We rarely pause to consider the functions of the organs that process and assimilate our food into our bodies. Yet without our digestive system, our bodies would lack the essential nutrients to keep our beings healthy and vibrant. In this post, we will explore how our habitual body positioning can throw our digestive systems out of whack.
When we develop mindfulness practices and allot chunks of our days to them, we are quite careful about what they entail—we sit properly for meditation with alignment to support the spine, in yoga practice we move with grace and alertness toward the precise placement of our limbs, we allow sensation to teach us strength and connectedness with our full bodies and then...we step off the mat and into our world.
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 [...]
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! ... The fascial network of the [...]
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.
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 [...]
How do we deal with physical limitations holding us back in our yoga practice? One approach is to push through them - keep training until you've overcome the limitation. However, this is not the best approach to safely making progress in our practice, says Clinical Kinesiologist and yoga therapist Dr. Gill Solberg. Training is not [...]
by Terry Littlefield I was recently listening to J. Brown’s podcast with guest Ann Votaw. Ann was talking about the time she got to go to NYU and get an actual tour of their cadaver lab.She was interested in going there because she had been really sick and the possibility of death hit close to home. She [...]