biomechanically updated yoga

There's something missing from my yoga world

There's something missing from my yoga world

Did you see over on instagram that I tidied my yoga corner? And yes, I do sometimes wonder if I'm the only one with a spine, a skeleton, and Buddha sitting side by side.

Which summarises what I am craving when I go to yoga class: I want to feel embodied in movement but also learn something new. It might be a big ask. Maybe I'm fantasising about it more now than usual because I was in a car accident over the weekend.

Events like this do make you stop and think about life and your priorities.

Let’s talk about your (sore) knees

Let’s talk about your (sore) knees

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...

 

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.