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Ardha Matsyendrasana
Fitness

Detox and Re-Energize With 1 Easy Twist: Ardha Matsyendrasana

Including twists in your yoga practice will help you to find ease, balance, and serenity in all areas of your life. Twisting and lengthening your spine can make you feel re-energized and revitalized. Squeezing out toxins from your abdominal organs will cleanse and refresh you, inside and out. Practicing Ardha… Read More
  • Noelle Leon-McQueen |
  • April 18, 2018
Back to Basics Bicep Curls Exercise
Fitness

Back to Basics: Bicep Curls Exercise for Strong, Sexy Arms

Welcome Back to Prime Women's Back to Basics Series: Part ll The bicep curls exercise is a basic exercise designed to increase the strength and muscle endurance of your upper arms. The muscles of your upper arms are very small from a volume perspective. Due to the muscle loss that has… Read More
  • Noelle Leon-McQueen |
  • October 24, 2016
Arm Strength Training
Fitness

Back to Basics: Beginner Arm Strength Training Exercises

 Welcome to Prime Women's new series with Noelle McQueen Noelle has recently won the International Federation of BodyBuilding Bikini Pro competition. Naturally, she knows a thing or two about toning and strengthening the body with the use of weights. For anyone over 50 and particularly women, weight lifting is essential in… Read More
  • Noelle Leon-McQueen |
  • September 26, 2016
Half Camel Pose
Fitness

How To: Half Camel Pose (Ardha Ustrasana) Yoga Pose

Welcome back to this month’s Prime Women yoga pose – Half Camel Pose (Ardha Ustrasana) Ardha ustrasana is a heart opener, a backbend and a front body stretch. Ardha = half Ustra = camel Asana = pose HALF CAMEL POSE BENEFITS: * Half camel pose opens and stretches the shoulder… Read More
  • Noelle Leon-McQueen |
  • August 29, 2016
Cobra Yoga Pose
Fitness

How To: Relaxing Cobra Yoga Pose

Welcome back to this month's Prime Women yoga pose - the cobra yoga pose! COBRA YOGA POSE BENEFITS: * Helps to open the chest * Aligns the spine * Strengthens the core COBRA YOGA POSE INSTRUCTIONS: 1. To execute the cobra yoga pose, start in a relaxed Child's Pose. On your… Read More
  • Noelle Leon-McQueen |
  • July 19, 2016
Downward-Facing Dog Pose (Adho Mukha Svanasana)
Fitness

Adho Mukha Svanasana – Downward-Facing Dog Yoga Pose

Welcome back to this month’s Prime Women yoga pose – Downward-Facing Dog (Adho Mukha Svanasana) (AH-doh MOO-kah shvah-NAHS-anna) adho = downward mukha = face svana = dog  Downward-Facing Dog Benefits * It deeply stretches your hamstrings, shoulders, calves, arches, hands, and spine * Builds strength in your arms, shoulders, and… Read More
  • Noelle Leon-McQueen |
  • June 22, 2016
Triangle Pose 600x410
Fitness

Triangle Pose – Prime Women Yoga Pose for May

Welcome back to this month's Prime Women yoga pose - Triangle Pose (Trikoasana) Trikona = three angle or triangle Asana = Pose Triangle Pose Benefits * Stretches and strengthens the thighs, while toning the knees and ankles. * Deep stretch for the hips, groins, hamstrings, and calves; shoulders, chest, and… Read More
  • Noelle Leon-McQueen |
  • May 26, 2016
Warrior 2 Yoga Pose
Fitness

Warrior 2 Yoga Pose – The Ultimate Stretching Pose

We all have busy, and at times, exhausting lives. Sometimes getting to the gym or making plans to take a class is not a possibility. It is easy to just skip it and promise yourself to make time tomorrow, except tomorrow seems to be just as busy and just as… Read More
  • Noelle Leon-McQueen |
  • April 28, 2016
Pigeon Pose
Fitness

One-Legged King Pigeon Pose

Welcome back to this month's Prime Women yoga pose - the pigeon pose! Stress and tension can build up in the hips and create tightness. Practicing Pigeon Pose can make for more flexibility in your lower body and hips. Your hips are a keystone to your body and its proper… Read More
  • Noelle Leon-McQueen |
  • March 30, 2016
Ardha Uttānāsana Halfway Lift
Fitness

Ardha Uttānāsana

Ardha Uttānāsana is commonly referred to as "Half Standing Forward Fold" or "Half Forward Bend." However, the literal translation of its Sanskrit name is, "half intense stretch pose." This comes from four Sanskrit words: "Ardha" — meaning "half" "Ut" — meaning "intense" "Tan" — meaning "to stretch" "Asana" — meaning… Read More
  • Noelle Leon-McQueen |
  • February 24, 2016
Yoga With Props, Pose Ardha Chandrasana
Fitness

Take Flight Into Half Moon Pose

Welcome back to all you beautiful Prime Women! This month's yoga pose, Half Moon Pose (Ardha Chandrasana) is a balancing variation of Triangle Pose (Trikonasana). This pose stretches the groin, hamstrings and calves. Half Moon Pose may be challenging, but if practiced on a regular basis, it will build balance… Read More
  • Noelle Leon-McQueen |
  • January 25, 2016
Christmas Stress
Fitness

Yoga Relief For Post Christmas Tension

It's finally Christmas and time for stress - there is no escaping it! Whether you love them or not, the Holidays find a way to tax our bodies and minds. Spending hours on the internet or roaming the stores shopping and cooking, the constant temptation to overeat and drink, navigating the holiday… Read More
  • Noelle Leon-McQueen |
  • December 23, 2015

About Noelle Leon-McQueen

Noelle Leon-McQueen

Noelle McQueen, IFBB Bikini Pro Athlete & BPI Athlete is also a Fitness/Yoga model and writer, E-RYT with 18 years experience as a Certified Sports Yoga Instructor and Master Teacher in Yoga Anatomy, Lifestyle & Weight Management Specialist, Pilates Instructor, Core Endurance Specialist