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Experts predict fitness trends for 2014

- December 17th, 2013

The annual predictions are in from a respected panel of fitness experts (drum roll, please) …

Boost your mood with these yoga poses

- March 7th, 2012

Some useful info from the folks at YouBeauty.com

Got a case of the doldrums?

YouBeauty.com explains how Yoga can help you bust you out of those blues.

“Backbends improve mood by expanding and uplifting the energy and shifting the nervous system,” explains yoga expert Beth Shaw, founder and president of YogaFit.

“Forward folds are relaxing and cooling. Hip stretches release emotions and stress from the body, and twists detoxify and tone the digestive system.”

Four poses proven to lift your mind and body to new heights:

StandingForwardFold

Standing Forward Fold

Standing Forward Fold

Start by standing. Then hinge at the hips folding forward. Grab onto elbows (or for a more intense stretch, grab ankles). Sink a little further on each exhale, letting the crown of the head move towards the floor and relaxing the head and neck as much as possible. Take 10 deep breaths. This pose is not recommended for anyone with a heart condition or if heart rate is higher than resting.

StandingBackBend

Standing Back Bend

Standing Back Bend

Moving slowly, firm your glutes and place your hands or fists on the bony points along your spine. Push your hips forward and lift your chest to the sky. Lift out of your lower back, drawing your elbows back to expand your chest. Look toward the sky without dropping your head back.

SeatedTwist

Seated Twist

Seated Twist

From a seated position, extend your legs. Bend your right knee, placing the sole of your foot on the floor. Place your right hand next to you or behind you and sit tall. Beginning at the base of the spine, rotate to the right, bringing your left forearm around to hold your right shin. Use your core strength rather than your arm to deepen the twist. Hold and breathe.

UpsideDownPigeonPose

Upside Down Pigeon Pose

Upside Down Pigeon Pose

Lying on your back, raise both bent knees off the floor. Bring the right ankle to the left quadriceps, aiming for a spot on the leg midway between knee and groin.Pull the left knee towards your body, while you push the right knee away gently until you feel a deep stretch in your hips and glutes.Hold for 10 deep breaths. Switch sides.

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