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.
Latissimus Dorsi is this month’s muscle of the month. As usual, we put it into simple terms. What does the name mean? Where does it attach? What actions does it do? Read on to find out.
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.
Frozen shoulder is technically called adhesive capsulitis. The question of whether you should be practicing yoga with a frozen shoulder is not so simple to answer. Where you are in the stages of frozen shoulder matter a great deal! Please, before self-diagnosing, much less trying to do too deal with it, make sure you get a proper diagnosis and a professional opinion.
The subscapularis is the last of the four muscles that make up the rotator cuff group and is the most powerful of the four. We have already covered the other three muscle in this group, the supraspinatus, infraspinatus, and the teres minor in previous posts.
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.
As we continue with the rotator cuff muscles, infraspinatus and teres minor are this month’s muscles of the month. We put them together based on their function, external rotation of the shoulder.
Supraspinatus is this month’s muscle of the month. This simple abductor of the shoulder joint is also the most commonly injured of the four rotator cuff muscles. Check out this simple explanation of the muscle and its function.
Sun Salutations are a vital part of any system of yoga. In this part of the series I will break down the seemingly simple action that brings your arms over your head.
This is a play off an article I wrote for the newsletter back in May. That one was titled Your Shoulders in Downward Facing Dog. There are perhaps as many variations in what we are told to do with our shoulders in upward facing dog and it is sometimes just as confusing for students.