How does stretching make you more flexible?


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How does stretching make you more flexible? Intuitively, it seems that it must have something to do with your muscles—that they must lengthen or that the tissue must become more pliable over time. Yet, as we’ve seen, the evidence doesn’t bear that out. Stretching makes muscle tissue more pliable in the short term, but those […]

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Do yoga inversions drain lymph?

Do yoga inversions help drain lymph?


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Do yoga inversions help drain lymph? Basically, yes. In the same way that inversions, such as headstand and shoulder stand, help return blood to your heart, turning upside down can assist lymph drainage from your legs. However, it isn’t necessary to invert to keep lymph moving. Your body has other means to accomplish the same […]

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Do yoga inversions reverse the flow of blood?

Do yoga inversions reverse the flow of blood? Although yoga teachers sometimes say this, the answer is no. The blood in your body only flows in one direction. From your heart’s left ventricle, it’s pumped through a network of arteries to the capillary beds that surround the cells of your body. That’s where your cells take […]

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Yoga Therapy for Shoulders

Workshop: Yoga Therapy for Shoulders

Many poses in vinyasa yoga, such as downward facing dog and chaturanga, can put stress on your shoulders if done incorrectly. In this yoga therapy for shoulders workshop, you’ll learn about shoulder impingement, a common cause of shoulder pain. Explore the anatomy of your shoulders and how they move Learn how the two types of […]

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Glutes and hip pain in yoga

The glutes and hip pain in yoga

“Don’t contract your glutes.” I’ve heard this instruction many times from yoga teachers, especially during backbending poses, but it’s always puzzled me. The gluteus maximus – the large muscle of your buttocks — is the prime mover in actions that require hip extension against gravity, such as climbing stairs or standing up from a squat. […]

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Keeping your shoulders healthy in yoga

Workshop: Keeping your shoulders healthy in yoga

Many poses in vinyasa yoga, such as downward facing dog, chaturanga  and handstand, can put stress on your shoulders. Understanding how your shoulders work will help you keep them healthy in your yoga practice, and if you’re a teacher, will help you keep your students safe. Explore the anatomy of your shoulders and how they […]

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Workshop: Yoga therapy for hamstring injury

Hamstring tendon injuries — aka “yoga butt” — are a source of frustration and pain for many yogis. I’ll be teaching a workshop on yoga therapy for hamstring injury at The Shala on Tuesday, April 29. Come to the workshop and you’ll learn about: The anatomy of the hamstrings What causes hamstring injuries and how […]

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