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Monthly archives: July 2017
- Beginner's Mind
- Posted 03 Jul 2017
- Do you ever feel like your practice has become routine? Are you convinced you have figured out exactly how you like to practice (fast/slow, alignment instructions/no instructions, music/no music)? Are you now taking poses for granted that you couldn't do a year or two ago? Do you keep obsessing over the same limitations, the same frustrations in your practice (tight hamstrings, poor balance, weak core, anyone)?
Do you ever ask yourself any of the above questions? Should you?
- Hip alignment for healthier hips and spine, and for increased serenity
- Posted 10 Jul 2017
- Hip alignment can be challenging—perhaps more so than the alignment of any other joint in the body—because of tightness of the ligaments that support the joint, and tightness in the muscles that articulate the hips. While none of our joints are as flexible as they were when we were infants, the hips typically lose a greater percentage of their range of motion over time than any other joint in our bodies. This is because the hip joints are extremely flexible when we are born, but in our daily lives we make use of a very limited part of their original range of motion, and muscles and connective tissue will tighten up naturally to permit no more than the range of motion repeatedly required of them. The reason for this tightening is efficiency, and in order to be able to walk and run efficiently, it is actually advantageous to have hips that don’t permit much more than the range of motion required in walking or running.
- Disengaging inquiry from achievement
- Posted 17 Jul 2017
- Why practice difficult asanas, if the practice of yoga is to be something other than an ego-driven, goal-oriented endeavor? Because in the act of doing something we don't know how to do, we are forced to become more present in the moment, and gain an opportunity to break out of our habitual and unconscious patterns. However, the danger is that this worthwhile undertaking of increasing consciousness through the practice of new and challenging poses deteriorates into simply feeding our ego.
- Align your upper spine for long-term health
- Posted 24 Jul 2017
- As your awareness of your body grows more subtle, you become more mindful of the shape of your spine, and you may notice that your head is not really where you thought it was, namely balancing on top of your spine. An overly rounded upper back combined with a forward head position is not simply an aesthetic issue, and it is no longer something only affecting older people. In fact, these days it is not uncommon to see this postural misalignment—technically called hyperkyphosis/head forward position—in people as young as 25 and younger.
- Do less, feel more
- Posted 31 Jul 2017
- There really isn’t much more to say than the title: Do less, feel more. It’s not about the difficulty or impressiveness of the poses you do, nor about how long you can hold them without hating them or collapsing into a heap of muscle spasms. It’s about how deeply you can get your whole being involved in each moment that you spend in each pose that you do, regardless of whether it is Tadasana or ’Full’ Pigeon Pose.