Today’s Yoga Moment alignment tip comes from Ross Rayburn. Ross did his annual Anusara workshop in Atanta last weekend and it was sensational as always.
“If the legs are passive in forward bends the psoas shortens which agitates the nervous system. In all forward bends push through the four corners of your feet to firm the quads and root your thigh bones to the back of the leg. This action settles and grounds the body and mind. Against your grounded thighs scoop your tailbone to lift your belly and fold into calm and cool depths.”
Today’s Yoga Moment alignment tip comes from none other than the anatomy and therapeutics master, Martin Kirk.
“You can damage your menisci by trying to get into lotus before your hips are open. Stay safe by squaring your ankles and firing your peroneus muscles (Shins In-Thighs Out). If your hips are open enough to rotate out this way with no knee pain, you’re ready.”
I drank the Kool-Aid in 2006 but it was more like divine nectar, an elixir that left my mouth-watering and my body longing. It wasn’t instant by any means, more like a warm heavy meal on a cold day that takes a while to digest. I would never feel alone again though because I learned I was supported by Grace and I knew it to be true. I connected with that energy that was breathing me. I didn’t have to do anything but let it lead me, I didn’t have to muscle through any of the poses, not to say it is not hard work. I only had to participate with the bigger flow.
That is what Anusara means – to flow with this [Read more…]
Triangle is a very fun pose, my absolute favorite basic pose, (did you know that?) but most people do not get to experience it’s tremendous freedom. In my experience of 4000 classes in 10 years, this is the pose that has been mis-instructed more than any other pose. It is also the pose where people feel the most stuck. Do you know if your crank your head up like that, your neck is going to hurt?
Let go of everything you think you know about this pose and try to let your mind and body experience it as new.
1) Get spacious inside, inner body bright and side body long and breathe.
2) make sure you have a wide enough stance, most misalignment in this pose start [Read more…]