Actions and Counter-actions for Body Wholeness

When opposite actions in the body embrace in a dynamic, animate conversation, we reside in balance -- and wholeness. Oftentimes, one aspect of our being is over-developed or in excess and a counter-opposing aspect is under-developed or lacking. We each embody a personal collective of these imbalances or fragments in posture, body structure, the prana body and the emotional body.

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Yoga Rant: "back pain" and "tucking:

In general, we can all benefit from exploring pelvis mobility and directionality without banning any particular direction (try Pelvic Rocking, Pelvic Clock, and Balance the Pelvis from my book) — means, let’s relax and play with our pelvis' positions in many directions, feel our tendencies, learn what our default placement is… and then learn what we need to do to help our default position become more balanced. If we tend to be posterior, that would call us to work on certain things. If we tend to be anterior, that would call us to work on certain things. Maybe moving in one direction is way easier than another. That’s informative.

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Yoga Rant: "Opening the Hips"

First, I want to say that I am glad that ideas like "functional movement" and "healthy biomechanics" and "joint stability" are spreading through the yoga world, and I am glad some teachers are really getting into understanding repetitive stress injuries, and into practicing for longevity.

I feel so fortunate to have found Structural Integration, as a yoga teacher (and as a human and as a professional). Structural Integration bodywork and movement re-patterning has been my main profession for the past 10+ years, and although I started teaching yoga first - 15 years ago- yoga became a secondary profession. I have no idea what my yoga teaching or practice would be like had I not found Structural Integration.

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Birth of the Book and a Big Lesson

The gestation period for my book began years before I got pregnant with my human baby (who is 15 months old as I write this).

The Stack Your Bones lessons developed in my Structural Integration studio starting in 2007. I would select and offer whichever teaching seemed relevant to the person standing in front of me. I would pull from the methods I've studied: Dr. Ida Rolf's Structural Integration, Iyengar Yoga, the Feldenkrais Method, the Alexander Technique, Voice Dialogue, and Continuum Movement. Or, I'd invent something new.

The "homework" I created for clients became the signature of my practice. "I heard you give people stuff to do at home." Yes, that's me. And now, I am thrilled to offer that "stuff" to a wider audience.

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