With 2016 soon coming to a close, let’s take a moment to look back at the ground that we’ve covered. This year we focused on three major topics: axial extension poses, balance and chair yoga; we covered them in depth and featured several yoga practices to illustrate main points. We also discussed best yogic approaches to working with shoulders, knees, wrists and ankles, and published several articles on office yoga. And while this year we focused a lot on the structural benefits of yoga practice, we cannot forget that ultimately yoga is about living a fulfilling and joyful life.
And this is exactly what we will focus on next year. In 2017 we will shift our focus from anatomical details to explore the incredible power that yoga has to transform our lives. We will take a look at what it takes to reside in a place of stability and ease at every level: physical, physiological, mental, emotional and spiritual. It will be quite a ride – and I hope that you will join us!
For now here is a quick overview of our articles from 2016 (in case you missed some 🙂 )
I believe that there is often not enough “why” in yoga classes, which is being compensated for and overshadowed by “how”. That is why we have great fascination with forms of poses at the expense of function. Whatever we do in yoga we need to do for a reason, otherwise why bother? Read more >
Axial extension poses
Research shows that a stooped posture you get into while looking at your phone has a great impact on both your physical and mental state. Try this yoga practice to combat the iHunch.
Try this yoga practice that contains a number of simple standing balancing poses that will help you train both static and dynamic balance.
This chair yoga practice is designed to strengthen your hips and stabilize your sacrum, which is particularly useful after traveling.
Certain yoga poses can be described as “superposes” because they carry incredible “nutritional value” for our bodies. What makes them powerful is their incredible diversity. They are benefit-dense, accessible to most students and offer multiple options. Here is a list of 20 superposes with many useful variations.
Wrists and ankles
The shoulder often ends up on the receiving end of what’s happening elsewhere in the body. This yoga practice will help you liberate your shoulders from the incessant pulling of the surrounding structures.
In this yoga practice we work “around” knee discomfort by working with the muscles around the knee joint – front and back, inside and outside, above and below. It is the balanced healthy relationship between all those areas that keeps our knees happy and strong.
Your hands, wrists and forearms get tight and tense just like the muscles elsewhere in the body. Try this yoga practice to release tension, increase range of motion and make your wrists and forearms stronger and more supple without putting too much stress on them.
We know that yoga changes those who practice it. But what about those who never step foot on the mat? Alison Wesley teaches yoga in corporate environments and observes first hand the impact that the mention of yoga has on folks in an office setting.
What’s the antidote for the racing mind? Is it stillness? Not necessarily. Alison Wesley explores how to use the yogic concept of the gunas to sequence energy management practices.
Hatha Yoga Pradipika states that “the yogi should practice Hatha Yoga in a small room, situated in a solitary place, being 4 cubits square, free from stones, fire, water, disturbances of all kinds…” and so on. But what if you don’t have an ideal space? Can distractions enhance your yoga practice?
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