In the yoga and fitness space, there is an abundance of advertisements of “yoga for back pain,” “yoga for shoulder strength,” “yoga for weight-loss,” and a wide range of other objectives. Out of curiosity, I’ve been following research on pain management and specific movement modalities, including yoga, Pilates, weight-training, walking, Alexander Technique, Feldenkrais, and other practices.
Everyone has pain at some time during life. It can run on a spectrum from severe to mild; overwhelming agony that ceases movement to background discomfort that simply slows us down—and any stop between the two ends. It is always inconvenient, distracting and often derails our movement.
Several months ago, I had to get a sub for a level 1 class. In the yoga world, level 1 often means different things to different teachers. This particular class is labeled “fundamentals/level 1.” People show up to this class having never taken a yoga class.
by Kate Krumsiek Sometimes when I have new student, I’ll introduce myself and let them know that I don’t offer a traditional vinyasa practice; I offer a slower-motion movement class that will invite them to track sensations throughout their body as they move in novel ways. There can be distinct moment of disappointment that hangs [...]
by Kayleigh Miller In the last few years I have moved from being a yoga teacher to becoming a human movement enthusiast, meaning that I am interested in the function and structure of the human body as related to movement, even beyond yoga asana. One of the most powerful concepts I’ve been exposed to during [...]
We hear a great deal about the various forms of self-care lately and, in many ways, it covers a huge gap in healthcare for maintenance issues of stress relief, chronic pain and injury recovery. The old “apple a day keeps the doctor away” adage can be applied to consistent upkeep of our human bodies, yet the relationship between caring for oneself and being under the care of a doctor are two very different, and often contrasting, experiences.
by Kayleigh Miller Yoga offers a multitude of benefits to practitioners, from improvements in stress related health issues* to improved joint movement and strength, and potential changes in behaviors**. Both yoga and other movement styles can have a profound positive effect on the relationship between the brain, the body, and the somatosensory experience. To start [...]
Most any yoga practitioner knows the importance of full, deep diaphragmatic breathing to enhance wellbeing and reduce stress. However, while the diaphragm plays a significant role in respiration, it has many other important functions that are often overlooked. As Tom Myers, author of Anatomy Trains explains in the video below, the movement of the diaphragm causes all of the organs around [...]
How many times in your life have you been reminded or guided to “just take a deep breath” in a moment of panic, frustration, anger, pain, etc? As reassuring (or sometimes annoying) as this suggestion can be, there is a fundamental truth to this piece of advice on how we can calm ourselves down and sooth our nervous system in times of distress or strong emotional upwelling.