Lotus and protecting your knees

Lotus And Your Knees: What You Need To Know

Lotus pose causes more injuries in yoga asana than any other posture.  Understanding the way your knees are designed to function can help you to come into this pose more safely or decide if lotus is suitable for your unique body. Last post we investigated how bending the knees unlinks the myofascia along the back … Continue reading Lotus And Your Knees: What You Need To Know

Backbends and Your Bum: To Squeeze or Not to Squeeze

The glutes are made up of three muscles...and, like silverware, each of these muscles works towards a similar goal but functions slightly differently. -- Rachel Hector To squeeze your bum or not to squeeze your bum in backbends? A very common question without a one-size-fits-all answer. The answer, as in most things pertaining to your … Continue reading Backbends and Your Bum: To Squeeze or Not to Squeeze

Connecting With Your Connective Tissue

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

The nervous system

Balancing the Branches of Your Nervous System

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

Those Raging Hormones: Yoga and the Endocrine System

Love is indeed, at root, the product of the firings of neurons and the release of hormones. -- Julian Baginni We've all heard the expression that someone has 'raging hormones'. And we've all had the experience of feeling a bit out of character, imbalanced in someway, going a little crazy. (Especially during puberty when those new … Continue reading Those Raging Hormones: Yoga and the Endocrine System

Proprioceptive Neuromuscular Facilitation: Big Words, Big Results

"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

Stretch Your Knowledge: The Stretch Reflex

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

Strength Through Understanding: The Muscular System

“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

Yoga and the spine.

The Spine: We’ve All Got Some Backbone

“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

The Bare Bones: An Overview of the Skeletal System

"I am a collection of thoughts and memories and likes and dislikes. I am the things that have happened to me and the sum of everything I've ever done. I am the clothes I wear on my back. I am every place and every person and every object I have ever come across. I am … Continue reading The Bare Bones: An Overview of the Skeletal System