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Past Childhood Trauma Affects Our Genetic Patterns

You often hear and we often say, “The body remembers,” “Memories are held even on the cellular level,” or “Experience is lives in and influences the body’s tissues.”  Ok, this can sound like hokey hippy-crap, but it’s true.  Now there’s scientific evidence that specific genetic patterns show up in an individuals who have suffered childhood abuse.  Here’s a link to the article, PTSD research: distinct gene activity patterns from childhood abuse.  Please do read it! Only a quick summary and it’s fascinating.  You will learn valuable information about how our bodies (in one aspect) respond to traumatic experiences and how this information Read more…

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Yoga Practice Suggestions So You Can Stop Hurting Your Neck (Part 2)

To continue our practice suggestions from our last post about how to not destroy your neck while doing yoga… Increase your awareness of how well you are able to execute spinal flexion and spinal extension, especially in different relationships with gravity. So basically, the more awareness you have of your spine the more likely you have a choice over your ability to manipulate it safely and comfortably.  You can then identify which parts you have a finessed control over and what parts you don’t.  In other words, you can identify what parts of the spine are not integrated in the totality Read more…

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Yoga Practice Suggestions So You Can Stop Hurting Your Neck (Part 1)

Last week we put up a post discussing the different ways in which your yoga practice could be making your already stiff or tight-feeling neck worse.  This week we’d like to follow up with suggestions and modifications for you to try in your practice to avoid this extra hurt and even possibly ameliorate your neck issues. Two items of note: 1) Why the HELL didn’t the last post talk about shoulder stand or headstand?! Here’s why.  Those would be the first-thought-of, most-expected asanas to talk about.  The discussion about these postures is pretty obvious (or at least should be) and Read more…

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Is Your Yoga Practice Hurting Your Neck?

Yes, it’s true.  Yoga could be hurting your neck.  Well, no…But the way you are doing yoga could be making your stiff neck worse.  Allow us to explain. In many instances when someone complains about a “stiff” neck or “tight” shoulders muscles in both areas (neck and shoulders) it can feel like one solid rock of tension.  And, we hear, that no matter how much people try to relax that area, “stretch” it or “roll the shoulders down” there is no relief.  Ugh! That is frustrating.  But none of these methods works, because none of them is getting to the Read more…

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Bad Yoga Tip #11: Be Super Careful with Yourself

Always be gentle with your body.  Respect its boundaries.   Don’t push. These are generally good rules to listen to when challenging yourself physically and trying to avoid injury, especially when learning a new activity.  But if one uses this kind of thinking to dictate how she should treat the body in all situations it can actually be counterproductive to health and well being. Stress (of all kinds) can actually be beneficial (and arguably necessary) for the body.  Our entire lives as mobile human beings is to actively engage with the oppressive and compressive forces of gravity and other natural forces. Read more…

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The Pain of Changing Negative Patterns and Experiences

Doing good for yourself hurts.  We’re talking specifically about the discomfort involved with undoing bad habits and changing patterns of behavior for the better.  This kind of pain is familiar to those of us with a conscious movement practice like yoga, pilates or dance.  When the goal is to have focus, be aware of the processes of what’s going on in the body and change “bad” habits for better ones (Note: What is “bad” and what is “good” changes depending on the situation and individual.  That’s another post) one is bound to confront feelings of frustrations and a myriad of Read more…

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Sadie Nardini and Leslie Kaminoff Talk Boosting the Immune

What a refreshing conversation about immune support in this short clip. Now is definitely the season in which everyone wants to stay strong and avoid colds/flu/general ickiness. But it’s also an emotionally and financially stressful (concentrated STRESS) time for many of us. How does that kind of stress challenge the immune system?  Leslie explains to Sadie -and us- that it’s important to know how we handle stress.  Also, can you say, “No!”  Leslie says you’ve gotta say, “no,” in order to say, “yes,” to what’s going on inside of you.  Genius!  Immune support (in this conversation) is about getting smarter Read more…

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What Moves You? Fear or Love?

I (Kim) think we can all agree that “exercise” is healthy (to a certain extent). What we don’t all agree on is why we do, or do not choose to exercise. One of the first questions that I ask my clients is why they want to do yoga. “I want to be healthier.” “I want to lose weight.” “I heard it can help me overcome pain.” “I want to de-stress.” These are all answers that I usually hear, and they all sound like good reasons to start a yoga practice! In the beginning of my career,  I remember asking a Read more…

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Put on Metallica and Do Some Angry Yoga

There’s many reasons people do yoga.  One of the most frequently given reasons is to do it for emotional well being.  We do yoga to feel less stressed, to find inner-strength, to deal with difficult emotions, yada yada yada.  Instert Yoga Journal-crap here.  It’s so interesting that with all this emotion healing  we rarely hear or read about people doing yoga to get good and angry. Allow me (Mel) to explain.  Like most yoga practitioners I like to listen to music while doing yoga.  In fact, the trend for live musicians and dj’s in yoga classes is trending hard in NYC right now. Read more…

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You Might Not Be Strong Enough to Hang Out with These “Old People”

These senior citizens kick serious ass!  They are all over the age of 70 and have hard-core weight lifting practices.  Again just when you think you can’t do something – for any reason – just take a look at these people. Ernestine Shepherd, 75 years old and teaching others how to live better lives. Charles Eugster, 91 years of age didn’t start till he turned 80!  Click here to read his full story. This grandmother,  Wanja Sjödin from Sweden, can do 55 push ups before needing to take a break.  How do you compare?  (Thanks to our friend Brian at Read more…

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