cues in yoga

Flexion, extension, contraction, and confusion? Does your mind get turned upside down when you think about these terms or try to use them? Read on in order to get clear on basic anatomical language related to cues in yoga. As a yoga teacher I focus on providing cues in yoga classes that will land on my students. That is, I say things or do things that will have an immediate impact in their bodies. There is no need to

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ujjayi breath

The first pillar of Baptiste power vinyasa yoga is Drishti which we explored in a recent article and the second pillar is ujjayi breath. It is the focus on breathing that changes the practice of yoga from a form of exercise to something life changing! Breath is, after all, what decides if we are alive!

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yoga diaphragm

Where Is My Diaphragm? Yoga Anatomy Your diaphragm is a very large but thin muscle and is the primary muscle for breathing.  So where is this muscle that is the key to life and the key to your yoga practice?  It is located between the thoracic cavity (where your heart and lungs are) and the…

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Pillars of Power Yoga

Pillars of Power Yoga | First Drishti  There are five pillars of power yoga. If you are fortunate enough to experience a Baptiste power yoga practice, you will experience something magical. The magic of Baptiste power yoga is a result, in part, of the practice of five specific pillars. Each of the pillars create support…

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Wrist Pain In Yoga

One of the most common complaints I get from students is that of wrist pain in yoga. They often claim it is “from all of those chaturangas”. Yes it is true that we are human beings and by the looks of it, we were created to support ourselves on our feet.  After all, we are…

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Knee Anatomy Pain concept with Circulatory System

Yoga and Knee Pain | Prevent Knee Injury in Yoga Practice yoga to heal your body, not to injure it! Yoga and knee pain do not go together! Many people that practice yoga have underlying knee injuries and many others simply begin to practice yoga and knee pain arises. A basic understanding of the anatomy…

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Transverse abdominis in yoga

Transverse Abdominis in Yoga – Anatomy of Muscles The last of the four abdominal muscles to discuss is the transverse abdominis. Use of your transverse abdominis in yoga is key to a healthy spine and ease with fun arm balances and transitions. It is the deepest of your four abdominal muscles. That means it is…

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Internal Obliques in Yoga

Internal Obliques in Yoga – Anatomy of Muscles   We recently explored the rectus abdominis and the external obliques which are just two of your four abdominal muscles. Use of your internal obliques in yoga is similar to your external obliques with one major difference: the internal obliques cause your trunk to rotate to the same…

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External Obliques in Yoga

External Obliques in Yoga – Anatomy of Muscles There are four different abdominal muscles (rectus abdominis, external obliques, internal obliques, and the transverse abdominis). While each plays a vital role in stabilizing your core with yoga poses and life’s activities, each one functions to move the body differently. The external obliques share many of the same…

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Leadership and Yoga

Leadership and Yoga A great leader does not inspire me to follow him. Rather a great leader inspires me to create a path to my True North and he inspires me to lead others to a create paths to their True North. I am extremely grateful for the opportunity I had this past week to…

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