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 [...]
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 [...]
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
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.
By Amanda Winkler Have you heard the old adage, “no pain, no gain”? This culturally pervasive idea has made its mark on virtually everything – our jobs, our personal lives and very prominently in the way we treat and move our bodies. If you don’t wake up the morning after an intense workout or practice [...]
by Lisa Sanson “Sitting is the new smoking”? Yes, I am suggesting that sitting negatively affects your deep low back muscle, the quadratus lumborum (QL), just as smoking negatively affects the lungs, and both can create dis-ease/disease in the body. In this analogy, the QL can be thought of as the lungs of the lower back. [...]