David answers a question about how to avoid overworking the upper trapezius when jumping through and jumping back. He explains why a strong serratus anterior is important for stabilizing the scapulae and shoulders when jumping through and back.
David explains why there is not one right alignment in chaturanga. He explains why some common cues for alignment in chaturanga don’t work for everyone.
David explains when other muscles might contribute to a winged scapula and how you can use sun salutations to strengthen serratus anterior.
Researchers found that some yoga postures show promise for use as a preventative therapy to stabilize the scapula and potentially prevent shoulder dysfunction.
This month, David answers a question about body proportions and the vinyasa transition: jump through/jump back. Is it true that your arms are too short to jump through?
This month’s question asks about winged scapula. What is winged scapula? When should you be concerned about the shoulder blades winging off the back and how do you create a strong shoulder girdle?
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.
I hear so many questions about downward facing dog. Where should your feet and hands be? Where should your shoulders be? Explore downward facing dog and find the right patterns for your body.
So this month’s question comes from Jessica Payne and she asked a very simple question, well, she asked a complex question, but, it’s very simply written. What are the exact muscles you are engaging to do a crow or crane press to handstand?
Now that we have established some hand foundation in Part 4 of this sun salutation series, let me say something really obvious. If you don’t pour all of the weight into your hands before you try to jump back, it’s going to be difficult to get your feet off the floor. It will literally make your legs heavier.
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