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    Strength Training More Awareness and Less Effort

    Yoga for Strength isn't about just doing poses to mindlessly get stronger. It is about directing your awareness and your effort so that you can apply strength effectively with less effort.

    If you put your effort in the right place, you don't have to use so much of it.

    Strength Index, Text

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  • Latest on Strengthening

    Knee balance. This is one exercise that you can use to learn how to balance. Neil Keleher, Sensational Yoga Poses. Learning How to Balance

    Ideas for turning balance into a general skill along with two simple exercises for learning how to balance.

    Eka pada bakasana arm balance with one shin resting against the back of an arm, the other leg reaching back and up.

    Eka Pada Bakasana
    the transition from Marichyasana A

    Rear view of pelvis and sacrum with SI joints indicated. Neil Keleher. Sensational Yoga Poses.

    SI Joint Stabilization, How to stabilize the SI Joints whether the sacrum is nutated or counter-nutated using the Multifidus, Pelvic floor muscles and lower band of the Transverse Abdominus.

    The arrow represents pressure acting on a synovial articular joint. The blue represents muscle activated tension in ligaments and tendons acting on the joint capsule. As pressure is increased (bigger arrow on right) ligament and tendon tension increases so that the joint capsule resists synovial fluid being pressed out from between the bones.

    Hydrostatic Lubrication of Articular Joints
    Reducing wear so that your joints function better and last longer

    IT Band with Tensor Fascia Latae attaching from ASIC to forward edge of IT Band and Gluteus maximus attaching from PSIS to the back edge.

    controlling tension in the IT Band
    (How it helps to stabilize the Hip)

    Levator costarum reaching downwards and outwards from transverse vertebral processes to the ribs one and two levels below.

    Levator Costarum
    (Lifting the back ribs to improve ribcage awareness and control)

    Creating Stability for a Stronger Yoga Pose

    For stronger yoga poses the first step is to create stability somewhere within your body.

    • You might choose to stabilize your feet, heels and/ankles to give your leg muscles a stable foundation.
    • You might choose to stabilize your ribcage and your shoulder blades to give your shoulder and arm muscles a stable foundation.

    The better you are at creating stability, the easier it is to get stronger with less effort.

    If you are having problems developing strength it may be due to a lack of stability somewhere within your body. Notice where you lack stability, so that you can work at creating it. Then you can get stronger with less effort.

    Alphabetical Yoga for Strength Index

    B Strength Index

  • Boat Pose: Hip Flexors, Abs
  • Yoga Boat Pose: Hip Flexors, Quads, Abdominals
  • Boat Pose(Yoga Poses for Abs): Abs
  • Bound AngleLeg Strengthening Exercises: Glutes, Outer Thighs
  • Bridge Yoga Pose: Glutes, Spinal Erectors
  • Bridge Pose with Leg Lifted: Glute, Hip Flexor
  • C Strength Index

  • Chair Pose
  • Chaturanga Dandasana
  • Chaturanga 2
  • Crocodile: Abs
  • Cross Leg Lift Up: Abs
  • D Strength Index

  • Dance of Shiva Shoulder Exercises
  • Dead Dog Reach: Abs
  • Deep Squats
  • Dog Pose Knee Lift: Abs, Hip Flexors
  • Dolphin Yoga Pose
  • Downward Facing Dog
  • Down Dog
  • E Strength Index

  • Eka Pada Bakasana: Arms, Glutes, Abs
  • F Strength Index

  • Forward Bend On One Leg: Hip Flexors
  • Forward Bend on One Leg:: Abs
  • Foot Touch: Quads, Calfs, Hamstrings, Glutes
  • G Strength Index

  • Galavasana: Arms, Glutes, Abs
  • H Strength Index

  • Half Moon Pose: Feet, Hips
  • Half Moon: Abs
  • Half Split: Arms, Inner Thighs
  • High Lunge: Hip Flexors
  • Hurdlers Stretch: Hamstrings
  • Hurdlers Stretch: Hip Flexors
  • K Strength Index

  • Knee Touch 1: Quads
  • Knee Touch 2: Quads
  • L Strength Index

  • Leg Lift: Abs
  • Locust Pose: Spinal Erectors, Glutes, Hamstrings
  • L Sit Lift Up: Abs
  • Lunge: Hip Flexors
  • Lumbar Flexing: Abs
  • M Strength Index

  • Mayurasana: Arms, Abs
  • P Strength Index

  • Pistol Squat: Foot, Knee, Hip, Hip Flexors
  • Plank: Abs
  • Plank: Hip Flexors
  • Yoga Push Ups: Shoulders, Arms
  • Purvottanasana: Arms, Hamstrings
  • Parsvottanasana: Hamstrings, Hip Flexors
  • Front Triangle: Hip Flexors
  • R Strength Index

  • Reverse Plank: Arms, Back of the Body, Legs
  • Revolved Triangle: Hips and Spine
  • S Strength Index

  • Seated Forward Bend: Hip Flexors
  • Seated Get Up: Quads, Calfs, Hips
  • Seated Get Up Leg Lift: Quads, Calfs, Hips
  • Seated Twist: Abs
  • Side Angle Pose, Thighs
  • Side Angle: Abs
  • Balancing in Side Plank: Foot
  • Side Plank
  • Side Planks: Abs
  • Side Plank: Outer Thigh
  • Side Plank: Inner Thigh
  • Squats part 1
  • Standing Forward Bend: Arms, Shoulders, Lats, Glutes and Hamstrings
  • Standing Knee Lift: Hip Flexors
  • Standing Twist: Abs
  • T Strength Index

  • Table Top Yoga Pose: Shoulders
  • Triangle Pose: Abs
  • Triangle Yoga Pose: Hips, Waist
  • Twisting Triangle: Abs
  • U Strength Index

  • Upward Facing Dog: Arms, Back of the Body, Legs
  • Utthita Trikonasana
  • W Strength Index

  • Warrior 2
  • Warrior 3
  • Wheel Pose: Legs
  • Wide Leg Side Bend: Hip Flexors, Abs
  • Yoga for Strength Image Index