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How to improvise yoga props and mat for online yoga practice at home

alignment yoga postures May 11, 2020
 


Yoga classes have abruptly shifted from the studio to our homes. Not everyone has a yoga mat, block or other props available for home practice with online courses.

Learn how to use household items as props and yoga mat to participate in online yoga classes.
This video explains how to adjust for missing props with general household items and still participate fully in your favourite yoga classes.
Watch the surprise explanation why not having a yoga mat can be good for you.

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Is Your Body Tighter on One Side?

alignment yoga postures Apr 02, 2020
 

Have you ever wondered why one side of your body always feels somewhat more stiff, the other side more mobile or you seem to twist further to one side than the other?

This video and post explore one important factor in this imbalance and how to check for it.

You might remember a song from when you were little, something from primary school. It includes the line: ‘… the thigh bone is connected to the hip bone, …

Because of its direct connection at the hip socket, along with the many ligaments and strong muscles, the thigh (and with it the thigh bone) have a strong influence on positioning and stability of the hips.
The hip bone is only one part of the three-part pelvis. The pelvis itself is comprised of the left and right hip bones, and the sacrum in the back centre of this ring structure.

What makes the difference between a rigid ring structure and our pelvis are the three joints.
At the front of the pelvis the pubic joint is mobile, so are the two sacroiliac joints,...

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The Arches of Your Feet are an Action You Can Choose

alignment yoga postures Feb 10, 2020

You have a choice. Now you do. As a baby you didn’t. Back then, the task was to stand, counteract gravity in whichever way possible until your feet carried you.

Fast forward to today. How much have you consciously upgraded your standing skills?

When you let your mind drift to the last time you saw baby feet, or the feet of a very young child that couldn't stand yet, what shape feet were they? 

I get it, they are cute, and soft, and puffy and - flat. Babies don’t have arches in their feet. By what process do we then, hopefully, gain the arches of our feet as we grow up? 

The answer lies simply in the use and coordination of our muscles. 

Remember we have twenty six bones held together by connective tissues in our feet? 

In order to move and animate and support our body weight on our feet, we need to add muscles into the picture. Ligaments and fascia are all good and useful, but they don’t initiate movement. Plus, when put under load they stretch...

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How to Interpret Instructions in Yoga Practice - Arm Rotations in Downward Dog

alignment yoga postures Nov 11, 2019
 

Following yoga class instructions helps us move in and out of postures without having to look at and observe the teacher.

Many instructions that are given produce varying responses and results in class participants. This can be a result of individual interpretation of the meaning of such instructions, or, maybe for the sake of brevity, a hint actually referring to a range of actions or movements.

Interpreting yoga instructions helps us gain clarity on what certain instructions mean, what the intended postural action is.

Watch this video about turning the upper arms out in downward facing dog to see the difference between intended action and literal response.

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Alignment - Yoga & Life

 

Alignment suggests specific positions and relationships of body parts in postures.

In our life off the yogamat, or when not practicing specifically, we rarely adhere to those specific alignment guidelines.

In this video I discuss the reasons why alignment can be helpful. Looking at the example of the fierce pose, or utkatasana, or chair pose, I describe the difference between specific alignment and its real-life application and relevance. 

Once we are clearer why we suggest or follow alignment cues, we have greater choice and freedom to explore a broader range of movement and positions safely.

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