yoga seeds #11 – sitting up straight…

… is actually not sitting up straight at all but, rather, sitting up curvy! Our spine is happiest with its natural curves (towards the front at the lower back -lumbar lordosis-, towards the back at the ribcage -thoracic kyphosis- and towards the front at the neck -cervical lordosis-) and that’s when it’s most efficient in…Read more yoga seeds #11 – sitting up straight…

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yoga seeds #10 – zigzags and spirals

Sometimes we reach a certain point with an asana that feels very clearly like something's clicked, like a change of paradigm. "I got it!" It could be that we've developed strength enough to support the position, or flexibility enough to do a bind, or balance enough to stay there. It could also be that we've…Read more yoga seeds #10 – zigzags and spirals

yoga seeds #9 – the ups and downs of headstand

*Contains more than the usual daily serving of anatomic and physiological references. 100% useable. Does not contain traces of (being) nuts. Inversions in general and headstand (shirshasana) in particular are controversial in the yoga community. On one extreme there are those who say they are the most important poses in yoga. On the other, there…Read more yoga seeds #9 – the ups and downs of headstand

yoga seeds #8 – headstand* and fear

It could be that just setting the head down on the floor for headstand (shirshasana) and seeing everything upside down feels challenging. Breaking down the pose and preparing each of the elements we will need (strong arms, shoulder mobility and stability, forward bend and a strong core to come into the position, balance) can make…Read more yoga seeds #8 – headstand* and fear

yoga seeds #7 – progress

Progress is forward movement towards a destination. So it really depends on what we're oriented towards. As we begin to practise, most of us measure our progress in terms of space (bringing my head lower, stretching my legs straighter). This progress will sooner or later come to a halt, either because of anatomical limitations or…Read more yoga seeds #7 – progress

yoga seeds #6 – shoulderstand and plow pose: giving space to the breath

The breath adapts to the different positions of the body, but if it we feel like we can't breathe, then we need to back off. If shoulderstand (sarvangasana) and plow pose (halasana) feel difficult to breathe in, that's no surprise. As in any inversion, the weight of the abdominal content is resting on the diaphragm,…Read more yoga seeds #6 – shoulderstand and plow pose: giving space to the breath