Anatomy

Balance

Posted by on Jan 20, 2015 in Anatomy | 0 comments

Balance

In Yoga Asana, balance poses are an ingenious way of challenging oneself both on a physical and mental level. However, there are many systems involved in balancing if we take a closer look. The ability to balance depends upon sensory, muscular and motor systems as well as the vestibular system of the inner ear. Proprioceptive information which informs the body’s position in space enters visually, through the tiny little levels of the vestibular system, and through skin, joint and muscle receptors. Input from tactile, pressure and vibrational changes are necessary to stand, walk and detect...

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TRANSVERSE ABDOMINUS

Posted by on Nov 19, 2014 in Anatomy | 0 comments

TRANSVERSE ABDOMINUS

The Transvers Abdominis (TVA) is the deepest and in my opinion the most important abdominal muscle. It literally forms a “corset” of support around the spine and internal organs. The TVA attaches to the inside of the lower 6 ribs to the top of the pelvis at the iliac crest and ASIS (or hip points). It wraps around the waist from the thoracolumbar fascia in the back of the body to the linea alba (or midline) in the front of the body forming a “support belt” around the soft belly. The TVA has fibers that interdigitate with the diaphragm (our main breathing muscle) and some of the fibers also...

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Wrist Strengthening Strategies

Posted by on Nov 11, 2014 in Anatomy | 0 comments

Wrist Strengthening Strategies

Wrist pain is a common problem among yogis as we are often weight bearing on the arms. The pain can stem from a variety of reasons so if it is severe, it is important to understand what could be causing it in order to take proper action. If you’ve been taking a lot of classes lately and/or working on arm balances, handstands, planks and chaturangas for instance, the cause is most likely from overuse. Here are some steps you can take to prepare your wrists for bearing the weight of the body with more ease: Strengthen The Tennis Ball Squeeze: squeeze a tennis ball as hard as possible without...

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Shoulder Placement

Posted by on Nov 11, 2014 in Anatomy | 0 comments

Shoulder Placement

Shoulder placement can be very confusing. We hear so many cues: drop your shoulders, pull them back, squeeze them together. When is it appropriate to perform these actions and why? And what the heck does “deepen your armpits” mean? I hope to answer some of these questions for you. The shoulder is the most mobile joint in the body, which means there are many options of where it can be in space. This could explain why it’s so confusing to place the shoulder in the correct position. Understanding how the shoulders should be placed when weight bearing on the arms is extremely important for the...

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THE UNDERAPPRECIATED FEET

Posted by on May 19, 2014 in Anatomy | 0 comments

THE UNDERAPPRECIATED FEET

One of the best things about summer is walking barefoot in the sand. Walking barefoot in natural terrain is very beneficial to the health of the arches of the feet. We normally spend most of our time in shoes that are often too tight or even worse… heels, and walking on hard, flat surfaces which are all a great disservice to the health of our feet. Our underappreciated feet are so important to us: they are our foundation, bear the weight of our entire body, and are the building blocks of our posture (and look how cute your toes are!). Energetically, they are thought to have small chakras, or...

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WHAT IS THE PSOAS?

Posted by on Apr 19, 2014 in Anatomy | 0 comments

WHAT IS THE PSOAS?

You may hear the word psoas tossed around in yoga class, but where it is and what does it do? You have a right and left psoas and it is primarily a hip flexor – which means it folds the hip to bring the knee into the chest. Deep in the center of the body, it attaches the entire length of the lumbar spine to the inner thigh. As it crosses the front of the hip, it merges with another muscle called the iliacus. That is why it is sometimes called iliopsoas. The psoas is important in finding a neutral pelvis. If the psoas is tight, it will pull the lumbar spine forward and increase the lumbar...

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