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by AnnMerle Feldman I arrived at Kripalu last August, my too-large belly tucked and belted firmly into my high-waisted stretch jeans, wondering what the Yoga Tune Up Core Integration Immersion, one of the foundational YTU immersion trainings, could do for this “unsightly bulge.” I have been ashamed of my belly my whole life. I sucked [...]

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We’re delighted to be sharing this fascinatingly yogadorky excerpt on the wonderful world of fascia from this great book: Anatomy and Yoga: A Guide for Teachers and Students by Ellen Saltonstall. Anatomy nerds and curious yogis will love this one. We’re also excited to be hosting a giveaway—stay tuned! …   Fascia: The Grand Organizing Tissue [...]

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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 [...]

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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 [...]

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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.

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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 [...]

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