Our goal here, at Sequence Wiz, is to help you understand some of the more complex yogic ideas and deepen your yoga practice. All the information we give here is based on traditional approach to yoga AND contemporary understanding of the inner workings of the human body. But all of this information means nothing until you take it, try it and decide for yourself if it makes sense. Please tell us how it goes!
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Yoga for the Body
Are the simple front-to-back, side-to-side neck stretches that effective? Not really. There is a better way.
Does your neck feel better or worse after a yoga class? You might be building tension instead of relieving it if you do any of the these.
Upper body strengthening is a worthy goal, but are you compromising your shoulder safety in the process?
If you look at the structure of the hip joint, it is clear that it was meant to be stable and strong; then how come we have so many incidents of hip pain?
We all know that feeling of tightness in the hips after a long drive or a day at the office. Will it go away after couple of lunges? Not necessarily.
Explore six common misconceptions about hip abductors and adductors and how the imbalance between the two can affect your quality of life.
Who is at risk of a sacroiliac joint injury and how can we minimize it in a yoga class.
A literal pain in the butt can make it difficult to walk, sit and sleep comfortably. Sometimes we unknowingly exacerbate it by stretching the injured are. Is there a better way?
If you’ve experienced some IT band tightness, you probably tried IT band stretching or rolling. Does it work? Not necessarily. Here is why.
Yoga for Energy
As yoga teachers, we talk a lot about the breath. And sometimes we unknowingly misinterpret what our respiratory systems can and cannot do.
My yoga teacher likes to say: “I’ve never seen a lumbar spine come into my office without a liver attached to it. Or a liver come in without an attitude.” When designing practices for ourselves or others we need to consider the WHOLE person.
Here are 6 examples of how breathing affects your health and physiological function, and what yoga practice can do to improve the way you feel.
Do you feel healthy and vital? If not, you might need to work on expanding your life force.
Since we like to talk about using yoga for health and healing, it is essential that we understand the interplay of body’s subtle energies and use this knowledge to create better practices for ourselves and our students.
When you practice yoga, you are trying to do something good for yourself. And sometimes you end up hurting something else in the process.
My teacher, Gary Kraftsow, likes to ask: “Are you for yoga, or is yoga for you?” The answer seems obvious, yet often from the way we practice it appears as if WE are serving yoga, not the other way around.
Stretching the painful area is often ineffective because “It’s the victims who cry out, not the criminals.” Instead we need to address the movement patterns that caused the problem in the first place.
In viniyoga tradition we move in and out of the pose several times before holding it. Here is why.
We hold yoga poses to increase muscle tolerance, redistribute the tension, pump energy into different parts of the system and change the way we move every day.
How to design yoga practices
Empower your students to practice yoga at home – hook their practice to an activity that they are already doing.
Any complex/intricate yoga pose requires specific preparation. As yoga teachers we have the responsibility to both analyze the biomechanics of movement in any difficult posture and try to foresee potential risks that it has for the body.
Want to design a yoga practice for a tight neck? hip? back? Here are some tips on how to do it.
Language is the most powerful tool for a yoga teacher. What we say to our students matters. How do we keep the language simple, clean and concise?
You know how sometimes you feel more detail-oriented and at other times more attuned to the big picture? Turns out your brain hemispheres alternate in their dominance throughout the day.
Learn how to choose and arrange poses for safer and more effective Shoulderstand practice.
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