A bent knee, is a strong knee. Has anyone ever told you that before? I'd wager that this is probably your first time hearing that. When it comes to Balance Poses (like Dancer's, Half Moon, Warrior 3 etc) You've likely been instructed to straighten your leg or "microbend your knee." These are really common cues, … Continue reading Balance Poses: (Please) Bend Your Damn Knee
Let's talk about one of the grooviest areas of your body: the outside edge, your lateral lines. This kinetic chain of muscles/ligaments/tendons is responsible for your movement side to side hence the reason why it's often called your "Fish Lines." Your Lateral Lines are also HUGE when it comes to stability. I know what you are … Continue reading Lateral Lines Part I: Legs & Hip Anatomy & Dysfunction
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
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?
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
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
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
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
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
Kind of a weird question right? We understand what the word means, we can even demonstrate it quite easily, and we know it feels pretty damn good... But can you actually describe it? It's kind of baffling huh? Well let's take a good look at stretching today then! We're going to look at: Local Components … Continue reading What is Stretching?