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.
It's one thing to be able to control your core while holding a yoga pose, but as you grow and progress in your practice, you might be ready for a bigger challenge. Here's a little activity that I call inversion walking to take you to the next level of core control. It's a lot harder to keep your core stable when the things attached to it (like your legs) are moving all around. Give it a shot and let me know what you think!
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The popular fitness blog, aSweatLife recently interviewed Dr. Dominika M. Hertsberg and me about yoga for runners. The high impact of running can cause a lot of stresses on your body. Yoga is an excellent way to balance your running routine and aid in your recovery. Check out our thoughts and recommendations here!
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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.
The world can be tough and stressful place that causes us to "hulk out" sometimes. If you're not familiar, the Hulk is a comic book hero who is a genius scientist that turns into a huge, monsterous rage machine when he gets overly stressed or irritated. He then goes about wreaking havoc and destroying everything in his path. Maybe that sounds familiar to you sometimes? The good news is yoga can help! Let's look at how a little yoga knowledge can soothe your inner Hulk.
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.
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.
I received a few questions last week about twists. Do twisting postures wring the toxins out of our spines, and are there toxins in our spines? Or do twists provide just a digestive benefit? How big is this benefit? If you twist left instead of right will it constipate you? What's a yogi to do!?!?
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