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.
Is the first rule of Period Cramps don't talk about Period Cramps? Maybe we don't talk about them enough, but, oh, they are there. Like little miniature grape stompers gleefully going to town in your uterus. Besides cramps, periods are often associated with other aches and pains, especially in the lower back and pelvic regions. [...]
Movement frames much of our experience on Earth. We are constantly resisting the pull of gravity and making our way around the world to accomplish our tasks, whether that be taking a shower in the morning, training for a marathon or picking up a tired child to tuck them into bed. Our yoga practice challenges us to untangle the complicated strands of unconscious movement and then re-create a new normal
Yoga always places a high value on purification of body and mind at all levels, all the time, but especially in spring as we need to rid the body of the sludge and heaviness of winter, ridding us of any built up residue of the mind and body.
In today’s blog post I'd like to address this same alignment issue again, but this time from a surprisingly different perspective. Since the time that I wrote these two pieces, I have noticed that this pelvis-tucking message has grown much more widespread in the yoga community, which is a wonderful progressive step for us. However, this shift in perspective has brought with it a large population of yogis who are now taking a stand on the complete opposite end of the spectrum from the original issue.
NamaStay. Sit. Roll over. Good dog. Well, here it is. The dreaded down dog blog - Downward Facing Dog or Adho Mukha Svanasana. I’ve been thinking about writing this for a couple of years and, like my healthy eating, it comes and goes. The time has come to share thoughts and create a conversation about this complicated pose. But I don’t want to create anti-ahimsa and asana arguments. I am, after all, a yoga teacher.