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Is Navasana a Core Pose? 

Is Navasana (Boat Pose in yoga) a core pose?

View this post on Instagram A post shared by Yoga Anatomy Academy (@yogaanatomyacademy) As an avid student of yoga since the mid-90s, I have heard many yoga teachers say that boat pose, also known as navasana or paripurna (full) navasana, was a core pose.  This always confused me because, in my own body during navasana, […]

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All the Tea About Tucking the Tailbone

Let’s talk about “tucking the tailbone”.  “Tuck your tailbone” is a cue that has circulated in yoga asana classes since forever. (I can confirm it was used in the 1990s.) The cue is intended to reduce the position of anterior pelvic tilt and / or lumbar lordosis. To put it another way, “tuck the tailbone” means […]

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Free Webinar: Principles of Anatomy-Informed Yoga

This free webinar, covering Principles of Anatomy-Informed Yoga, is an introduction to the foundations of the Yoga Anatomy Academy teaching (all of our course offerings and workshops) AND a Q+A for anyone interested in joining our Online Yoga Anatomy Mentorship. (The next cohort starts in January!). Register for the webinar here: Principles of Anatomy-Informed Yoga […]

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ONLINE WORKSHOP: Lumbar Spine, SI Joints and Pelvis

Registration coming soon!  Lumbar Spine, SI joints and Pelvis: an online workshop with Dr. Ariele Foster, PT, DPT, E-RYT 500, founder of YogaAnatomyAcademy.com This workshop is designed to elevate the anatomic and biomechanical understanding of yoga teachers and practitioners in a practical and functional way. – Learn the bones and joint structure as well as […]

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Why You Cannot Square Your Hips in Warrior I or Warrior II

Older White Female Yoga Teacher in Warrior II

From my earliest days of practicing yoga, I heard teachers instructing “Square your hips” in Warrior I (virabhadrasana I) and Warrior II poses (virabhadrasana II). [Scroll to the video at the bottom of this page to see the essence of this blog post in video format]. I repeated this phrase in my own yoga teaching […]

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FREE LIVESTREAM CLASS: Fascia Release and Fluidity

way of the happy fascia ceus yoga teachers continuing education self myofascial release

To join this one hour free myofascial release and yoga class (sponsored by KiraGrace), bring any or all of the following: – a sturdy water bottle/towel/rubber bands and / or duct tape – tennis balls, tube sock that maybe no longer has a partner, optional duct tape – any myofascial release tools you have (foam […]

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ONLINE WORKSHOP: Lumbar Spine, SI joints and Pelvis

Lumbar Spine, SI joints and Pelvis: a Workshop with Dr. Ariele Foster Part lecture, part practice and part discussion, this workshop is designed to elevate the anatomic and biomechanical understanding of yoga teachers and practitioners in a practical and functional way. Learn the bony structure of the lumbar spine, sacroiliac joints and pelvis. Learn the […]

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