Why you can be flexible and still have hip pain

It seems like the universal solution in yoga to hip pain…sciatica…and piriformis syndrome in yoga is pigeon pose – or rolling your glutes with a ball or foam roller. As Dr. Phil would say, “How’s that working for you?” While we don’t want to hate on pigeon or self-massage, because both are relaxing, but it’s…

Why the Semicircle Deserves a Class of its Own

The semicircle on the reformer is my favorite Pilates exercise. I love the way it feels to wind my way through space while undulating my spine with arms overhead.  The feedback from the reformer shoulder rests, carriage, and footbar support me just right, so I can worm my way through space—in a more refined (and…

Tunnel Vision: Guest Post with Trina Altman

Tunnel Vision: There’s so much more going on than what’s in front of your eyes We bipedal humans are oriented to the sagittal plane, focused on what’s in front of us. Our eyes are forward-facing lenses through which we orient ourselves and navigate the world. But what are we missing? Being tech savvy takes a…

Join The De-Rotation Play Station (Watch the video below!)

Daily life has a way of getting us out of whack. No matter how balanced we try to be in our bodies, we’re almost always favoring one side or another. I’m going to tell you about an exercise I began to teach and practice when I noticed huge muscular imbalances during rotation in my own…

Relax Your Back for Better Breathing (Watch the video, see below!)

Try these 3 simple steps to breathe better from Trina Altman, Integrated Yoga Tune Up® Teacher Trainer and international presenter at yoga & fitness conferences. 1. Lie on your back with your knees bent, feet on the floor. Support your head with a pillow or blanket if necessary. Place one hand on your belly and…

Pilates From the Inside Out

I have always been fascinated with the “under layer”. As a child, a favorite activity of mine was to design images on the Light Bright: a black screen covered with small round holes. I loved exploring how the placement of the small component parts changed the entire design. It was a jigsaw puzzle with endless…

Assess Your Down Dog! (Watch the video, see below!)

There is hope however, if your body is not the right “fit” for down dog, but… before we go there, let’s take the test to see if Down Dog is right for you: 1. Stand and hold your right arm out in front of you at shoulder height with your shoulder joint in external rotation…

Deconstruct Your Pose to Put it Back Together Again

Here’s how I apply my deconstruction principle to teaching a pose. Before I teach Vasistasana, I take my students through a step-by-step process that prepares the body-mind for the classical pose. Each gradation can be the final destination if the previous step is not yet fully mastered. Here is the process: 1. Rest in Ardha…

Yoga From The Inside Out

I have always been fascinated with the “under layer”. This fascination later became central to my approach to helping students understand the complex movement patterns and poses found within the Hatha Yoga repertoire. As a child, a favorite activity of mine was to design images on the light bright: a black screen covered with small…