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Why Can Lotus Pose Be Comfortable? (for some) Dec 06, 2022

Lotus pose, or padmasana, often appears in texts and imagery as the essential seated posture for meditation or pranayama (breathing practices). Lotus pose is of course found in various asana (posture) practices of many styles of yoga.
In posture practices, lotus pose is not held for significant...

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Destabilizing Postures yoga postures yoga practice Nov 24, 2022

Are you still making this mistake?

Warrior 3 can be a strong pose. Both as a challenging balance and to lift the body horizontally into a line or slight back bend.

We might feel the muscle engagement in the hamstring area of the lifted leg, most people might also notice the gluteal muscles working...

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Why are you practicing Downward Dog? health yoga anatomy yoga practice Oct 02, 2022

This question is not just about downward dog yoga posture. The enquiry can be expanded to question the practice of any pose.
Maybe we can ask what the purpose of any given pose might be.
For you. Not the general purpose. The general purported purpose you can look up in many available yoga books...

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When looking up in upward dog might not serve you alignment yoga anatomy yoga postures Sep 23, 2022

Upward facing dog was amongst the first yoga postures we practiced when I began taking yoga classes many years ago. With it came the spinal extension, the compressive feeling in the lower back and the instruction to tilt the head back and look up.

Over the years I learned this pose supposedly has...

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Yoga Anatomy of the Boat Pose boat pose hip flexors yoga postures yoga practice Jul 06, 2022

What are you really challenging in boat pose / navasana?
Hip flexors, hamstrings, thigh muscles, or your back?
The leg position has a big influence on what the focus of the posture is for many of us.

This video explains why practicing with bend knees is more likely to direct the effort to your hip...

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Sharp Knives & Yoga Practice health yoga anatomy yoga practice Apr 22, 2022

Be careful with sharp knives. A sharp knife can injure you more easily.

Who remembers being told this when growing up? Or maybe you still hear it now?

For workplace safety, based on these cautions, wouldn’t it be advisable for cooks and chefs to have blunt knives? That would ensure more...

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Avoidance Yoga Does Not Work feet & ankles yoga practice Apr 04, 2022

Most of us have areas or regions in the body that complain in some way when asked to move or when put under pressure.
One way to describe these ‘complaints’ is pain.
A very common response to pain that is experienced in yoga classes is to receive the instruction to avoid the movement or...

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Adjusting in Yoga Postures: Intention and Participation alignment yoga anatomy yoga postures Mar 01, 2022

Any yoga posture is an adjustment of our posture. From a more generalized perspective that is.
The question if adjustments make your practice better or worse, we’ll leave for a different discussion.
Think of yourself standing somewhere, in line to get a beverage maybe. Would you be like a...

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From Buildings to Bodies alignment fascia yoga postures Jan 22, 2022

There is an interesting and very important difference between living and man-made structures.
While it may seem obvious, some of these differences are still neglected today when movement and postures are considered, as for example, in modern yoga teaching.

Right now, I’m building a little...

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Improve Your Balance in Two Steps feet & ankles health yoga anatomy Oct 20, 2021

Balance is a two-way street.

We are coping with balance quite well so far. We are walking, running, and  standing for most of our lives. Keep in mind though, you practised this for years when you grew up as a little kid.

Further challenges we encounter in later life require physical and...

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Perception & Reality of Yoga Postures alignment real life yoga anatomy yoga postures yoga practice Oct 07, 2021

The movement we think we are doing, how we imagine our posture looks like, and the reality are often quite different.
This disconnect between perception and reality is based on the integration of specific nerve receptor information in our body.

Watch the video to learn how you can train these...

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How To Run Safely On Loose Boulders feet & ankles health real life Sep 21, 2021

‘You are crazy!’  This was the first response I got when suggesting I could run across a boulder field of loosely piled up rocks.  
Walking was challenging. People with hiking boots, sneakers or other footwear moved gingerly as if walking on glass or egg shells.

And here I...

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