Category Archives: Yoga

What is Frozen Shoulder and Why Yoga Will Make it Worse

Frozen shoulder is a physical syndrome in which the range of motion in the shoulder joint is severely limited. For a more official definition we turn to Web MD: Frozen shoulder, also known as adhesive capsulitis, is a condition characterized by stiffness and pain in your shoulder joint. Signs and symptoms typically begin gradually, worsen over time and then resolve, usually within one to three years. Your risk of developing frozen shoulder increases if you’re recovering from a medical condition or procedure that prevents you from moving your arm — such as a stroke or a mastectomy. Treatment for frozen Read more…

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Tea and Yoga to Cleanse for This Spring

*A review of a workshop Mel taught with trainer and tea sommelier Natasha Nesic. How are you supporting yourself this Spring? First scene on teamuse.com as written by Natasha. “I want to debunk the myth that spinal twists wring out the organs. I’ve been seeing that in a lot of yoga journals lately.” Melissa demonstrated, rotating her torso. “The organs are mostly on the front of the body. They don’t move.” This was only the beginning of the Spring Cleanse Tea & Yoga Workshop at West End Health & Fitness, held on March 26th, 2017. “See? Here they are on Read more…

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Exposing Yoga Myths Part 3. Podcast with Ariana Rabinovitch

Here’s part 3 of our interview with Ariana. We wrap up our conversation talking about lies of the yoga and fitness industry. Does yoga give you long and lean muscles? HAHAHAHAHAHAHA! The cleansing craze. Rage Against the Machine. Fuck you! I won’t do what you tell me! Please share your thoughts.

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Exposing Yoga Myths Part 2. Podcast with Ariana Rabinovitch

Enjoyed the first interview? Here’s the second in which we continue to discuss cultural (mis)appropriation, making money off of yoga and the Dunning–Kruger effect. Let us know what you think.

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Exposing Yoga Myths Part 1. Podcast with Ariana Rabinovitch

We talk to our friend and colleague, Ariana from Yoga and Beyond about our upcoming ebook, Exposing Yoga Myths. Amidst all the giggling and cursing we discuss the provenance of SMARTer Bodies, cultural misappropriation in the yoga world, infallible gurus, and how we’re not afraid to contextualize yoga in science and physiology. Enjoy!

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Bad Yoga Tip #4 REVISITED – Yoga for Headaches. Our Mistake Rectified..

One of our readers pointed out an error we’ve made when describing a function of the blood brain barrier. We had claimed that the BBB was responsible for controlling the volume of blood surrounding the brain, trying to keep cranial pressure safe. Turns out we were wrong. The comment and original post is listed below. It felt important to repost and share. We are not afraid to admit we are wrong. We are extremely grateful to the people who read and share our posts. We are REALLY grateful to those who contribute comments and keep us on our toes. Thank Read more…

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Bad Yoga #17: Don’t Use Your Glutes in Bridge Pose (Setu Bandha Sarvangasana)

I love treating my group classes like an open forum for discussion of all things yoga, movement…and reality TV. Picture me in a toga leading the class through Socratic dialogue. Recently, in one of these glorious moments of learning a student asked, “When we’re in bridge pose (Setu Bandha Sarvangasana) aren’t we supposed to release the glutes?” I had never heard of this cue, but others definitely had as evidenced by every other student in the class saying that they were also struggling to relax their butt muscles while holding the bridge shape. No, people, you don’t understand. I thought Read more…

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Tips for Cyclists

It’s getting warm! That means we’ll being seeing an increasing number of cyclists on the streets. Keep your tissues happy with this foam rolling and stretch sequence presented by Kim.

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Bad Yoga #16: If I Twist the Wrong Direction the First Time Then I’ll Hurt Myself?

Our dream came true when one of our readers wrote to us with the most fabulous question: I’d like to see if you can answer a question for me. I’m currently working on my 500 hour yoga certification. This past weekend one of the teachers, in talking about twisting postures, insisted that twists must be done to the right then left to follow the path of the intestines. She went so far as to say that you are putting your students digestive health at serious risk to do twists left then right. This just doesn’t seem likely to me. So Read more…

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Bad Yoga #15: Practicing Chaturanga Will Make Your Shoulders Stronger…NOT

We will not be the first, nor hopefully the last, to write about the dangers of trying to do Chaturanga without proper strength training. Our hope is to disabuse the general public of false beliefs. One being that all things “yoga” are a safe way to mindlessly approach movement while under the guidance of an often under-qualified instructor. Chaturanga is one of the most challenging postures in any yoga class. It’s a straight plank with your elbows bent and tucked into your sides. Google it and you’ll see what’s up. The shoulder joint is one of the most complicated and Read more…

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