Poor posture is often a combination of cascading, dysfunctional elements acting on our musculoskeletal system. This dysfunction is not helped by the fact we have a strong tendency towards a dominance of our internal rotators of the humerus (upper arm bone). As muscle tension imbalances set in across the shoulders and upper arms, the dominance of internal rotation places dragging tension onto the shoulder blades. This ultimately draws the shoulder blades forward that leads to inhibition and weakening of the musculature needed to counter dominant internal shoulder rotation. Let's look at all the various internal rotators to gain a better sense of these tension imbalances.
We are very familiar with the general concept of yoga being about 'balance' and 'harmony' for the physical, mental, and energetic body. These relationships of balance cross their respective boundaries influencing each other. In terms of the physical body, it is essential that we respect the musculoskeletal relationship of balanced muscle tension.
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Kombucha has become all the rage with the yoga community becoming the side-kick to the yogi's mat - and for good reason. I was invited to a new flavours launch party by Rise Kombucha (based out of Montreal). They hosted a great event celebrating 2 new flavours, Mint Chlorophyll and Rose Schizandra.
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Balancing yoga postures can be an intense challenge for many practitioners. When we hold balancing poses for extended breaths and even cycle in multiple balancing poses in a row, we readily see many students in the group coming out of the sequence needing to shake off the tension and lactic acid build up in the feet. Equally problematic for many is just the simple process of finding steadiness. When I did my teacher training (eons ago), we were taught to suggest to students that they step off their mat to find more stable grounding. I have recently come to a conclusion that this may be of disservice and in fact, we may want to consider going in the opposite direction to, in fact, challenge our balancing poses even more.
For regular yoga practitioners, we clearly know yoga provides a bounty of health and wellness benefits. The aspects of flexibility, strength, stress-reduction, and improved energy becomes a primary focus for most people. But a new study adds an even more convincing and motivating reason to do yoga regularly. A study from the University of North Texas Health Science Centre has discovered strong evidence that stretching and flexibility are related to the health of arteries and overall cardiovascular health.
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We practice yoga to acquire strength and space in the body so it becomes more free to find stillness through our methods of self observance. During this process of becoming stronger and more mobile, are these asanas truly nurturing our joints or are we potentially sending damage into connective tissue like our cartilage?
Q: I have been asked before regarding the difference/advantages/disadvantages to hot yoga; and I found your explanation very informative. Could you pass along some of the info from a factual/kinesiology standpoint to me to in turn pass along when asked?
A: I just had this conversation with someone in the gym, so here is my science-based perspective on WHY PEOPLE SHOULD BE CAUTIOUS AND INFORMED WHEN DOING HOT YOGA.
I have a great number of people asking me how to enhance their yoga and wellness practices with nutrition, and often, with inquiries about vegetarian/vegan diet plans. I frequently receive questions about how to get adequate protein, having variety in foods, how to cook, and simply just how to get started. I am excited to see the new Thrive Forward program to which I now refer everyone who is looking for guidance, tips, and inspiration in developing a plant-based diet and enhancing their whole wellness. I am also excited to be able to give away two Thrive Forward Starter Kits containing Vega products.
One of the key benefits and primary interests for people doing yoga is to increase flexibility and joint range of motion. I have compiled expert opinions on the physiology of stretching.
A recurring question I receive from yoga students is about issues with wrist discomfort and injuries. Having had a history of wrist injuries due to competitive sports, I am sensitive to how students work with their hands within poses and overall sequencing in the practices. Due to the nature of most hand positions in yoga poses, there is a tendency to collapse into specific areas of the wrist and, without due care, this can lead to detrimental effects.
In just a few weeks, New Year's will be upon us with a wave of 'challenges' being tossed at us left, right and center including for our yoga practices. As wikipedia defines, "A challenge is a general term referring to things that are imbued with a sense of difficulty and victory". The concept of 'difficulty' doesn't resonate much of a positive tone, does it? When achieving some state of victory, then what? Now that I can put my foot suddenly behind my head, am I suddenly that much more closer to enlightenment? Rather than integrating this concept of overcoming 'difficulty', would we not be better served to approach our practice with a sense of opportunity instead?