This month, David answers a question about forward bending. David discusses why we sometimes like to pull the flesh from the sitting bones in forward bend and whether or not doing that is likely to be related to sit bone pain.
David breaks down two variations on standing forward bend, padagusthasana and pada hastasana. Learn what components allow or restrict access to these postures. Understand what patterns can be established to evolve these poses over time.
Hamstring injuries are prevalent in yoga. In our survey, we found some very interesting relationships between forward bends and hamstring injuries. The data may surprise you!
Should we be rounding our spine when we do forward bends? Well, do you want a traditional answer or an anatomical answer? Should we touch forehead or chin to shin?
An imbalance of tension between the hamstrings on the right and left sides can lead to pelvic imbalances. This can lead to pressure in the SI Joint.
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 part 3 of the Sun Salutation series we look at the forward fold that happens after you raise your arms in the air. Should we bend the knees or not?
Practicing yoga with back pain is one thing. Practicing yoga with a herniated disc is something completely different! Differentiating between the two is a big guessing game for most yoga teachers. It’s difficult because the symptoms of either back pain or herniated disc overlap.
I want to share with you an exercise that I regularly do with students who are dealing with achy hamstrings and/or mild sit bone pain. This could be as a result of an earlier hamstring “tear” or general aggravation due to muscular imbalances.
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