There’s more to downdog than meets the eye! It’s great to start with what the pose looks like for someone who holds the orthopedic profile for it. What do you do for the person that doesn’t have it? You can’t force them? Stretching won’t necessarily get it done. The pose conforms to the person but you have to know how to conform the pose or simply scrap it altogether.
It’s important to take a wider stance with your hands in #downdog to be in the scapular plane for the #shoul
Down Dog and Shoulder Pain Part 2 --Thoracic Extension In part one of this series I went over briefly the three things I look for in the upper quarter of the body for not only down dog, but this holds true for any time the arms are going over your head. This will be especially important when the upper body is loaded such as table tops, planks but more so for down dog and certain arm and forearm balance postures. In a group setting I am not able to do one-on-one assessments. S
How can you begin to minimize the load being placed onto the wrist, the passive structures of the shoulders and the neck? There is a concept called ‘Spreading the Floor’. This is a concept not only used in powerlifting and strength conditioning, but I have seen references in yoga books (very few but I have found them). I use this concept all the time and is game changer for people! Especially when taught the intricacies of spreading the floor or in this the mat. You will get
In Part 5 of wrists and yoga I am going to visit technique pointers for Revolved postures. Revoled or twisting postures are a group of poses that many don't realize that they just dumped the majority of their weight into the supporting arm. Your wrist, shoulder and neck will really begin to hate that as they are taking the brunt of your weight.The brunt of your weight should be taken up by the working leg, glutes, centeral core and peripheral core. Pay attention next time and
In this video I will be going over technique work for side plank. Side plank is one where students feel they have to be on the razors edge of their feet--this is untrue. Without the peripheral core strength when the hips to hang low and place excessive weight into the wrist; hang off the passive structures of the shoulder and then the neck has to take a bigger load as well. There are many options other than the hardest one. It's challenging in a group setting to do what our b
When people are just starting either a yoga program or a fitness program the push up position can be very hard on the wrists, shoulders, neck and low back. When people start in the setup of the high plank or high push up position they may have the strength for the static setup but when it’s time to descend they may lose that stability and do full body sag. This sag at the shoulder places extra stress or the extra load to the wrists, passive structures of the shoulder, the nec