Lowering the risk of injury when performing yoga postures requires that practitioners have an open mind and some common sense. I must admit when I was beginning my practice years ago I had very little common sense or an open mind. The deep seeded need to achieve the next posture led to many injuries and left me thinking, ‘I wish I hadn’t done that,’ and ‘I just wanted to try.’

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We have all had that awful feeling that we just made a mistake. I can remember plenty of times when I first started practicing yoga, enduring an injury and then thinking afterwards, “I really wish I hadn’t done that!” I would like to think that now, as a seasoned yoga practitioner and teacher, I have put those days behind me (although truth be told, from time to time I still fall into the trap).

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Many inquiries have come into the studio on how our yoga works to help in recovery from injury, and that we have an excellent reputation for this at Breathe Into Motion Yoga Studios. Certainly there is a unique approach in how our classes are designed, and this accounts for our success in helping students to overcome injury.

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It seems the ancient sages who practiced yoga thought of everything, even where you look when practicing yoga poses.

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There is a human behavior that lies beneath our conscious awareness producing the effect, ‘same thing, different day.’ In the world of yoga this is known by the Sanskrit term Samskara.

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On the weekend I had the distinct privilege of taking two courses from iconic trainer Karsten Jensen. The courses were on exercise science and were certainly eye-opening.

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In this week’s blog I would like to offer a personal story that I hope will instill a perspective from which yoga practice can flourish.

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I am an advocate for alignment-based yoga and feel strongly about practicing yoga postures within a set of general alignment principles.

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I was re-reading an article that showed up in The Globe & Mail Oct. 10, 2009 on injuries occurring in yoga classes.

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Back in late July and early August 2016 I wrote some blogs on how to protect the spine when forward bending, ‘Extend Before You Bend,’ back bending, ‘Tuck Your Tail,’ and twisting, ‘Preserve Your Curves.’ Each blog offered a protocol of protection for the spine depending on the type of yoga posture practiced and some science to back up my reasoning. In the case of the protocol involving protection of the spine during back bending the phrase ‘tuck your tailbone’ has been met by some controversy.

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When the William Broad book, ‘The Science of Yoga,’ hit the bookstores in 2012 I felt vindicated for the prior two decades of dedication to improved safety standards in yoga class, and many of my students have expressed to me that we are way ahead of the curve when it comes to appropriate standard of care.

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In the late spring of 2012 I was invited to offer a workshop presentation for the Certified Professional Trainers Network Conference in Toronto on BIM Power Yoga for Athletic Performance, along with teaching a certification program developed by Yoga for Athletes expert Caron Shepley called the CPTN Certified Yoga Specialist course.

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On this ‘Family Day’ I wanted to express how important it is to recognize an underlying quality built into yoga practice… yoga is meant to be playful.

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A while back I wrote a blog called, ‘Don’t Worry Be Happy,’ and in this write up I spoke about the power yoga has to help us emotionally through raising levels of a neurotransmitter called gamma-aminobutyric acid; but there are several other benefits that yoga offers us for emotional healing included in this post.

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Karma Yoga can be defined as the yoga of selfless action, and it is this time of giving at Christmas many selfless actions take place. It seems Christian charity and Karma Yoga has much in common.

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Many yoga techniques have the ability to build strength. As a trainer and yoga teacher I’m interested in the strength component to yoga every bit as much as the flexibility component. When I constructed the Breathe Into Motion Yoga System strength building was a top priority.

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Yoga instruction is my profession and it’s obvious if you know me, I believe strongly in its benefits, however, sometimes claims by some yoga teachers are made that are unfounded or overstated. One such false assertion is that yoga in extreme heat will allow practitioners to sweat out toxins.

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