Bow Pose: Where to Breathe in a Backbend

BOW POSEWHERE TO BREATHE 

YOGA ANATOMY • BIOMECHANICS • TECHNIQUE

BOW POSE

The Challenge of breathing in backbends

Ever feel short of breath in a backbend? You aren’t the only one. Where to breathe in a backbend is a popular question, and rightfully so. If you look at the anatomy of it, the front-body (anterior) muscles are all stretched out, and the back-body (posterior) muscles are completely contracted. Without getting too technically specific, whenever we inhale, the muscles that surround the abdomen and chest stretch and expand. In a backbend, or heart opener, these muscles are already stretched to their maximum, so there is little to no room to breathe, especially in the belly/abdominal area. Over time, you can certainly increase the flexibility of your abdominals; however, you will likely also begin to deepen your backbends, which will put you right back in the same predicament of fully stretched belly muscles and no additional room for breath. On the flip side, the back muscles are completely contracted and shortened. All of the vertebrae of your spine are in extension, making it very hard to breathe in the back body with so much contraction.

    back bending online yoga and anatomy

    ANATOMY OF THE HEART

    JUNE 2022 Immersion

    • Technique to expand and deepen your backbends
    • Foundations and preparatory postures to set you up for success
    • Anatomy education to prime the nervous system
    • Themes to cultivate the appropriate mindset for heart opening
    • 12 Classes: 6 focused on anatomy, 6 themed for the heart
    • Unlock a wide range of postures including: Bow Pose, Camel, Full Wheel, King Dancer, King Cobra, King Pigeon, and more
    • Lifetime unlimited access to all
    • Attend livestream OR practice the replays any time that’s convenient for you

    $168.00 $148.00

    MORE INFORMATION

     

    WHERE TO BREATHE IN BACKBENDS (ALSO KNOWN AS HEART OPENERS)

    Through much experience, I have found that the best approach to breathing in heart openers is to focus on expanding the sides of the ribs outward, lifting the heart upward, and allowing the shoulders to rise and fall. In all of my heart-opening immersions, I teach the specifics and guide you step by step on how to shift your breathing from the belly to the thoracic. Belly breathing, often known as diaphragmatic breathing, is excellent, highly efficient, and calming; in heart openers, however, it tends to cause a great deal of discomfort in the low back, and more often than not, it significantly restricts mobility. I do suggest belly breathing between sets of backbends to bring the heart rate back down and to get grounded.

    The easiest way to learn how to breathe into the sides of the ribs and chest is to cinch your belly in and up, which is often referred to as Uddiyana Bandha. Anatomically speaking, I am referring to two main muscle actions.

    1. transversus abdominis: Activate this, known as the corset muscle, by pulling your wasteline inward on all sides of the body.
    2. erector spinae: Lift your ribs and chest upward; don’t try to”knit the ribs,” but allow them to lift.

    Maintaining these two actions, place your hands on your outer ribs. On your inhale, try to push outwards into your hands with your ribs while keeping the belly inward (a little movement will occur—that’s ok) and your middle and upper chest lifting. Doing this will force the intercostal muscles between the ribs to lengthen. That said, you’ll want to be careful and avoid massive inhales when learning this so that you do not overstretch any of these muscles. In the immersion titled Anatomy of the Heart, we go over all of these actions, and I also show these muscles to you so you can visualize how it all works.

    BOW POSE ON A BOLSTER

    Doing Bow Pose on a bolster can be very helpful because it relieves much effort in the back muscles, allowing you to focus on the various aspects of the posture without being overwhelmed. The key points are the following:

    • Pull your belly inward and lengthen it before placing your low ribs/upper belly on the bolster. This will keep you from getting stuck on the mat when you start to lift.
    • Adjust your shoulders by lifting them up first, then retracting them (pulling your shoulder blades toward each other).
    • Follow the movement of your breath. On inhales, kick your feet back and up to rise; on exhales, soften and relax some of your effort.
    • IMPORTANT: Try to keep the middle of your spine moving forward — press your middle back toward the bolster, especially when you kick your feet back. Otherwise you will feel spinal compression or discomfort.
    back bending online yoga and anatomy

