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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The Back Side... Of Your Heart

If I could create a Care Bear Stare from the backside, I would.

Heart opening doesn't always have to be an externalized frontward projection from the chest. Opening the back of the heart and filling the back of the heart with prana has a different vibe. I find that opening the back of the heart in movement (utilizing visualization and breath) generates a space of contemplative, loving, peaceful introversion.

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Stop Pushing Your Shoulders "Down and Back"

Many people think this is the way to "stand properly" and this is misguided. There are some yoga poses that call for this action in the right context, but it isn't a neutral position or one to strive for in daily life.

Let your shoulders lift a little and float, rather than pushing them back or down. Allow the shoulder bones to reside in the center of the shoulder sockets.

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