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.
I was thinking yesterday of how experienced rock climbers (note: never actually done it myself) emulate how a yoga practice can be – highly saturated with a sense of mindful engagement and receptivity. The skill and agility applied in rock climbing requires a delightful balance of knowing how to engage regions of the body that require stabilization and strength while, at the same time, being able to remain free, open, and receptive to move through large, complex movements. Is this not what is required of us when moving on the mat?