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How Yoga Can Support Heart Health

Resting Poses The greatest gift yoga gives you is the ability to be more in tune with yourself. Your body will tell you when it’s energized and when it needs to rest. Thus, learning the resting poses is just as important as mastering the standing or seated series. Child’s pose is a position available to you at any time during a class. If you feel overheated or dizzy, this position will offer instant relief. It opens the hips and elongates the back, which relieves tension. Benefits: Releases tension in the back, shoulders and chest, and lengthens the spine; alleviates stress and anxiety. There’s no sweeter—or more challenging—pose in yoga than corpse pose, and it comes at the end of a class. Lying on your back, you get a chance to reflect on what your body has just accomplished. Br...

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How Philly’s Black community is using yoga to heal from the trauma of George Floyd’s murder

A week after thousands of Philadelphians flooded the streets in June in a massive protest over George Floyd’s death, Adriana Adelé led a free outdoor yoga class at Logan Circle for the city’s Black community. Dozens showed up for the session, which was part of Spirits Up!, a six-day wellness series that focused on healing for protesters and people who had experienced racial traumas. “During my class, on one side you could see the Art Museum, and on the other side you could see City Hall,” said Adelé, an instructor at Three Queens Yoga in Queen Village and Maha Yoga in Center City. “In that moment, it felt like a manifested symbol of being a Black practitioner of yoga … having to find your center and your breath amidst the chaos of a bustling city.” While yoga is not a cure-all, studi...

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Stretching out: A beginner’s guide to 10 essential yoga poses

Yoga on the High Roller observation wheel Wednesday, May 11, 2016. Courtesy/High Roller Observation Wheel By Genevie Durano (contact) Saturday, Aug. 8, 2020 | 2 a.m. Yoga is a practice dating back thousands of years, first as an oral tradition from teachers to students, then collated into the Yoga Sutra, a 2,000-year-old treatise on yogic philosophy. Today, there are many styles of yoga using different sequences of poses (asanas), which, in tandem with the breath (prana), cultivate harmony between the body and the mind. It’s often said that yoga is a movement meditation, and when you pay attention to the breath as well as the poses, you’ll reap the full benefits of your practice. There are five categories of asanas, and they’re usually done in a sequence or flow. Think of these po

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