Great Yoga for Your Abs

 Great way to strengthen abs!

Great way to strengthen abs!

There are specific yoga poses for all parts of the body. It is true for stomach region also or you can say for the abs. By performing some specific yoga poses designed particularly for the stomach, you can have a flat stomach as well as other benefits related to these poses. Here is a list of some of these poses.

The Peacock Pose- It is performed by balancing the abdomen region of the body on your co-joined elbows. The legs are lifted simultaneously. It is a great pose to have a flat stomach.

The Bow Pose- This pose helps in curing chronic constipation. It is performed by lying flat on the stomach and taking hold of both the ankles with the two arms and raising your head simultaneously. The pose is concluded by resting on the stomach.

Sun Salutations- It is done as a starting pose for the poses meant for abs. In this pose, forward and backward movements have a chief role to play.

Cat Cow stretch- It is performed by being on all the four limbs of the body and bowing the spine like a cat. It helps in elongation of muscles of the abdominals and helps to strengthen them.

All the above mentioned poses help in strengthening the small parts in the stomach and preventing diseases that could affect them.

If you’re in the New York City area, check out the yoga classes and instructors on HeyKiki and find the perfect yoga practice for you. If you’re looking for someone in the NYC area to practice with, we have yoga practice buddies on HeyKiki just waiting to connect with you! If you’d like to learn a sport or activity other than yoga,we have other sports and activities instructors and classes in your area on HeyKiki too.

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Hardest Yoga Pose and How to Do It

There are various yoga poses which are quite difficult to be executed by a common yoga practitioner. The extent of difficulty varies from person to person depending on the physical strength, ability and flexibility. One of such difficult poses is the Peacock Pose. To do this, one should probably be a long-time practitioner of yoga.

Peacock Pose– This pose requires equilibrium of arms, and powerful forearms, wrist, biceps and core strength. To execute this pose, the wrists should be rotated in order to make them face the toes. The elbows should be bowed. Then the upper body should be positioned on the biceps, similar to a projection, and the whole body should be shifted parallel to the ground. Through pressure on abdominal organs, toxins are released from the body with the help of this pose.

There are numerous benefits related to physical, mental and spiritual aspect of the human body as a result of the peacock pose.

It helps to ease various problems related to the digestive system and increase its level of operation.

This pose helps fuel the pancreas, stomach, spleen and reproductive organs of the body.
The circulation of blood also increases in the body, and it’s a great pose to relieve menstrual pain.

It releases toxins from the body and lowers the level of acidity in the blood. As a result of detoxification of physical organs, there is a positive and calming effect on the spiritual aspect.

The mind’s focus and concentration is also increased to a great extent.

A hard pose indeed!

A hard pose indeed!

If you’re in the New York City area, check out the yoga classes and instructors on HeyKiki and find the perfect yoga practice for you. If you’re looking for someone in the NYC area to practice with, we have yoga practice buddies on HeyKiki just waiting to connect with you!

If you’d like to learn a sport or activity other than yoga, we have other sports and activities instructors and classes in your area on HeyKiki too.

Difficult Positions in Yoga

There are some poses or positions in yoga that are quite difficult for an inexperienced person. These need to be done under the supervision of an expert trainer and by someone who has practiced a lot and has gained adequate strength, flexibility and balancing skills.

Back Bends- These help open up tight shoulders and require a lot of practice. The drop-backs help you gain confidence and are executed with a partner. A number of pigeon poses exist and the full asana includes contacting from head to feet from a stooping position.

Back Bends

Back Bends

Hip Openers– It includes Hanuman asana that is more commonly known as a split, and helps open up the hips, starting from practicing jogger’s elongation. Subsequently, blocks can be used to stretch out your upper body as you pull out both legs with your pelvis lifted from the ground and hips in a square position. Other complicated variations include reaching your head to your front knee, elevating your back leg to reach your head, and stretching back to touch your back rear foot.

Hanumanasana

Hanumanasana

Inversions– These positions need internal balance, valor, and strength and include forearm stands, handstands or headstands best executed with a partner or against a wall. Difficult variations include scorpion pose, consisting of handstand or a forearm stand with your feet grabbing your head.

Headstand

Headstand

Seated Poses– These demand flexible hips and help liberate tension in the hip region. A cross-legged sitting position in which each foot rests on the opposite thigh is known as Lotus pose. While crossing of arms behind the back and then touching your feet is termed as bound lotus pose. Fetus pose is more complicated in that it requires slipping arms between thighs and calves, balancing on the coccyx, lifting the crossed legs up the floor, and reaching the hands to grab the chin.

Lotus Pose

Lotus Pose

Hand Balances– These require internal as well as arm strength and open up the hips. Hands provide balance in various poses including crow, firefly, side crow, and flying crow. The most difficult one is Peacock pose, a push-up with hands beneath your waist, fingers facing back and legs in a straight line completely above the floor.

Peacock Pose

Peacock Pose

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Hairstyles for Ballerinas

Apart from dance performance in a ballet, there are other features of the dancer that play an important part in the entire show, such as hairstyles. These add to the personality of the Ballerina. Hence, a performer should make up a hairstyle according to situational demand.

Mostly ballerinas are adorned with buns that help in keeping their hairs off their face and firmly in place during hasty jumps and moves.

The different types of buns made by the ballerinas are as follows:

Classical ballet buns– A smart bun is made by application of gel or hairspray and it helps in maintaining smoothness of hair. Hair nets and pins are used to keep the bun steadily in place. Then there are loose buns that employ a pony tail as their base. The long end of the pony tail is curled around the base and locked with hair elastic. Another type of bun is braided bun that requires plaiting of the pony tail and locking off the end with elastic. Then it is bound around the base similar to a loose bun. The ponytail is held against head with the help of hair pins. Buns are maintained in their place with the help of strong hair elastics preferably thick rubber elastics and hair pins or metal flip clips.

Classic Ballet Bun

Classic Ballet Bun

Half-Up Styles– Another type of hairstyle made by ballerinas and mostly by the lead dancers is half-up style that also helps to keep the hair in place and off the performers’ face. These types of styles are mostly made by romantic leading dancers and peasants. This style is made putting only the top third or half pulled back portion of the hair with elastic in a prescribed, half-ponytail style.

A French ponytail outlining the face and starting from some inches to one side of the dancers’ part across the other part and moving down to the other ear can give it a specific touch. To be comfortable with this hairstyle during speedy movements and turns, criss-crossed hair pins similar to a headband can be used over the top of the head to keep hair off the dancers’ face.

Half Up Hairstyle

Half Up Hairstyle

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