Let's explore an exercise to twist deeper, whether to keep your pelvis fixed, how your different vertebrae twist, and how proportions affect your yoga practice!
Have you ever wondered why dogs always stretch after waking? Or why you often stretch your arms overhead and yawn upon waking up? The answer has a name you may have never heard before: pandiculation. Pandiculation is the way in which our bodies prepare for movement by establishing the connection between our motor and sensory … Continue reading Pandiculation: Simple Movements Can Reduce Muscle Tension
A torn rotator cuff equals a trip to the surgeon and thousands of dollars, right? Not so fast! It is possible to use yoga as a tool for recruiting the help of our healthy muscles to take over for the injured muscle, allowing us to maintain our range of motion. We can use yoga to … Continue reading Yoga To Heal A Torn Rotator Cuff
Fascia not only joins the structures in our bodies together, it distributes force and shock, can contract, affects our posture, and is key to getting rid of chronic pain.
But the truth is, all life is one life. There is only one game in progress. There is one race, many different shades...Truth is truth. If you hurt someone, you hurt self. If you help someone, you help self. Blood and bone is in all people. It's the heart and intent that is different...It is … Continue reading Connecting With Your Connective Tissue
There is no fixed physical reality, no single perception of the world, just numerous ways of interpreting world views as dictated by one's nervous system and the specific environment of our planetary existence. -- Deepak Chopra Our nervous system is constantly changing in response to our interaction with our environment. When that environment is our … Continue reading Balancing the Branches of Your Nervous System
"If you put yourself in a position when you have to stretch outside your comfort zone, then you are forced to expand your consciousness." – Les Brown Last post we explored the stretch reflex and how the lengthening of a muscle causes muscle spindles to create a response of contraction. There is a similar reflex … Continue reading Proprioceptive Neuromuscular Facilitation: Big Words, Big Results
Success is due to our stretching to the challenges of life. Failure comes when we shrink from them. – John C. Maxwell The physical aspect of yoga is all about breathing, strengthening, and stretching. During a stretch there is communication between the nervous and muscular systems, resulting in a natural … Continue reading Stretch Your Knowledge: The Stretch Reflex
“It is not by muscle, speed, or physical dexterity that great things are achieved, but by reflection, force of character, and judgment.” – Marcus Tullius Cicero Yoga places a special emphasis on the muscular system. In order to come into a yoga pose, known as an asana, we engage our muscles to move our bodies. … Continue reading Strength Through Understanding: The Muscular System
“A pat on the back is only a few vertebrae removed from a kick in the pants, but is miles ahead in terms of results.” – Ella Wheeler Wilcox As humans we have a highly evolved spinal column that allows us to stand upright and move in all different directions. Think about all the different … Continue reading The Spine: We’ve All Got Some Backbone