In this Question of the Month a student asks: “How much muscular engagement do we need in yoga?” It’s a tricky question. Depending on the style of yoga, they may ask for different amounts. The question goes deeper though…
In this question of the month a student asked why there is such an emphasis on forward bending and stretching the hamstrings in modern yoga. You’ll have to watch the video for my answer.
In this question of the month a student asked about Labral Tears for her existing population of students. Labral tears have been on the rise in the yoga community and there are a few factors we should keep in mind.
I currently have left medial knee pain when attempting full lotus pose so for now I only take things as far as half lotus pose. (Smart). When I lay on my back with knees bent, I am able to bring my right foot to half lotus then slowly bring my left foot into full lotus. I feel no pain in supine full lotus but only a slightly tighter left knee.
Good morning David. Greetings from New Zealand. A little advice please. What do you think of purvottanasana with fingers pointing away from the body? I’ve always been taught fingers pointing towards the body. Look forward to hearing from you.
P.S. The question arises because recently one of my students insisted on doing the yoga posture with fingers pointing away as it was easier for her.
A reader submitted a question asking what those popping sounds are when practicing yoga. Are there different types? What does each type mean? Should I be worried? I answered in this video post.
Since I’ve been here at Purple Valley I’ve been asked a couple of questions regarding anatomy or truly as a result of some little pain that has popped up for someone.
I never advertise that I am here to answer your anatomy questions… unless of course I’m doing an anatomy or yoga workshop. Dare I say, I even hide a little bit when not, this is countered with my desire to help anyone (if I can) that asks.
So, a girl approached me with some pain in the back of her knee, at least that’s how she described it. When probed further, the pain was approximately 2 to 3 inches above the actual joint. In my mind this pretty much ruled out meniscus or ligamentous pain. Upon palpation of the tender area, it turned out to be the tendon of the most lateral hamstring muscle called biceps femoris.