Releasing muscle tension to improve posture, alignment and movement is significantly more effective at reducing chronic or recurrent back pain than typical prescription treatment. (BMI 2009) Many people advocate strengthening the ‘core mucles’. Whilst this might be helpful, in the sense that any exercise can be, it’s far too general to help people who alreadyContinue reading “Yoga, ‘Core Strength’ and Low Back Pain.”
Stability comes before flexibility: if it’s a beginners class, you should be working on standing poses for the first few weeks to build a strong framework. All this ‘flow’ stuff is for people who don’t have the stamina for (or understanding of) real yoga, yet. Cultivate humility: however much experience you’ve had, you need to listen toContinue reading “Ten #Yoga #Hacks for Beginners.”
Yoga is not about the outward form of a pose, the asana. The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali define “asana” as a position that, “is steady and comfortable”. Patanjali also mentions the ability to sit for extended periods of time as one of the eight limbs of his system. One of the stories Abhijata tells is ofContinue reading “#Yoga for #Mercury Retrograde.”
Settling down to planning yoga classes and workshops for the new term, and after attending the BKS Iyengar Centenary event in December, I hardly know where to start. I feel a bit lost! When I left for India in November, I was physically and mentally very low, but I knew that whatever the teaching was, itContinue reading “Yoga, a life and a death.”
From water bottles to attitude, things that help and hinder your yoga practice.
If you put the phrase ‘yoga leggings’ into a search you’ll see a lot more than you wanted to see. (And a lot of it is not tasteful, especially on Twitter!) As ever, when it comes to what the body needs rather than what the ego wants, BKS Iyengar was a pioneer. He designed andContinue reading “On the perils of a search for #yoga leggings.”