David summarizes recent research that suggests that yoga practice may reduce chronic, non-specific neck pain for some practitioners, but not others.
This month David answers the question: Should I do setu bandhasana? David explains how other postures prepare the body for setu bandhasana and when you might not want to do it at all.
This month David is highlighting the splenius muscles. They work to extend and rotate the neck. Take a look at where these muscles attach, what actions they do, and how they are used in yoga practice.
This month David is highlighting the scalene muscles. They work to stabilize and move the neck. They also assist as secondary respiratory muscles! Take a look at where these muscle attach, what actions they do, and how they are used in yoga practice.
This month David is highlighting the sternoleidomastoid (SCM) muscles in the neck. These muscles are important for both stabilization and movement of the neck. Take a look at where these muscle attach, what actions they do, and how they are used in yoga practice.
Working with eka pada sirsasana (leg behind head) is the subject of this month’s question of the month. David offers some thoughts on that neck pain you’ve been having.
The trapezius muscle is this month’s muscle of the month. As usual we describe its attachments and its functions in a simple and straightforward manner.
Part 4 of the Sun Salutation Series explores the small but important movement of “looking up” after folding forward. There are a couple of key pieces here to consider for opening the hamstrings and planting the seed of handstands.