Asana, Philosophy

Fresh Take Friday: Supta Padangusthasana Part 1

Happy Friday! Today, we're taking a fresh look at Supta Padangusthasana (Reclined Hand-to-Big-Toe Pose). This is a common pose done lying on the back. One leg is extended into the air, usually either with a strap around the foot or holding the big toe in the fingers. This is often thought of as a hamstring… Continue reading Fresh Take Friday: Supta Padangusthasana Part 1

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Fresh Take Friday: Twists

Photo by Cliff Booth on Pexels.com Happy Friday! Today we're taking a fresh look at how we're doing twists. Twisting, or spinal rotation, shows up in a variety of yoga poses - standing, seated, and lying down. Like many yoga poses, we often approach twists with the idea that more is better. To twist more… Continue reading Fresh Take Friday: Twists

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Fresh Take Friday: Can You Feel Your Hip Flexors?

One of the most common requests I get from yoga students is "hip openers". A lot of people report that the hips feel tight, stiff, or limiting - and it can feel really good to get a stretch sensation in this area. But what does it mean to "open" the hips? The hip is a… Continue reading Fresh Take Friday: Can You Feel Your Hip Flexors?

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Fresh Take Friday: Paschimottanasana

Happy Friday. Today we're taking a fresh look at a common seated forward fold. I want to acknowledge Leslie Kaminoff for influencing how I'm thinking about and practicing this pose these days. Pashimottanasana (Intense Stretch of the West Pose) is a seated forward fold usually done with the legs together. It's often done either holding… Continue reading Fresh Take Friday: Paschimottanasana

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Fresh Take Friday: What about the knee?

Take a look at the picture below. How many folks are worried about her front knee? Photo by cottonbro on Pexels.com If you've taken a yoga class before, you've probably heard the cardinal rule: Don't let your knee go past your ankle. When I did teacher training, that's one of the things we were taught… Continue reading Fresh Take Friday: What about the knee?

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Fresh Take Friday: Segmented Spinal Movement

Happy Friday, everyone. I took a little break from the blog this week, but I'm back. Today, let's take a fresh look at how we're moving through the spine. Your spine. It's an engineering marvel. It bears the loads of being upright in gravity. It is responsive to your movements. It protects your spinal cord… Continue reading Fresh Take Friday: Segmented Spinal Movement

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Fresh Take Friday: Stepping Wide

Happy Friday, everyone. Today we're taking a fresh look at what happens when you step your feet wide when preparing for Virabhadrasana 2 (Warrior 2) and similar poses. This builds on the work we did this past Monday on hip abduction in yoga poses. This movement is a great illustration of a principle that transformed… Continue reading Fresh Take Friday: Stepping Wide

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Movement Monday: Hip Abduction and Adduction

When we’re thinking about doing asana, or yoga poses, we are often inclined to think about the shapes our bodies are making, or maybe what muscles are contracting or stretching. If we want to move and feel better, however, it might be helpful to think instead of the bones. If you missed the previous Movement… Continue reading Movement Monday: Hip Abduction and Adduction

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Fresh Take Friday: Stepping Back

Happy Friday! Today we're taking a fresh look at how we step back into standing poses with one leg behind you. I'll mainly be talking about how this works in Virabhadrasana 1 (Warrior 1 Pose), but you can apply the same principle to poses like Virabhadrasana 3 (Warrior 3 Pose), Parsvottanasana (Intense Side Stretch Pose,… Continue reading Fresh Take Friday: Stepping Back