Cat/Cow–A Blueprint for Stability

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The movements of the shoulder blade play an integral role in the stability of your core, but many of us have very stuck shoulder blades. Cat/Cow is a great way to mobilize AND strengthen this system to become a better foundation for all of the poses which bare weight in your hands. Read on for the breakdown, so you can build up your Cat/Cow.

On Non-Grasping

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The following is a clunky metaphor, to be sure. Don’t think I’m not aware of it. But it is a picture I recently drew for a student caught up in the type-A push and pull of yoga practice: how to be patient and remain present in the process when all you want is the freedom of a quiet mind. Imagine you encounter a dog. A big dog. Let’s say a VERY big dog. This dog is not tethered, is not […]

The Words We Use

As yoga teachers, we feel responsible for so much: safety, ego, emotional health, students getting what they think they need, getting students in the door…and that’s just IN the studio. My own personal view: Start Small and Keep It Simple. A colleague of mine recently emailed regarding a message I offered in one of my last trainings: Stop teaching rhetorically and think critically about what you are offering your students. I am posting her inquiry here and my response; I […]

Hip Replacement–What we want to avoid.

In my last workshop we looked at the anatomy of the hip and discussed some of the risks involved in over-opening this joint.  It is rare to think of the hips as having hypermobility, but in the case of advanced practitioners who work diligently at excessive extension and extreme external rotation in this joint, laxity is a common result.   Too much length in the ligaments that hold the joint together, coupled with a lack of direct strengthening of stabilizer […]

Balance is a Verb

For those of us with stressful, modern, fast-paced lives…we often say, “I just really need to find some balance!” Read on for what this truly means in our modern world.

Namaste

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For beginners, class can present some confusing and intimidating scenarios. Read on for insight to one of the most common practices in yoga class…