Kickboxing Kicks My Butt

Before I started doing yoga in my thirties the only serious exercise I had done was rollerblading which I did quite a bit of, living in Brooklyn and skating to Manhattan daily. Before yoga I …

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Psoas Pain Takes Many Forms

The psoas is the body’s most important muscle for a number of reasons—it is the walking muscle as each successful step is initiated by the psoas major; along with the piriformis muscle it helps our …

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Taking The Thighs Back

Reader Joyce wrote in: When yoga teachers say “thighs back” or “inner thighs back” as you say in this post, it seems to me that there are two possible interpretations of that instruction: 1) bringing …

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Iliopsoas: The Wonder Muscle

As a yoga teacher, I was taught 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 with …

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preparation for full wheel pose

Preparation For Full Wheel Pose

Asana yoga is all about the backbend— we want to develop balanced muscle tone in order to lengthen the spine. The preparatory shape for full wheel pose in the video above should be accessible to …

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Tucking The Pelvis And Kyphosis

The four curves of the spine—sacral, lumbar, thoracic and cervical—are supported by the position of the pelvis. If the pelvis is in the correct position the spine can extend and its four curves can be …

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Shoulder to the wheel…still.

Sketchblog:  DayBooks It hurts to draw,  Be still my shoulder.  Yes, ever rippling injury from a mugging last summer.  I start to see progress and then there’s a reinjury,  It’s like the ripples fade and …

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Kyphosis: Rounding of the upper back

Often in yoga classes words with a normal connotation take on abnormal meanings. Kyphosis is a common one as is lordosis. Kyphosis, a rounding of the upper back, and lordosis, a curving of the lower …

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