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Body Shapes

Our individual body shapes and sizes influence our movement patterns to a much greater degree than is reflected in current fitness dialogues. In this video Kim explains just how and why.  

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The Low Down on Pelvic Floor Exercises

In the last post, we discussed mula bandha and the importance of having proper tone in the pelvic floor. As mentioned also in the last post, the pelvic floor, or pelvic diaphragm, is a group of muscles that includes the 3 muscles of your levator ani (pubococcygeus, puborectalis, and iliococcygeus.), the coccygeus and the connective tissue that complete the diaphragm. These muscles form somewhat of a sheet with open spaces for the urethra, the vagina and the anus. Sometimes the muscles can interdigitate with some of these other structures, which is perhaps why in some cases stopping the flow of Read more…

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Choosing Depth or Stability in Your Asana

So, you know what looks mad ugly from the front of a yoga class?  A room full individuals struggling to regain their balance after having taken their asanas to a depth that is beyond their manageability. For example:  Let’s say you’re in Parsvottanasana (Intense Side Stretch Pose). As the name connotes, this asana can feel very intense, especially the more you release your head to the front of your leg.  We’ll assume we’re going for the traditional alignment as shown in the picture above.  In case it isn’t obvious, this woman is pretty comfortable in a position that most people Read more…

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3 Reasons Why Your Down Dog Makes You Look Like a Fool in Class

Not that we ever judge people in class… BUT if we WERE to do such a thing (perhaps in the same way all the other type-A competitive students in NYC vinyasa classes are judging you all the time), Adho Mukha Svanasana (downward facing dog) is one of the easiest poses to criticize. Even in a mirrored class, being upside down can really throw off our proprioception. We may THINK that our bodies are doing something that they, in fact, are not even close to doing (ever see someone in a really crooked headstand? Chances are, they think they are completely Read more…

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3 Tips to Get Glorious Glutes from Warrior Two (Virabhadrasana II)

As yoga teachers, we often hear students ask questions about “proper form” in poses. So, we are used to seeing the visible frustration on a student’s face when the answer is that it all depends… There is no one right way to do any particular pose.  Mimicking a particular shape with the body perfectly can be a meaningless endeavor, unless you are looking for compliments concerning your shape-making abilities. When you start to take into account your intention behind the shape and your body type, you may realize that your pose looks nothing like the cookie-cutter image from Yoga Journal. Having Read more…

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Know Your Roll: The Difference Between a Pelvic Roll and a Pelvic Thrust

Sometimes one needs to access fine manipulation of the pelvic bowl.  Why? Options in movement that’s why!  Not enough of a reason?  Ok, what if knowing the difference between and being able to execute a pelvic roll vs. thrust could help with your posture?  Or reduce stress in your low back? Or help your hips function better and make weight bearing more efficient?  Or help you have better SEX?????  Ok, so now that we have your attention check it out. When you perform a pelvic thrust properly one needs to engage the glutes.  This is easy to feel.  Lay on Read more…

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Give Yoga a Break and Do Something Else Already

Yes, we looooove Yoga and its framework for slow, methodical physical exploration is the one we prefer for many physical rehab scenarios.  But… some people seem to  think that once you start doing yoga it’s the ONLY mode of movement to do.  Why?  Well, one reason of many, is the widely-held belief that yoga can take care of all your physical and mental (and for some, emotional) needs.  Yoga is also a seductive alternative for those who may be intimidated by other types of exercise, since it is usually deemed as “safe.” People who take it for this reason falsely Read more…

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Why Does My Leg Still Hurt? I’ve Been Stretching and Doing Lots of Yoga!

You have no idea how many times a yoga student complains, “I think I had an injury in my thigh, and I have been stretching it for months and it still hurts.” Then for some reason, the student is shocked to hear the reply,  “Well then… stop stretching it.” Yoga people: Stretching is not the answer for everything! In fact, we would argue that it is RARELY the answer for anything. “But, I was told to keep stretching it.” So you did that, right? And it didn’t get any better? Time to do something else, perhaps seek the advice of a medical Read more…

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Get to Now Movements Afoot

Readers!  We want you to know about all the cool movement resources that exist out there for you.  Movements Afoot has a particular in with the Pilates crowd as it is known as a “pilates wellness center.” Also, the fact that one of our favorite movement educators, Amy Matthews, is a staff member only ups the coolness factor for us.   Lesley Powell, the founder of Movements Afoot, is also

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How Do You Interpret Pain?

We are often asked by our students (especially now following all of this talk of injury in yoga) how to discern “good” pain from “bad” pain. The first thing is to realize that pain is neither good nor bad, it is simply information. The important thing is how we relate to (listen to) and integrate this information. A chiropractor we know in NYC, Robert Davidowitz, has said, “Pain means: pay attention inside now.”  Pain comes in several varieties and one could literally write volumes on the subject. In this post, we will touch lightly upon distinguishing certain types of pain Read more…

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