I am a person with small feet. Lots of people notice this and comment on it—how cute they are or how lucky I am to have such dainty feet. I occasionally get great buys at discount stores on high-end brand names that make people notice my feet.
Taking these observations on how a child moves isn’t just a motherly pastime, but a key ingredient to understanding your own body. Let’s apply this information to help with fundamental physical exploration on your mat and find your inner child.
I recently asked my students to lift their big toes without moving the rest of their foot. With much consternation, they discovered this to be a more difficult than they had anticipated. Intrigued? Try it yourself!
After meeting with a student a few weeks in a row, she looked over at me and said, “You were nice to me for the first few weeks. It’s so much harder now!” I smiled and told her that was just the way I like it. But silently, I scanned through what we had done. It wasn’t wildly complicated—I hadn’t planned for […]
Have you ever thought about the distinct movements that each of your joints make? Perhaps after you’ve rolled an ankle or tweaked your knee in Trikonasana? Or maybe you wonder what your hip joint is doing in your favorite Pigeon variation?
When I was young, my mother always told my sister and I, “stand up straight,” or “keep your back upright when you are walking!” Growing up, keeping our backs straight was standard protocol in my household. When I used to walk to school, my mother would always be watching me from her window, so I worked very hard to walk “properly” in order to please her.
Imagine standing on a boat as it’s sailing through a vicious storm with nothing to grasp on to. That rush of adrenaline coursing through your body as fear takes over and uncertainty settles in. Unlike the typical spinning signs of vertigo, my symptoms mirror the sensation of a boat out on the seas, rocking from side to side.
Self-care is all the rage and along with this surge in popularity, a certain watering down has also occurred. I’m not knocking the move to mainstream. We ALL need to prioritize care for ourselves in the hustle and bustle of daily lif
by Tiffany Holmes “Go inside,” the Iyengar teacher at my home studio likes to say. This is where we check our business without worrying about how the shape we’re in looks, but rather how it feels. When I started teaching yoga, I took cues from all over the place, including the mobility/recovery, and CrossFit world. [...]