Lateral Lines Part III: Functional Movement

Hello again everyone!  We've reached the final leg of our journey, the part you've all been waiting for!  In this segment we'll look at ways to release key problem areas along your Lateral Line & also address how to strengthen & integrate it in grand movements. Lateral Line openness and strength will give you: Shoulders … Continue reading Lateral Lines Part III: Functional Movement

Your 4 Diaphragms

Here's a fun one, that I find absolutely fascinating.  You have 4 diaphragms in your body!  We all know about the common one, the Thoracic Diaphragm that lies under your lungs and helps vacuum air in and out of your chest.  Today I'm here to show you that there are 3 more that are equally as … Continue reading Your 4 Diaphragms

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

Are Your Hamstrings Actually Tight?

Today we'll demystify and breakdown "Tight Hamstrings."  It's a common diagnosis among a lot of people.  You've probably heard of it or suffered from it at one point as it often keeps you from folding forward and touching your toes. Hamstrings are a bit more complicated than they seem.  They can actually be both "tight" and "not tight" at the … Continue reading Are Your Hamstrings Actually Tight?

How to Sit

For the first time in our history as humans we've reached an era where sitting has become a position that we hold for long periods of time.  Historically, we would stand and move around to work our fields, work in a factory, etc.  Time spent sitting was much less was used for times of rest.  Sitting was … Continue reading How to Sit

Hack the Brain to Stabilize Your Chaturanga

A yoga push up, or Chaturanga Dandasana/Low Plank/4 Limbed Staff, is commonly used in many styles of yoga.   It's a great strength building pose, plus it activates a lot of stabilizer muscles:   Think of it like your entire back, from your neck down to your heel, is pulling you up, and your chest and core have … Continue reading Hack the Brain to Stabilize Your Chaturanga

The Anatomy of Ujjayi Breath

There are a bunch of different ways to breath in yoga.  Pranayama is the umbrella term used to describe all the different yoga breathing techniques.  One of the most common breathing techniques, maybe one you've even heard before, is Ujjayi breath. Ujjayi in Sanskrit translates "to be victorious." And that's exactly what this breath accomplishes … Continue reading The Anatomy of Ujjayi Breath

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

Active Tree Pose: Hip Stability & Balance

Today I'll be breaking down another great pose for hip stability, Active Tree. Chances are you have taken Tree Pose before, it's a great pose for single leg balance, plus it's a very aesthetically pleasing pose of choice for many on Instagram. Real quick explanation of the Biomechanics involved in Active Tree: Active Tree is all about … Continue reading Active Tree Pose: Hip Stability & Balance

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