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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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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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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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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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What does your collar bone position mean? shoulders yoga anatomy Jul 25, 2021

Our collarbones are easily visible structures on the front of the the body.

Their position and instructions on where and how they are supposed to be held vary.

In this video we take a look at the influences on collarbone positions to give you an informed perspective on how to hold and...

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Fascia Rolling for the Calf - A Movement Anatomy Perspective. Learn why, how and the techniques fascia yoga anatomy May 28, 2021

Tightness in the calves can be successfully addressed with fascia rolling.

Watch this video to learn the anatomical and physiological background for addressing the calves with fascia rolling.

Understand three types of forces and and the three modes in which fascia rolling can be applied best...

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Do you want to move better? fascia real life yoga anatomy yoga practice Mar 11, 2021

Do you still remember your first yoga class?  The challenges to your mobility, your balance, your strength? Don't you wish it could have been easier?

When I first went to yoga classes, I was so disappointed with myself. I thought I was fit and capable. I was running, cycling, surfing and...

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How Important Is Alignment? alignment yoga anatomy yoga postures yoga practice Jan 07, 2021

As it turns out, not very much.
Alignment can look good.
Sometimes it makes postures and movements easier.
But what get’s us to a certain alignment?
It’s the actions and engagements of muscles.
Maybe let’s focus on that. Engagement is important.

Let’s take a step back to...

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How can yoga teachers benefit from knowing yoga anatomy? alignment fascia health yoga anatomy yoga postures Jan 04, 2021

Oslo Yoga, www.osloyoga.no  hosted a panel discussion on yoga anatomy as part of their international yoga festival www.yogafestivalen.no on January 4, 2021.
On the panel were:

Mark Stephens www.markstephensyoga.com

Anna Kristina Kavli www.iyoga.no,

and me, Chris Kummer ...

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Happy Hips - Strength and mobility around your hip joint fascia yoga anatomy yoga postures Dec 14, 2020

Modern hips.

Modern hips are hips used to sitting on chairs. Or simply sitting a lot.

How many people have told you already that sitting too much can make your hip area tight? This tension can include the hip ligaments, the hip-flexor muscles and a lot of  other associated muscles and fascia...

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The Simple Secret to Better Balance in Yoga Poses alignment real life yoga anatomy yoga postures yoga practice Dec 10, 2020

This yoga anatomy tip will help you improve your balance in handstand and othert balance postures.

Anytime you want to attempt to practice a balance yoga posture you need to follow this principle to be successful. if you aim to balance for longer than it takes to take a quick photo.
These balance...

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