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Fluidity and Fascia (Baltimore, MD)

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Yoga Anatomy Academy Presents: Fluidity and Fascia Fascia is both fluid and form-giving, containing and allowing. It knits together and enrobes the body, and its role is often unrecognized in the practice of yoga asana. Because it also helps organize body sense, it contributes to seamless transitions between poses, gracefulness, balance, and deep interconnectivity with […]

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Posterior Chain Awakening (Baltimore, MD)

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Posterior Chain Awakening AKA Glutes of Glory a firey yoga workshop For too long, yogis have “softened” their backsides. “Softening the glutes” overrides natural muscular engagement, has created an epidemic of weak gluteal muscles in yoga practitioners, and contributed to hip pain and impingement. Clinicians describe “posterior chain weakness” as overdominance of the quadriceps muscles […]

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Way of the Happy Fascia – a Yoga & Self-Myofascial Release Workshop

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Using simply 2 tennis balls, learn to unravel tension from your toes to your ears along myofascial meridians (long fibrous pathways of connective tissue that contract and adhere from habitual movement and posture). Unwind and release muscle trigger points and fascial adhesions to experience profound freedom in your body as well as increased ease in […]

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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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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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Chaturanga Clinic (Washington, DC)

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An essential pose of vinyasa yoga, chaturanga is actually incredibly advanced and complex. Chaturanga dandasana has dubbed a “shoulder shredder” because even slightly sloppy form, over and over, class after class, does an unfortunate number on your tendons and muscles (rotator cuff, pecs and biceps) as well as the shoulder joint itself. Consider this workshop […]

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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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