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Two Tips for Rotator Cuff Strengthening in Yoga

The rotator cuff (RTC) is a well-known group of muscles that are important in stabilizing the shoulder, basically no matter the activity. When it comes to keeping the arm bone centered in the “socket”, these are the guys for the job. The larger the weight or force that an arm lifts, the more important the […]

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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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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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7 Reasons Your Heels Don’t Touch the Floor in Downward Dog

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Have you been practicing yoga for a while, and feel frustrated that you can’t get your heels to the floor in downward facing dog pose? There are a few reasons why heels-to-floor may not be happening for you. First let’s remember that Downward Facing Dog demands a ton of joint motion: approximately 45 degrees of ankle dorsiflexion (top of […]

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6 Tips for Teaching Yoga to Hypermobile Students

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As a physical therapist (or physiotherapist, for those outside of the USA), this is how I most frequently work with patients with Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome (EDS): In addition to skilled hands-on techniques to improve boney alignment and specific muscle fiber recruitment, I prescribe very specific strengthening exercises that stabilize joints, and I teach patients self-myofascial release. An […]

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