When we think about hip openers in yoga, we often think about a folded Eka Pada Rajakapotasana (half pigeon pose) to stretch some of the hip rotators, but don't forget that the hips do more than just rotate!
Yoga with weights?! Really?!? I know some people are really opposed to yoga with weights. I admit that there was a time that I felt the same way, but if you think about it, weights are only props. Just like we use mats, blocks, straps, bolsters, walls, chairs and blankets, we can use weights to get the most out of our practices when appropriate. The purpose of asana practice is to balance and hone the physical body to be a channel to connect to our mental and spiritual bodies, and weights when used correctly can definitely align with that purpose. With that said, here is a short video of a great utthita trikonasana (triangle pose) flow using weights to help build strong stable shoulders.
I recently received an email from a yoga teacher buddy asking how many vertebrae we have in our spines, specifically how many cervical vertebrae. "Is it 7 or 8?" This may clear things up.
Here's a video of one of my favorite yoga transitions to increase shoulder mobility and stability all in one shot. Check out the video below.
What are we stretching with a pigeon leg or a figure 4 position? You may think of it as the front leg in half pigeon pose. My friend Hana calls the leg position a 7. Anatomically, it is hip flexion, abduction and external rotation. Whatever you call it, taking a look at the functional anatomy will help us determine what is happening in our pigeon-legged poses.
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