This last week, I was inspired by the idea of thermal columns and up draughts and how there is a wonderful analogy at play with yoga and life. Thermal columns are upward flows of gases that have been warmed near the ground's surface. These up draughts carry powerful energy that some species of birds readily take advantage of. By flying into these thermal columns and opening their wing span with ease, these birds get carried into the atmosphere to staggering heights. This passage of elevation mimics so much of how we can experience life.
Advancing our practice is not solely about gaining depth in yoga poses. Advancing and progressing is more about refinement, connection, and awareness. Discovering more and more how to work with (not against) lines of resistance along with engaging the physical layers with mindful, positive stress. As our awareness awakens, a key element to progression is igniting stabilization, so that the positive stresses are received in a nurturing manner.
I am excited to announce that I will be offering online webinars in the coming months exploring various topics on functional yoga anatomy. These free webinars are open to everyone: yoga teachers, wellness practitioners, and students. Enhance your personal yoga practice and strengthen your teaching skills with these enjoyable presentations that will be made readily accessible regardless of experience.
Our hips are one of the most mobile joints of the body thanks to their 'ball and socket' design. One of the primary movements of the hips is rotation. External (or lateral) rotation is facilitated by numerous muscles including the Piriformis muscle. This muscle has an interesting anatomical setup that requires some playful and purposeful isolation into order to functionally target it when stretching.