Developmental Movement: Hips & Shoulders

Ah it's been so long since I've been able to write!  Taking a little time off to focus on my work has been good and inspirational.  So let's start off this new wave of inspiration looking at how to sequence in really healthy movement! In this post today we'll take a look at how Internally … Continue reading Developmental Movement: Hips & Shoulders

Chronic Illness

Our modern day life is full of chronic ailments - body aches and pains, and also disorders of respiration, digestion, brain function, locomotion, and mood.  Chronic illness now dominates healthcare because everyone is affected. I'm sure you can relate to at least one of these ailments that I've described and believe it or not, they … Continue reading Chronic Illness

Pigeon Pose Series: Core Strengthening

Here's a quick way to spice up your Pigeon pose by adding some Core Stability through your transverse abdominis muscle.  Plus I'll introduce a different, more active way to get into Pigeon pose! Other benefits include: Increased Active Range of Motion of your Hips Increased Hip Stability (by strengthening your Butt-tator cuff) Gluteal muscle activation Spinal … Continue reading Pigeon Pose Series: Core Strengthening

Yoga For Low Back Pain

Back pain is a pretty common affliction.  Most, if not everyone, has experienced it at one point in their life.  Here is some easy yoga to help with those times when you have it, or you can use these to help stave it off. This will be pretty different from your standard "Yoga for Low … Continue reading Yoga For Low Back Pain

Crocodile Bridge Pose

You breathe about 17,000 to 30,000 times a day.  Needless to say, breathing is one of the most important movements you make every single moment! Improper breathing can lead to a wealth of biomechanical problems.  Sitting is usually the source of our faulty breathing patterns since it impairs the diaphragm and also makes it hard … Continue reading Crocodile Bridge Pose

Active Pigeon: Impact & Aftermath

I'd like to share with you guys some really cool things that have emerged ever since my yoga community adopted Active Pigeon pose and began to shy away from Sleeping Pigeon. It started here 4 months ago (wow right?!) when I first presented the case against Sleeping Pigeon pose inhibiting the deep stabilizers of the hip … Continue reading Active Pigeon: Impact & Aftermath

Restorative Backbends to Alleviate Mechanical Stress & Back Pain

The intention of this short post is to provide a mechanically oriented breakdown of Supported Bridge and Supported Reclined Bound Angle (Supta Baddha). Many sources (like Rec Bound Angle) use bolsters, blankets, etc to support these poses.  The versions of these poses displayed here only require 2 yoga blocks.  (You can purchase 2 foam blocks here for … Continue reading Restorative Backbends to Alleviate Mechanical Stress & Back Pain

Sciatica & Piriformis Syndrome: Condition Breakdown w/ Corrective Yoga

Depending on who you ask Sciatica can mean a lot of different things.  Some people have a "Sciatica area" of their thigh.  Others believe that any time their back hurts, it's sciatica to blame. So is it an area of the thigh?  Is it back pain? Kiiiiinda, but not really Sciatica or Sciatic Neuritis is quite … Continue reading Sciatica & Piriformis Syndrome: Condition Breakdown w/ Corrective Yoga

Yoga Injuries: Headstand more like Nope-Stand

If you know me you probably know that there are two poses that I refuse to teach in group Yoga.  One of those is "sleeping butt pigeon," which I've done a whole extensive series on how sleeping pigeon can injure your hip.  (Here's a quick link to Part I). The the other pose is the most … Continue reading Yoga Injuries: Headstand more like Nope-Stand

Anatomy of a Modern Day Human: Troll Posture

With my previous few posts focused on the Thoracic spine and it's mobility (how it moves, and how to restore it), it's about time that I talk about a very common postural epidemic: Troll Posture That's at least what I jokingly call the hunched over, rounded and internally rotated position that we scroll and swipe through our … Continue reading Anatomy of a Modern Day Human: Troll Posture