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Balance Is Not Symmetry: Where are Your Organs?

In our last post, we quickly explained what brain processes occur during balance postures. To fitness professionals like us, understanding neuroscience is not only fascinating but also helpful in assisting our clients to overcome challenges with movement including balancing. This information can definitely help boost your yoga practice!  But you should also incorporate another bit of information to bring your practice to the next level:  Organ Placement. Organ Placement is not often included in the dialogue about improving performance in yoga postures. Big Mistake!  It may not seem obvious at first, but for us (and those of us who are Read more…

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Bad Yoga: Being Upside Down Helps Combat Gravity (Part 1)

Ok, so many ways to try and address this.  First let’s just try to get our thoughts organized, so that this doesn’t get out of control.  Here’s what is typically said in many yoga classes, “gravity is harmful to us or at the very least takes it toll on human bodies as we age.”  The follow up to that statement is the postulate that inverted yoga poses can help combat those gravitational forces. No.  no no no no nooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo In case you haven’t heard these statements before, here are the results of a google search using “yoga poses fights gravity”: Read more…

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Leonardo DaVinci and the Brain

We all know that Leonardo da Vinci is a renowned Renaissance artist with incredibly recognizable work: the Mona Lisa, the Vitruvian Man.  But what catches our art-loving eye is his work with anatomy.  Here’s a quick synopsis according to Wikipedia of what his anatomy work entailed: Leonardo’s formal training in the anatomy of the human body began with his apprenticeship to Andrea del Verrocchio, who insisted that all his pupils learn anatomy. As an artist, he quickly became master of topographic anatomy, drawing many studies of muscles, tendonsand other visible anatomical features. He studied the mechanical functions of the skeleton and the muscular forces that are applied to it in Read more…

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Brain Health: More Reasons to Pay Attention

It’s Monday, which can suck, but here’s a great video to provide some fun distraction.  It explains the benefits of a mindfulness practice, giving yourself down time, giving children your full attention and respect, and how the internet measures up to your brain.  Whew!  Who would have known all this could be covered in 10 mins?  Our take away:  Attention is your brain’s most valuable resource. 

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