Only have a few minutes? Try these tips and tricks to take your practice to the next level.
Whether you need some extra support during a challenging pose, or you want a prop to help you deepen a pose and open up during your practice, there’s one handy yoga prop that everyone has on hand, which often goes unnoticed…I’m talking of course about…the wall! A simple wall can be a yogi’s best friend, providing support, a balancing tool, or stretching assistance.
Warrior II is a vigorous and energizing pose for the legs, but many practitioners adopt too short a stance to take advantage of the pose’s inherent intensity. Despite its popularity, we often miss out on much of warrior II’s depth and potential. In this video, Wendy will walk you through the proper alignment of Warrior II to maximize it's benefits.
Misaligned vinyasa can lead to shoulder strain and rotator cuff injuries as well as neck pain and low back pain. It can also cause repetitive motion injuries, such as rotator cuff, shoulder and wrist injuries. This quick tip will help you engage, and properly recruit, all the muscles you need to correctly move through your vinyasa without causing injuries.
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!