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That one time I actually asked for help

That one time I actually asked for help

If you've read this blog for a while - or know me in person - you will know that I am notoriously bad at asking for help, and notoriously bad at resting. As a result, I get sick a lot.

This is quite stupid, really.

But entrenched habits take a long time to break, especially if they are born of trauma, as mine are. 

I'm working on it.

What does it matter if I turn my feet in or out?

What does it matter if I turn my feet in or out?

There are all sorts of instructions in yoga about what we 'should' be doing with our feet, how far apart they should be, how they should be oriented.

We are interested in optimum biomechanics so we teach outside edges of your feet (the line between baby toe and heel) parallel. People often ask why this is better. 

I mean, most of us have been standing and walking with our feet turned out all our lives and we are fine, right?

Well, yes. More or less. Except for that nagging knee pain, those bunions, that ache in your hip, those shortened iliotibial bands, that lateral hip weakness...

Yoga for Comfort

Yoga for Comfort

The practice should suit the individual. 

For some of us challenging is great, and for some of us a quieter practice is better. In some parts of our lives, or when we are going through certain life experiences, those needs change again. In fact, our needs - and therefore the appropriate practice for us - change daily. 

Good posture: Back that thing up

Good posture: Back that thing up

A flatter tummy in one simple step? yep. But notice I said SIMPLE step, not easy. Because changing habits - repatterining your nervous system - takes effort and persistence. Back that thing up, you will get a flatter tum tum AND a happier back. Win.