I was chatting to a friend the other day, and she told me the only thing holding her back from organising yoga at her workplace was the fact that all their meeting rooms had tables & chairs in them, and she just didn’t have the time to move them before class. That was when I realised that most people don’t know about one of the biggest pluses of yoga at work: the teachers get the room ready! It’s part of the deal – we show up early, and move furniture out of the way if needed.
Pretty awesome eh?
Basically, our deal is this: remove every possible obstacle to doing yoga. We bring it to you, at a time that suits the group, and we move furniture!
Also, the classes work out a lot cheaper that regular yoga classes. And sometimes, you can even get workhealth funding.
Anyone need some tables moved?
You know how I was talking about lower cross syndrome causing back pain the other day? Well, the same thing can happen in your upper body, when weak muscles cross with tight ones. It's a real pain in the neck!
There's this thing, it's called Lower Cross Syndrome. Basically, tight muscles in the front of your body (especially those pesky psoas muscles) cross with weak muscles in...back. As in, your butt.
And it is a major culprit of back pain.
A few months ago, one of my students sent me a link to an article about dormant butt syndrome
And we both had a chuckle because I spend LOTS of time talking about how we are all too weak in the behind. And making people do bridges, squats, and lunges to correct that.
But wait, weren't we talking about KNEES? Yes. No buts about it, your dormant butt is the seat of the problem...
As someone who is pretty flexible, I see it as almost a bit of a curse.
can make your joints unstable or “loose” - to the extent that it feels like certain things won’t stay in place (which is where strength comes in).
But then, how strong do we need to be?
Those of us (like, pretty much all of us) who thrust our ribcages forward thinking that's how you 'stand up straight' are articulating just one joint of the many in our spines - often the joint between T11 & T12 - ALL the time.
If you think 'lifting your chest' or 'sticking your chest out' is what standing up straight is, you are misinformed. Pretty much everyone is - that's why we are pretty much ALL rib shearers.
Back in the day, I was taught to teach people to kick up into headstand. So I did. I CRINGE when I think back on that.
I JUST KNEW SO LITTLE ABOUT HOW BODIES WORK.
But then, at the time, very few people in the yoga world knew anything much about modern biomechanics. Thank goodness we are learning!
AS I’VE LEARNED MORE, I’VE BECOME INCREASINGLY WARY OF INVERSIONS. This is why.
Teaching yoga is unexpectedly rewarding work. The rewards are not necessarily raking in the big bucks, which you might have figured out by now, but you can make a living (I have been for most of my adult life) and the REWARDS. This is why I do my job...
When I was young - and I say that from my current 'advanced' age of 40 - I LOVED going to yoga classes where the instructor told us stories from the Bhagavad Gita or other bits of Hindu Mythlology.
I loved the gods and goddesses and their exploits and the morals to the tales.
But as I grew older and did more yoga, I found I didn't want to hear stories in yoga class anymore.
You could say I wasn't so into the spiritual side. Problem? Not really. Here's why.
If you garden, Spring is an excellent time to practice getting into all kinds of squats, which are useful for many, many reasons. They build mobility & stability in your lower body, they help you maintain the musculo-skeletal fitness you need to get up and down off the floor, they help your abs and pelvic floor function well...
It's pretty simple really: you want to alleviate the aches and pains of pregnancy but avoid squishing your baby or straining your abdominal wall any more than it already is, which may exacerbate any tendency you may have towards diastasis recti (the splitting of your rectus abdominus muscles. Not pleasant).