Instructions: How to Move from Crow to Scorpion Position

Yoga stretches help with flexibility, breathing, blood pressure, relaxation and attention. The flow from crow into scorpion pose demands patience, strength and balance. It may take days to months to achieve, but the benefits are innumerable.

Position 1: Crow

Begin in a deep squat. Position your arms parallel to your knees on the floor. Reach them far enough out that your knees begin to touch beneath your armpits. Slowly raise yourself off the floor by pressing up on your toes. Feel the distribution of your weight as you shift your knees up firmly onto your arms. Receive the weight of yourself through your arms and tuck your abdomen in. It is sometimes easier to bring your feet together behind you. Practice this until you can easily breathe smoothly and hold this position.

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Position 2: Tripod

Slowly bring your head close to the floor. To keep from falling forward, use your abdomen to tighten and lower you. Keep your legs tucked close until you have successfully placed your head on the floor, forming a tripod. Move your knees to the ends of your elbows.

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Position 3: Headstand

Using your abs, bring your feet above you. Do this slowly so you can feel the distribution of your weight.  Remember to breathe. If you find this more difficult, you can do one leg at a time.

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Position 4: Forearm stand

Gradually, raise your head as you bring your forearms down flat on the floor. This may be easier to do one arm at a time. Take a deep breath, tighten your core into your spine, keeping your body strong and push your body up into a forearm stand. Press down on your arms as you finish shifting all your weight from your head to your shoulders and arms. Breathe deeply and hold as you feel your new position.

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Position 5: Scorpion

Widen your shoulders as you begin to gently bring your legs down behind you. Loosen your hips, softly arch your back and reach your feet to the floor. You will feel the stretch through your neck, arms, abs, back and legs. Move carefully and don’t push yourself too far. When you feel you are ready to come out of the position you may choose to tighten your core and raise your legs, coming back into forearm stand and tripod, or you may choose to drop your feet further to the floor and fall into bridge pose. 

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Take your time doing each position. It isn’t about the speed, but about the accuracy and feel. 

9 Ways You Know You’re Ready to Graduate College

1. Staying up late, being broke, and making poor decisions have stopped being jokes.

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2. You knew better than to purchase all the textbooks

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3. You have a countdown to graduation: Only 85 days left!

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4. You may feel that some professors have it in for you.

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5. Your senior project and bed have interchangeably been referred to as your “New Best Friend.”

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6. You’ve actually calculated how much you’ll owe in 6 months. And you may have cried about it.

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7. Freshmen seem like freaks made out of energy and optimism. But you don’t warn them; they’ll understand soon enough.

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 8. You mostly understand your work philosophy.

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9. You realize that through it all, these will be some of the best years of your life.

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The Dos and Don’ts of Content Writing for Web

Writing for the web is now easier than ever. It is readily available, full of new information and easy to understand. But how do you create content that is captivating and done right? This short list when help you prepare great content for the web that will teach and engage your readers.

Know Your Audience

Before you begin writing, know the kind of audience you are writing for. What kind of lives do they lead? Are they active, parents, educated or minorities? Understand the lifestyles, needs and interests of the people you are writing for and select topics and styles of writing based on those findings.

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Know the Topic

After you know your audience, you can find out what topics to cover. Discuss things that not only inform, but entertain your reader as well. Do your research. Learn the lingo for what you’re writing about. Your audience can tell if you’re simply winging it.

Have a Purpose

Each article should have a specific goal outlined. If you are freelancing your work, or writing something for your own brand, each article should be a small version—a small piece of the puzzle—that links to the website’s greater goal. Keep the message relevant and contributing to the larger picture.

Have a Grabbing Headline

Keep your headline a sentence longer and simple. Use something that captivates a reader’s interest, but make sure it compliments your article and doesn’t leave room for misinterpretation. Use active verbs and interesting nouns.

Tell Great Stories

Have the information you share tell a story. Allow the reader to begin and one place, travel along, and learn something new or exciting by the end. Examples and scenarios are great aids to help the audience’s imagination along.

Teach

Make sure your readers have a few new things to take away from your article. What have they learned and how easily can they implement it into their lives? Make sure it’s practical, engaging and simple to understand. Most of all, have fun!

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