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WORKSHOP: Biomechanics of the Shoulder Girdle (Washington, DC)

yoga shoulder strength handstand anatomy tips

Shoulder strength in yoga: The shoulder girdle is comprised of 6 classical joints, and two pseudo-joints. Because of its complexity, yoga asana instruction often oversimplifies important actions in this region. Since we spend significant time placing weight through the hands and therefore the shoulders in yoga, and it’s wise to be informed. In this workshop, […]

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

Ariele Foster, Podcast, Francesca Cervero, Yoga, Yoga Anatomy

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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Chaturanga Clinic (Washington, DC)

chaturanga dandasana yoga anatomy, alignment, shoulder safety injury

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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The Hidden Pulling Actions in Chaturanga or The Problem is Never the Pose

Amid the growing awareness that yoga asana is not always an infallible and complete physical workout, has been a tendency to dismiss certain poses (for example: wild thing, sleeping pigeon, chaturanga) as culprits of injury. The real culprit In reality, the culprits of injury — no matter the physical pursuit — are excessive repetition of movement […]

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Why Do Teachers Say Don’t Jump Back to Plank?

To Jump Back or Not to Jump Back (to Plank) Jumping back is a exciting and athletic transition in vinyasa yoga. From standing forward fold (uttanasana) at the front of your mat, you have the option to step back to plank then lower to the yoga push-up (chaturanga dandasana) or to jump back. Some teachers or traditions offer the option to jump […]

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