anatomy

5 Reasons Anatomy is Essential for Yoga Teachers

5 Reasons Anatomy is Essential for Yoga Teachers

Like I mentioned last week, it's SO GREAT when I run across people - like Lucy - who believe as I do that yoga is for everybody. It's also great when they can put their belief into practice by modifying the practice for people's needs. It's a skill that comes from knowing how human bodies work, I believe.

What's my tongue got to do with anything?

What's my tongue got to do with anything?

I love you guys so much, you know that? You ask such smart questions. This one came after last week's blog post.

You said to drop your tongue from the roof of your mouth.

I was curious what benefits this had for a muskeloskeltal issues and general tightness? 

I find myself now constantly trying to drop my tongue now but it keeps going back like it's supposed to be a natural position for it.

It’s a very good question - this is my as short as possible answer.

Tight Jaw? You've Probably Got Tight Hips Too.

Tight Jaw? You've Probably Got Tight Hips Too.

Yes, you heard me right. Tight jaw + tight hips.

BECAUSE EVERYTHING’S CONNECTED.

I say that not in any new-age sense but just as a statement of fact. We have all sorts of connective tissues in our bodies, blood being one, but the one that’s most likely to be responsible for the jaw-hip connection is fascia

Are you sitting on your junk?

Are you sitting on your junk?

You know how, in yoga class, we are always talking about neutral pelvis? And about how none of us manage that when we are sitting for long periods of time?

Well, think about it. If you DID sit in neutral pelvis all the time, you'd be sitting on your junk all the time...

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?