The classic, straight leg jump through in Vinyasa/Ashtanga flows requires a combination of specific strength engagement techniques along with ample range of motion in the back lines of the body. With this foundation of strength and flexibility, you then need to be able to coordinate these physical elements in order to systematically flow the legs through to sitting.
You start off your yoga flow with a wonderful period of calm centering followed by an invigorating series of breath work. Your yoga teacher guides you into a light series of cat poses and eases you into mountain pose. Then, your teacher sets your stance for a vinyasa flow. You feel ready, full of confidence … Continue reading Chaturanga Dandasana: Why Are Yoga Pushups So Difficult?
My personal yoga practice stems around gaining physical and mental wellness through expansion and connection. But I certainly appreciate and acknowledge that yoga acts as a form of exercise with one major benefit being that it does expend calories and help maintain healthy body composition (ie keep body fat in check). With so many people … Continue reading Burning Calories: How Yoga Measures Up
With the New Year upon us, many people have set intentions to jump-start their yoga routines. The root of these intentions can vary widely, but a common thread is to lean down (shed the holiday calories), increase energy, and reduce stress (another common by-product of holiday festivities). The immediate notion behind fulfilling these resolution themes … Continue reading Keeping Cool As You Fire Up Your Resolutions