Category: Yoga Poses

FINDING A MATCH YOGA POSE

Each pose flows into the next without transition. Sometimes the end of one pose matches immediately with the beginning of the subsequent one. Other times a component must be added …

YOGA: LIKE A STRING OF PEARLS

Our spine should move like a string of pearls. This is not in conflict with traditional therapeutic exercise for postural alignment. On the contrary, it involves movement outside of the …

YOGA: WE ARE NOT OUR ADDITIONS

We become aroused to threats in a specific method. When we receive some sort of stimulus, we experience a specific, learned, and conditioned pattern of muscular tension, structural alignment, and …

THE DYSFUNCTION OF MIRRORS

This section of the book addresses an educational dictum shared by all Bikram yoga instructors, as it is a technical requirement in the asana sequence – that we must stare …

BALANCE AND PROPRIOCEPTION

From physical therapy to the hottest glamour gym, fitness enthusiasts everywhere are jumping on the wobbling, jostling, and teetering balance training bandwagon. From a proprioceptive perspective (i.e., from the perspective …

PRASARA YOGA

We do not stretch in isolation for its own sake. We do not stretch in isolation (since isolation is the most virulent myth) to induce permanent deformation of the tissue …

FLEXIBILITY VERSUS ELASTICITY

Flexibility is a measurable range of motion in one specific direction. To increase the flexibility of a tissue, we must apply a force pulling the tissue in an isolated range …

FLOW: THE EIGHTH LIMB OF YOGA

Some experience can be spoken of only through metaphor. This often presents a problem when attempting to transfer knowledge from one culture to another because every culture has its own …