Yoga Questions & Advice

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Core Strength for Smooth Transitions

After several months of practice, I still use baby steps when I bring each foot out of Down Dog into forward bend in Sun Salute A. What specific muscles could I work on to make this movement more fluid and controlled?
—Rachel from Boise

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The Meaning of "Namaste"

What does "Namaste" mean? My yoga teacher says it every week after our practice and I've always wanted to know.

Finding a Comfortable Seated Cross-Legged Position

What areas do I need to work on to be able to sit in simple cross-legged position while maintaining an erect spine?

Camel Conundrum

Why is it that I sometimes feel light-headed when doing or coming out of the Camel pose? I can do other backbends without this problem, and in fact I feel wonderful afterward.
—Jen from Palo Alto, California

Padmasana Preparation

What preparation asanas do you recommend before attempting Padmasana (Lotus Pose)? I already can do Ardha Padmasana (Half Lotus Pose).

Finding the Best Time to Practice

Are there any particular asanas that I should practice during any particular season or at a certain time of day?

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