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Balancing the Science & the Mystery in Yoga

Teaching anatomy for yoga practitioners is about much more than relaying the nuts and bolts (muscles and bones). In order to understand anatomy in the context of the vastness of yoga, we must understand how yoga, yoga classes, and yoga teaching influence bodies and fit in to a larger conversation about the intersection of yoga […]

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Skipping Headstand to Go Straight to Handstand?

Handstand before Headstand…is that ok? YogaAnatomyAcademy has been spotted in the March 2018 edition of Women’s Health Magazine!  This was a fun, first experience: picking up a magazine in the airport and finding your own face inside. In the Ask Anything section, we (I) answer this: “I have neck issues, so headstands make me nervous. […]

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More from “Why I Quit – Confessions of an Authentically Fake Yoga Teacher”

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Yoga Teacher Burnout is real, and although today’s post may seem a little off-topic, it isn’t. After all, I run a mentorship program for Yoga Teachers. Questions often come up about the realities of the profession of yoga teaching. Davis Burroughs, author of “Why I Quit – Confessions of an Authentically Fake Yoga Teacher”, struck […]

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Announcing New Online Course with Yoga Journal: Fascia Release for Yoga

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(Discount code below!) Fascia Release for Yoga and Yogis I’ve been loving self-myofascial release (SMFR) for many years now. My “Way of the Happy Fascia” workshops regularly sell out, I assign SMFR to nearly all my patients, and am sometimes “guilty” of spending more time on my mat rolling on balls than doing conventional yoga […]

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Three Anatomy Wisdom Nuggets (Podcast! + FREEBIE)

Three golden nuggets of anatomy wisdom on M.B.Om – Mastering the Business of Yoga Podcast Yoga Anatomy Academy had the great privilege of being featured on yet another podcast (the third in 3 months!), in which we share three of our most audio-friendly nuggets of anatomy wisdom. (If you missed the first two, please check […]

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Knowing Anatomy Totally Changes Your Yoga Teaching (Podcast Alert! + Freebies)

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Talking Yoga Anatomy on Podcasts is Kind of Our Jam. Today is Thanksgiving Day in the United States, a busy travel holiday, with loads of folks driving long distances to connect with family. If you are appreciating a relaxing long weekend or spending time in a moving vehicle, I hope that you’ll enjoy this chat:   […]

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A Wake-Up Call for Your Posterior Chain

A few weeks ago I taught the first iteration of my new workshop, Posterior Chain Awakening. “Posterior Chain” is a favorite term in the personal training world and in physical therapy clinics, but it’s less known in the yoga sphere.   What the hay is a Posterior Chain? “Posterior chain” indicates the muscles (or myofascial network) […]

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Do We Serve the Poses or Do the Poses Serve Us? (Science Yoga Sundays episode)

Julie Tran of Science Yoga Sundays graciously invited me to speak on her program. I chose a topic that has been on my mind a LOT lately — Are we serving the yoga or is the yoga serving us? “We are here to enhance our lives, we are not here to bow down to some […]

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Anatomy-Informed Yoga (Podcast Alert!)

I had the pleasure of talking with Shannon Crow of The Connected Yoga Teacher, and we had a great conversation about Anatomy-Informed Yoga. Anatomy-informed yoga (a term I made up) takes the best of yoga, the best of what we know from Western medicine about how the body works, and merges them to offer foundational […]

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Yoga Anatomy to the People: a Manifesto

In case you haven’t noticed, yoga is undergoing a revolution. This revolution is a natural ricochet from dominant paradigms of physical asana practice that have included: 1) overly prescriptive alignment and/or 2) lack of alignment plus excess repetition, but that 3) in nearly all cases discouraged critical thinking, deviation from your teacher, and incorporating modern […]

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