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A Fresh Start

A Fresh Start

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...

Top 6 Things to Avoid in Prenatal Yoga

Top 6 Things to Avoid in Prenatal Yoga

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).

Mindfulness and the Internet

Mindfulness and the Internet

One of the things I ask our teacher trainees to do - as a kind of experiment on themselves  - is to practice pratyahara (sense withdrawal) by staying entirely off the internet for a day.

Most people have a really hard time with that. Particularly those who are heavy users of social media.

I think if having occasional internet fasts as a form of brain detoxification: limiting my online exposure is a way of preventing too much gunk building up again.

Your feet don't have four corners!

Your feet don't have four corners!

One of the most frustrating instructions I hear in yoga classes is to 'ground through all four corners of your feet'. But look down: not a corner in sight. Understanding how the pathway of weight travels through your feet will help you correct how you stand, walk, do yoga, run, play netball. 

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...