This month David answers the question, why should we open our hips in yoga and lengthen our hamstrings? David explains why open hips are important for sitting comfortably in the next stage of yoga practice, meditation.
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!
When jumping forward in sun salutations, we are really jumping up and forward. We have to resist gravity with the shoulder girdle and move from our center of gravity to find this movement.
There have been a couple of overlapping issues to the original article on Sit Bone Pain. It just shows that whatever the issue, problem, or pain is… it can be coming from a number of different places. Figuring it out isn’t always so easy. We also naturally try to come to some conclusion about what is going on and sometimes wrongly assume that all, in this case, sit bone pain is created equally.
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?
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