I am often asked how much of flexibility is natural and how much of it is gained by yoga, stretching and exercise. I wish I could provide a definite percentage, but in truth, it is very individualized. Your "natural flexibility", is determined by the different proteins that make up your body. Collagen is a protein that is like a rope. Elastin is another that is more like a rubber band. Different tissues in your body have different ratios of collagen to elastin making them stiffer or stretchier, and different people will likely have different ratios overall as well. Depending on your mix, you could be more of a rope or more of a rubber band. Rubber bands are stretchier, obviously. Also, some individuals can have conditions that actually affect the proper production of collagen in their bodies making them naturally super stretchy.
A big part of yoga asana is definitely to restore and take care of the physical body, and supine twist with this gentle assist will provide just that. After several days of intense yoga teaching, Ashley Kohler was the perfect Yogigal to receive a little pampering in this video.
This one's just for fun my friends. Take a look at the video below to see the great time we had at my recent Fall Into Flight Workshop!
We learned a lot, laughed out loud and had a fantastic time. Special thanks to all who attended and supported this unique workshop and to Yoga Six Lincoln Park for hosting the event. Until next time!
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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!
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.
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.
I'm often asked how to do a simple adjustment that I use to reduce sassy hips in virabhadrasana II (warrior 2). Check out my post about sassy hips if you're not sure what I'm talking about. This is a common warrior 2 misalignment that I used to see constantly in some of my regular students. One day I thought, "Ok, this needs to change!" and just grabbed one of my students hips and twisted sassy-ness right out of them. That was the birth of the sassy hip adjustment. Over time, I've refined this adjustment a bit, so check out the video of the current version below.
Have you ever seen a hiked up back hip in Virabhadrasana II (warrior 2 pose)? I call it the "sassy hip" because it has some life and attitude. It pops up like the hips of a runway model taking a stroll down the catwalk. What's going on with these sassy hips in Virabhadrasana II? Let's take a look at the anatomy behind it.
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