In the first 4 videos I gave a bit of a background as to why someone would have difficulty finding a down dog position. In the previous videos you can start connecting with the concept of the pose conforms to you. That everyone's pose will have similarities and differences based off genetics, life experience that made these bodies, and available strength. The next set of videos will be covering why the hamstrings aren't the only muscle group that would be restricting this mov
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
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
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
In this short video you will not only see but feel that when you lean forward it begins increases compressive type forces going into the wrist. This is a cue typically given when going from a Hi-lo chaturanga. This is an advanced option and is not ideal to be used in class as the only option. There are too many strength abilities in class for this to be the only option. Why is this cue given? The idea of stacking your joints is the safest place to start. While this is safe wa
The Importance of a breath hold and why would you do it in yoga or at all. Valsalva maneuver is a momentary breath hold or a bearing down depending on where and why you would be doing this breath. Before I go on to explain I will quickly recap the other two fundamental breaths. The relaxed breath the diaphragm should be moving in 3-dimensional manner. The first 2/3’s of the breath should the rib cage expanding right and left and downward; the last 1/3 would be a slight upward
Paradox breathing: This is a type of breath that is used when we need the abdominals contracted for stabilization. It is no longer ideal to use the abdominals in the aid of breathing. The breath now will be more expansive at the rib cage and the diaphragm moves higher up into the chest. Chest breathing is a normal response in these situations to protect the spine but you are still breathing. This is commonly referring to as a stress breath. We make the mistake that a stress b
Pigeon has become a signature pose yoga. It also has become a pose where people can feel if they are not able to get into the full expression of it that they have tight hips and or they feel as though there is something wrong with them. Stretching the posterior portion of the hips does wonders for low back, hip and knee pain.
Why would you not be able to make flexibility gains in the hips? Why is this not the full remedy for your low back, hip or knee pain (even up into the
We either have envy or a painful feeling when we see someone doing the front to back splits. We may feel inadequate when we are able to only achieve half split. Remember everyone has unique flexibility capabilities because of our genetics and life experiences that have created these amazing bodies. Being able to attain full splits doesn't make you a better yogi or person and it may not even get you out of back pain. When you are going through a flexibility routine without cre
How do the adductors add to back pain? The adductors not only have one job of bringing the leg to the midline. They also aid in hip flexion and extension. Plus, in this variation of the stretch I'm going to help you get to more of the hip rotators that sit high in the groin, hip crease region. Think opposite side of pigeon. The hip rotators are local stabilizers and work with the anterior and posterior pelvic floor muscles. Weak or over facilitated (over working)muscles can c
Why would Heros pose or Virasana will help with lower back pain? You have 11 hip flexors with varying attachments at the hip to the knee or from the vertebrae to the femur. When one or more of the hip flexors begin to become chronically short and tight it will begin to take the pelvis in to an anterior pelvic tilt and this can begin to place pressure on L4L5 L5S1 area of your back. The lumbar erectors and other back muscles then have to over work. Glute max then gets put int
Strength Yoga (disclaimer follows and is below) is the integration of the science of strength training and the intuition of yoga. It is a progressive, athletic and an enlightened based approach to yoga to help you focus on your unique alignment. At the same time will help restore peace of mind and revitalize your spirit through consistent practice. The alignment cues in Strength yoga are unique and simple to understand so you can adjust accordingly to develop strength, improv
When you decide to start a fitness routine, whether it be yoga, running, weight training, etc., there are aesthetic reasons behind the initial goal of starting any practice. We want to feel and look good, and there is certainly nothing wrong with that as being a part of a goal. The question is what kind of foundation do you want to build? If the goal of the practice is to look good in order to feel good, this is feeding the ego and becomes an empty goal. I say this because wh