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30 Day Yoga Challenges are Popular, but are They Healthy?

Is there such a thing as too much yoga? Thirty day (or other length) yoga challenges have become a thing in the last 15 years…and therefore a staple of the yoga world every January.  Typically these challenges involve attending a yoga class (virtually or in person) each and every day for 30 days in a […]

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Your Brain on Gratitude Meditation

Gratitude meditation IS yoga, and this is not a platitude. It is proven. The research can visualize and quantify effects parallel to those described in the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali. Today there are 1000+ published studies and papers on gratitude listed on pubmed.gov. Most of these studies were published in the last 5 years. Interestingly, […]

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The Case for a Gratitude Practice (Just not the One that Came to Mind)

It’s the season of gratitude, and this week we are dropping tidbits about the science of gratitude.  It turns out that the neurophysiological effects of gratitude are profound. Inducing a state of gratitude is one of the most powerful, speedy ways to change your heart rate and markers of positive neurotransmitters in your body.  Gratitude […]

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There is no Universal Alignment in Yoga

Thoughts on Alignment, Universal cues, Ableism, fitness and exclusion on the yoga mat. Something I cherish about being a physical therapist* is the opportunity I’ve had to work with patients of all ages (pediatrics to 99 year olds), and in all sorts of conditions (literally from a cardiac transplant ICU to sports medicine settings). Although […]

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Surrounded by Pseudoscience

Pseudoscience is everywhere in the yoga world.  It happens when a natural curiosity about a phenomenon — for example, whether emotions may get “stored” in our hips, or “20 minutes of headstand reverses aging” — becomes passed on as fact. Thus begins viral circulation of a falsehood throughout yogaland. Does that sound harsh? “Falsehood” is, […]

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How Yoga Can Help with Covid-19 Recovery (Including for long-haulers)

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The knowledge of foundational yoga therapy for Covid-19 recovery is vital for studios, teachers, and yoga students. No, returning to your yoga studio won’t bring back your sense of smell after Covid-19…but it could improve lung function, reduce inflammation and safely help physical recovery from Covid-19. Yoga Anatomy Academy is pleased to announce a guest […]

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This is What Anatomy-Informed Yoga Looks Like

There is no such thing as one-size-fits-all yoga. Nor is there one definitive list of qualities that make anatomy-informed yoga. But today we will share what we believe demonstrates respect for the principles of movement and neuroscience (what we like to call “Anatomy-Informed Yoga”) in yoga class. Warning: The list is not short. Modern Postural […]

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Is Yoga Good for Hypermobility (or the Opposite)?

Yoga is complicated for hypermobile people, who often feel tight, but may be unstable. Understand the problem, the paradox, and the solution.

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Announcing Weekly Livestream Classes – Sliding Scale Rates

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We are so thrilled to announce our new* weekly yoga livestream yoga classes. After 5 years of blogging and vlogging about some of the missing components of modern postural yoga, we are now doing our part to fill in the gaps. Current class schedule: Mondays: Core StrengthWednesdays: Mobility, Fascia and FunctionFridays: Hips “Happy” Hour (about building strength) Drop in to a class at a […]

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Strong is the New Stretch

Reimagining bendy poses for strengthening purposes. What is it about stretchiness that is so intoxicating? I recently responded to a question on Instagram: “Are side splits a worthy goal? Or is that kind of range [of motion] unnecessary?” I’m a physical therapist. One of the foundations of physical therapy is functional movement,  movement practices that […]

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