Are you constantly stretching your hamstrings but still feel that they are tight? It might be counter-intuitive, but there's a good chance that they are just tired and NOT tight.
Yoga teacher, Misty, recently messaged me saying, "I had someone tell me that I was wrong to put my students in Supta Baddha Konasana after back bending, that I should be putting them in 'knees to chest'. I'm curious as to what a chiropractor thinks about backbends and what counterposes are good for the spine."
Friend and yoga teacher, Jen, recently emailed me about Vasisthasana (Side Plank) alignment. She asked if turning the sole of your foot down on the bottom leg is healthy alignment or if it could be bad for your ankle. Well, let's take a look and see!
We've all heard from yoga teachers to NEVER put your lifted foot on the knee of your standing leg, but can you safely put your foot on your knee in tree pose without catastrophe?!? Short answer is... probably. Fellow yoga teacher, Kellyn, recently asked for my thoughts on an article about this Vrksasana (Tree Pose) topic.
So much activity is going on in your body from your fingers all the way to your toes when practicing Adho Mukha Vrksasana, the handstand! And the mighty handstand is definitely a pose that many of us want to perfect, so I'll start to offer some tips from my upcoming handstand workshop at The Yoga Shop!
Are you forgetting about your backside? If you spend most of your day sitting, there's a good chance that you are suffering from glute amnesia.
Lumbopelvic rhythm sounds like something you need for dancing. It sort of makes me think of Elvis... While we're not exactly talking about the pelvic gyrations of Elvis, your low back and pelvis do have some rhythm and dance with each other.
What are muscle agonists and antagonists? Here's a short video and review with a little help from Batman and Robin. A massage therapist named James introduced me to this superhero analogy some time ago, and I've used it to teach this topic ever since. Thanks James!
We've finally made it to the third and final part of my hip opening anatomy posts! In this post, we'll take a look at how we can open the hips in the transverse (or horizontal) plane. If you missed the sagittal and coronal planes, please check out part I and part II of this series. Remember that the transverse plane is all about rotation, so we'll be looking at internal and external rotation of the hips.
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