I remember back in 1982 going to a doctor to find out why I had hurt my lower back in a yoga class that I had attended in university.
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.
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.
The question, ‘How long should you hold a stretch?’ might be the most asked question I have heard in the 35 years I have been involved in yoga.
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.
Meditation can be an abstract subject so in this blog I would like to shed some light on the classical form of yoga meditation found in an ancient text called the Yoga Sutras.
For many years I have been a fitness instructor, coach, personal trainer and a yoga teacher. These experiences have given insight into how people learn physical activities in a wide variety of settings.
Is handstand inherently too dangerous to practice? Should everyone be able to perform handstand or do the risks of handstand outweigh the benefits? Are there skeletal restrictions that could preclude safe participation? Well, the answer can be found in ancient yoga philosophies and the idea of acceptance.
The term Pranayama is known in yoga class as breath control techniques, but its literal translation from ancient Sanskrit language is ‘life-force restraint.’
When people think of yoga most often images of someone practicing yoga postures are what comes to mind.
I hope the story and article in this week’s blog can be helpful in making appropriate choices when practicing inverted yoga postures.
A new set of medical research statistics have recently been published on the efficacy of yoga as it relates to physical therapy for back pain.
With Thanksgiving just around the corner it seems appropriate to stay on message from the previous blog offering.
I’d like to take the time to express my gratitude to you, our wonderful students.
If you can develop an understanding of how the skeletal system and muscular system work together then yoga can be an excellent supplement for injury rehabilitation.
Many yoga styles take a dogmatic approach when it comes to practicing postures.
Many years ago a student gave me a copy of the book ‘Client-Based Exercise Prescription’ by John Griffin.
I regularly receive emails and phone calls from folks who tell me our yoga practice comes highly recommended.
It is said ‘patience is a virtue.’ I can think of no other activity that requires exercising patience more than the practice of yoga.
Twisting yoga postures require some special considerations.
Last week’s blog ‘Extend Before You Bend’ concentrated on spinal extension (or even slight hyperextension) before forward bending, so this week’s blog will concentrate on the protocol before backward bending.
When it comes to forward bending, spinal extension is crucial prior to spinal flexion.
It may be that your impression of yoga has led you to believe it is a set of acrobatic exercises, and this will somehow lead you to enlightenment.
A while back I came up with some cartoon characters to help students recognize some of the signals coming through the nervous system that tell us what not to do when practicing yoga poses.
Last week’s blog was met with quite a bit of approval so I thought I might just elaborate further in this week’s blog.