Only have a few minutes? Try these tips and tricks to take your practice to the next level.
Did you know you can use a chair to increase spine, hip and shoulder mobility? Check out this 20 minute chair sequence designed by Wendy G. to help strengthen the muscles needed for your yoga practice.
Ready to up your strength game? Join Wendy for a 10 minute yoga class using hand weights. This class is a complete body workout for every muscle group and can be replayed to do a circuit style training doing multiple sets. Turn up some music and have fun! Props: hand weights
Commit to this short sequence daily and you will change your core!
This quick tip gives you a few common poses prescribed to help alleviate pressure from the sciatic nerve. Sciatica can occur in the body for a number of reasons so please check with a medical professional to make sure yoga is an appropriate way for you to medicate the injury. We will go through a few poses to help open the hips, lengthen the psoas and lower back for greater mobility and flexibility through the area most commonly associated with sciatica.
One of the most common questions when first starting out: "How can I relax my shoulders?" The answer lies in this quick tip that will teach you the proper rotation of the arm bone in the shoulder socket so you can ease the muscles that line the head, neck and shoulders. This video will help you to feel at ease in poses such as down dog, warrior two, handstand and chaturanga. Enjoy!
Have you ever walked into a yoga class and found yourself scrambling to find your footing or understand how to place your hands? In this simple quick tip video we will walk you through a basic sun salute so you can place your hands and feet right where they need to be. Nothing calms a busy mind quite like moving efficiently through a vinyasa flow practice.
The psoas can become very tight with long hours of sitting or intense intervals of cardiovascular exercise. Open hip flexors will help you to step through to basic lunges in a power yoga practice. This quick tip will give you some postures to help lengthen the psoas and target the quads. A great clip for those who like to run, hike, bike or walk and are experiencing knee or hip pain as a result. Your hip flexors could be the key to a healthy lower body.
Understanding the natural alignment in your neck is key for preventing detrimental damage to your cervical spine and to your delicate nerves. This simple understanding can save you years of pain or expensive trips to the chiropractor! Also, we discuss using a blanket (or two!) as an option in your shoulder stand to give you some safe support for the neck.
Most of us live with tight hamstrings because we use them all the time for daily functions such as sitting, walking, standing, etc... When a muscle feels tight, it is important not to overstretch it, because it can lead to tearing. Sometimes tearing happens instantly and sometimes it happens over a long period of time. Give your tight hamstrings a break with these simple modifications. Remind yourself that your body's flexibility will adjust and become more limber with time, practice and patience, but in the mean time, be kind to your hamstrings and keep your body safe from injury!
This is a quick guide through of your body, breath, and mind to guide you towards a place of stillness. The more you watch and practice this quick tip, the more you can guide yourself on your own, easily and deeply settling into the experience of meditation.
Wrist pain is very common for yoga practitioners because we ask a lot of our arms to support us in vinyasa, arm balances, and hand stands. Here are a few simple things to think about when your palms are on on the ground to alleviate wrist pain and keep it from forming in the first place!
Headstand is a delicate pose to attempt because of the pressure on the neck. If we allow this pose to stem from our core, and we lift away from the earth, we avoid dumping into the neck and potentially damaging our spine and nerves. PLEASE watch this and learn how to come into headstand safely so that you can practice this beautiful pose for years to come!