The AnatomyShow BLOG
Yesterday I was sitting together with another senior yoga teacher to catch up after some time of not seeing each other.
Invariably at some point the conversation spiralled back to yoga practice and teaching.
What we had noticed was a continued rise of the popularity of Pilates training,...
Hip mobility, glute strength, and internal rotation are essential components of a healthy movement system. The fascia, the connective tissue network that surrounds and supports the muscles, bones, and organs of the body, plays a critical role in optimizing these components.
Hip Mobility from a...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
We're probably all familiar with at least some of our bad habits.
Maybe this starts with how we (don't) get out of bed in the morning, or the distractions that keep us from our morning practice. Or was that efficient work? During our Yoga practice, do we favour certain postures and avoid others,...
Integrated yoga anatomy is about bringing the body to life.
It’s stepping up from just learning muscles, bones and levers, to learning how to improve postures and movements.
If you want a functional body that can move and practice sustainably, you need to integrate your anatomy.
One of the...
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...
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...