December 16th, 2014
December 9th, 2014
The single biggest flexibility challenge I hear students’ complain about is there hamstrings. Here is how to get those cranky hamstrings to let go!
If you sit at work long hours, drive in the car and most of your physical activity involves some form of walking or running, and you’re of legal age, you have the perfect recipe for tight hamstrings! Add a little stress and you have a trifecta.Stress makes muscles tense—preparing them for fight or flight—whether the stress is a deadline or a difficult yoga pose.If you practice a stressful yoga pose without consciously calming yourself, your muscles—including your hamstrings—will tense up!
Back off and breathe. Make sure the intensity of the stretch on a scale of 1-10 is a level 6 or 7, no more. When you push too far or too fast into a stretch, special nerve sensors in the muscles send signals to the brain telling it to contract the muscle to prevent it from tearing.
Put simply, if you push to hard too fast, you’re just making the job harder.
Direct the stretch into the belly of the hamstring. If you feel pulling or stretching directly behind the knee or near the sitz bones, you’ll want to redirect it. Start by bending the knee(s) a little and then dog-tilt the pelvis. You may not go any further, but I guarantee you’ll feel the stretch in a whole new healthy way!
Enjoying learning these tips?If so, it may be time to consider enrolling in my Yoga Teacher Training Program. In it, you’ll learn mat skill secrets to advance your practice and much more. Our next program starts soon and applications are being accepted now.
Love and brilliance,
December 2nd, 2014
I think it’s fair to say that we all hate conflict. Yet, it’s a part of life we all face at times. Some of us are better at avoiding it than others. When conflict arises—we don’t agree with our spouse or how our boss is treating us—we avoid it.
Sometimes conflict can be about the little things. But what I’m talking about here are the bigger things. Things like when you are really upset, frustrated, hurt or angry. How to handle conflict like a Yogi?
Usually in these situations, the first response is no response. We put up and shut up, as the saying goes. We keep our unhappiness to ourselves, and possibly gossip about the person we’re upset with. Or, we may even chide ourselves for feeling the way we do.But as the conflict arises again and again, the hurt, frustration and anger accumulate inside.What do to?Thankfully the yoga teachings give us clear guidance and tools. In fact, it’s extensive. I’ll share with you a few key tips here.
Don’t ignore yourself! Pay attention when you feel hurt, disappointed, angry, frustrated or annoyed with a person. Don’t just brush it under the carpet. What event triggered the feelings? Write it down. Allow yourself to own your feelings, no judgment. Resisting or denying them doesn’t make them go away. It only makes them grow bigger and stick around.
Do a little self-reflection. Why is the event causing these feelings? Don’t censor. Are you upset because a boundary was crossed? Is there something you need to say or do?Enjoying learning these tips?
If so, it may be time to consider enrolling in my Yoga Teacher Training Program. In it, you’ll learn mat skill secrets to advance your practice and much more. Our next program starts soon and applications are being accepted now.Then hop on over to my blog and let me know how your practice is going!
Love and brilliance,