the block so that it's below your chest)
NEWS
December 21, 2009 | Karen Voight, Los Angeles Times
Bending and twisting your torso should be done correctly to avoid injury to your back. If you have tight hamstrings, try using a yoga block to help bring the floor up to your hands. The block will add stability to this exercise so you can do it properly. 1. Stand with your feet together, toes pointed forward. Place a yoga block on the high end in front of you. Now reach your arms out to the sides and bend forward from the hips. Place your hands on the block (adjust the block so that it's below your chest)
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