Stop Tucking Your Pelvis

Getting people to stop tucking their pelvis under seems to be my life’s work. I don’t know how it happened but here I am. For one, I don’t think most people realize that they tuck their pelvis under every minute of their lives. For another, oh so many people are told to do so. Look …

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A Right Angle

Your shin and foot should create a right angle when you are standing and in what is called the midstance of walking.  Only in this way can weight be transferred successfully from the upper body through the foot and vice versa. Unfortunately, too many of us tend to hyperextend our knees while standing and walking.  …

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Embracing change

It is amazing what happens when the body and the mind meet with consciousness and clarity. We are incredibly adaptable beings with an endless capacity for change. Embracing change is the pathway to a different self. I focus mostly on changing the body and its conditioned patterns but changing the physical is the first step …

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The Psoas Major Acts like a Pulley System

What a piece of work is man? Technically the body isn’t a machine of individual parts. Nothing really works in isolation no matter how many times I implore students to engage a singular muscle. But machine imagery can be very useful when talking about how the body works so here goes. Within the body we find a series …

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Hip Pain When Walking? Untuck Your Pelvis.

If you experience hip pain when walking, it can take many forms. The pain can be in the outer hip,  the buttocks, or in the mysterious area known as the groins. Pain in the outer hip is often associated with the Iliotibial band and the tensor fascia latae muscle. The IT(ilio tibial) band is a …

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Piriformis Release and Piriformis Stretch?

The above video is one of my favorite exercises that uses a piriformis release to access a piriformis stretch, as well as involving an IT band  and hip flexor stretch. As with many of the exercises we offer involving tight hips everyone feels things differently as everyone’s body needs and does different things. It goes without …

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The Psoas Muscle as Hip Flexor

The Psoas is the body’s main hip flexor which is why it is the main muscle of walking but it plays a deeper maybe more important role as a flexor. Flexors are muscles that bring one body part closer to another one. Flexion’s relationship to the nervous system is through our fear response. Our sympathetic …

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Psoas Stretch vs Psoas Release?

Psoas stretches are at the foundation of any yoga class even if the teachers and students don’t realize it. As a yoga teacher, it is my job to stretch people, but it wasn’t long before I began to come across people who didn’t seem to be served by stretching.They would come to class regularly, but …

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How do you Sleep?

http://youtu.be/ePO-I_hUlT8 Here is the first in a series of videos that we will be sharing on walking, exercise, anatomy and other things pertaining to the body. Enjoy!

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