Halasana Alignment in Yoga

FOCUS ON BONY ALIGNMENT IN YOGA Let’s face it. There is so much to learn about anatomy and alignment in yoga and it is overwhelming for yoga students and teachers! Asana practice undoubtedly provides benefits to all aspects of the human body such as the cardiovascular, digestive, lymphatic, reproductive, and nervous system. However, as yoga…

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Why Joints Crack

Three Reasons Why Joints Crack Have you ever wondered about the sounds your body makes and why joints crack? As an anatomy teacher, physical therapist and yoga teacher I am often asked, “Why do joints crack?”. It is also common for my clients to say, “I know I should stop, but it feels so good!”…

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Foot Placement in Tree Pose

Foot Placement In Tree Pose: Is Your Knee Safe? If you did not get a chance to read Dr. Trish Corley’s article on foot placement in tree pose in the last issue of Namaskar Magazine, check it out here! Have you given much thought to your foot placement in tree pose? I have heard countless…

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bandhas

Bandhas | The Third Pillar of Power Yoga The third pillar of power yoga is bandhas. You might recall the first pillar is dristhi, a visual focus. Yes, dristhi is the pillar I wrote about many months ago. I lost my dristhi in terms of writing about each of the five pillars of Baptiste Power Yoga. Yet…

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Hands on Assists in Yoga

Register for Our Next Hands on Assists Yoga Training Hands on Assists in Yoga: Intention Matters Hands on assists in yoga classes offer students the opportunity to experience possibility in a pose that they may not otherwise experience without the assist. When I receive an empowering and supportive hands on assist in yoga, I am…

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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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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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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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