Yoga Questions

Why I’m Not Teaching Inversions Workshops Anymore

Posted by on Feb 12, 2014 in Therapeutic Yoga, Yoga Questions | 2 comments

Why I’m Not Teaching Inversions Workshops Anymore

I love inverting. I love the energized feeling I get. I love the sense of accomplishment when I make progress. I love the challenge and sometimes I even appreciate the frustration of working so so hard and still failing. There is no doubt that for me, inversions are a valuable teacher. For the past several years, I have enjoyed helping people challenge them selves and face their fears of going upside down by teaching a workshop called ‘Inversions Demystified’. In this workshop, I break down the different components of inversions into manageable parts and allow people to work at...

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Will Yoga Wreck Your Hips?

Posted by on Nov 9, 2013 in About Yoga, Therapeutic Yoga, Yoga Questions | 0 comments

Will Yoga Wreck Your Hips?

People have been asking me for my response to William Broad’s latest NY Times article on yoga, so here you go: While the article is a bit sensationalistic, it does bring up a very important topic that is the elephant in the room in conversations about the benefits of yoga: the problem of hypermobile people making flexibility the main focus of their exercise regime. Muscles need to be both strong and flexible in order to be healthy. Yoga isn’t inherently just about flexibility, but it does have a flexibility bias. Of course it’s problematic to talk about ‘yoga’...

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Yoga Question: What’s the best time of day to practice?

Posted by on May 9, 2012 in About Yoga, featured, Yoga Lifestyle, Yoga Questions | 2 comments

Yoga Question: What’s the best time of day to practice?

Q: I’ve heard that it’s best to practice yoga in the morning, is this true?  My mornings are so rushed I can’t imagine adding anything else to them, but I want to make sure that I’m getting the most from the time I do spend on my mat. A: One traditional way to practice yoga is during the Amrit Vela or time of ambrosia, just before dawn.  It is thought to be a powerful time for spiritual practice.  And there is something special about waking up early to do your rituals, whether you consider them to be spiritual practice or self-care.  In addition, when you practice...

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Yoga Question: forward folds

Posted by on Jan 2, 2010 in Yoga Poses, Yoga Questions | 0 comments

Yoga Question: forward folds

Q I like doing yoga, and my legs seem to be very flexible. I can touch my toes easily with minimum tension (without bending my knees of course). The only thing is, my back is very rounded in this position, not flat at all. Does this mean I have to work more on stretching the muscles in my lower back – or is it my leg muscles that need to be more flexible? A As with all physical questions, this would be best addressed by a teacher who can see your body.  However there is some information here that can help others, so I will do my best. A completely flat spine in forward bends is not...

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Yoga Question: Posture

Posted by on May 30, 2009 in Yoga Questions | 0 comments

Q: Can you recommend some basic stretches and/or yoga poses to correct posture? My neck leans forward and my shoulders round forward (very badly) from 15 years of working in an office, staring at a computer screen. It has really caused my upper body to round forward badly. A: It is very possible to significantly alter your posture by practicing yoga and you may find that improving your posture also leads to other beneficial side effects such as better sleep, more confidence, and more energy. This is a highly worthwhile undertaking, good for you for starting it. It is going to take more than...

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