The Brain & Breathing: Active & Passive Breath

In both yoga and corrective exercise we often draw awareness to the breath.  It's an important aspect as breath is fundamental part of any movement pattern. "If you don't own breathing, you don't own the movement" -Dr. Karel Lewit Breath gives us the biggest indication of where we are at currently in the exercise or … Continue reading The Brain & Breathing: Active & Passive Breath

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

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

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

Which Layer Should I Take?

In yoga and even in exercise we get a lot of different options when it comes to moving our bodies.  Often times these are called: layers, modifications, add-ons, etc.  Good teachers/coaches give a lot of these as they allow their students to customize.  Usually the intentions behind these may be to soften the pose/exercise or to … Continue reading Which Layer Should I Take?

Abs & Anti-Extension: “Inhale – Backbend”

Here's one I've been playing around with for a while now. *Spoiler Alert* It's dope. In my teaching experience, both in what I teach, what I've learned, and all the classes I've ever taken, I've always been instructed to do my yoga backbends on an exhale.  About 3 months ago my amazing Omie, Lauren Sanford, … Continue reading Abs & Anti-Extension: “Inhale – Backbend”