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Is it more important to be strong or flexible?

Is it more important to be strong or flexible?

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? 

Your shoulders could be causing wrist pain.

Your shoulders could be causing wrist pain.

If you habitually have your scapulae in any given position, it starts to feel like that is neutral and so you lose the ability to tell where your shoulders really are in space. 

Which means, when doing yoga and bearing weight through your hands and arms, you will tend to line your hands up under where you THINK your shoulderblades are. And that is a cause of wrist pain.

RU A Rib Shearer?

RU A Rib Shearer?

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.

Why we don’t teach headstand or shoulderstand

Why we don’t teach headstand or shoulderstand

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.

Do your heels touch the ground in Down Dog?

Do your heels touch the ground in Down Dog?

And more importantly, SHOULD they?

I get asked this question a lot, and I guess it's because people are so often pictured doing down dog with their heels down.

So, if it's not to get your heels down, what is the goal of down dog?