    ANATOMY OF THE HEART

    JUNE 2022 Immersion

    • Technique to expand and deepen your backbends
    • Foundations and preparatory postures to set you up for success
    • Anatomy education to prime the nervous system
    • Themes to cultivate the appropriate mindset for heart opening
    • 12 Classes: 6 focused on anatomy, 6 themed for the heart
    • Unlock a wide range of postures including: Bow Pose, Camel, Full Wheel, King Dancer, King Cobra, King Pigeon, and more
    • Lifetime unlimited access to all
    • Attend livestream OR practice the replays any time that’s convenient for you

    $168.00 $148.00

    MORE INFORMATION

     

    BREATHING IN OTHER BACKBENDS

    While Bow Pose might be more challenging due to the fact that the belly is on the ground, it can be a great posture to work with because you dont have to worry about balance or the host of other challenges presented by something like Full Wheel. That said, I recommend this same type of breathing in all heart openers. There is both a learning curve involved in this type of breathing and repetition that is required until your muscles (transversus abdominis, intercostals, erector spinae) develop the necessary strength, endurance, and flexibility for this approach to yield the best results.

    In the Anatomy of the Heart immersion, you will learn breathing exercises and postural drills that will strengthen these muscles and help you become proficient in this breathing technique. Additionally, we will be working on the HEART of heart openers—the emotional correlation and mindset that helps release unnecessary tension and provides you with the freedom and ease that is possible in these postures. Lastly, you will learn energy management in order to upregulate or downregulate your nervous system. This means you will be able to relax or calm your system down if you become too lifted, light-headed, nervous, or anxious, or you can ramp your energy up if you are feeling lethargic, unmotivated, or not attentive enough for heart openers.

    See you on the mat!

    The 200 Hr. Teacher Training: Click Here to See The Next Start Date

    The 300 Hr. Advanced Teacher Training: Click Here to See The Next Start Date

    Article by Matt Giordano

    Video Extracted From: Anatomy in Motion

    Continue Learning

    Bow Pose: Where to Breathe in a Backbend

    Bow Pose: Where to Breathe in a Backbend

    BOW POSE—WHERE TO BREATHE  YOGA ANATOMY • BIOMECHANICS • TECHNIQUEBOW POSEThe Challenge of breathing in backbendsEver feel short of breath in a backbend? You aren't the only one. Where to breathe in a backbend is a popular question, and rightfully so. If you look at...

    read more
    side plank variations

    side plank variations

    Side Plank Variations VASHISTASANA • MODIFICATIONS • TUTORIALSIDE PLANKExtended Side plank variations  [Click Below to listen to the Audio Version of "Extended Side Plank"]There are definitely more ways than one to access a yoga posture. Not only that, but Matt is...

    read more
    King Cobra Pose Tutorial

    King Cobra Pose Tutorial

    KING COBRA POSE  YOGA ANATOMY • BIOMECHANICS • TECHNIQUEKING COBRA5 Key Actions to Decompress Your Spine in King Cobra PoseNot all that glitters is gold, and without the right approach, this glorious backbend may not be a shining example of spinal health. King Cobra...

    read more
    Wild Thing Shoulder Alignment

    Wild Thing Shoulder Alignment

    WILD THING SHOULDER ALIGNMENT ANATOMY • BIOMECHANICS • TECHNIQUEShoulder AlignmentWILD THING SHOULDER ALIGNMENTWhat is the correct shoulder alignment for the pose we call Wild Thing? To answer this, we would first have to define the guidelines for "right" and "wrong."...

    read more
    hyperextension of the knee in pyramid pose

    hyperextension of the knee in pyramid pose

    KNEE HYPEREXTENSION HOW TO SOLVE HYPERMOBILITY IN PYRAMID POSEKNEE HYPEREXTENSIONKNEE HYPEREXTENSION: PROTECT YOUR KNEES IN PARSVOTTANASANA, PYRAMID POSEWhen it comes to our asana practice, more often than not, the subject of our knees is a hot topic. Typically, we’re...

    read more
    deeper twists and spinal mobility with the fire line

    deeper twists and spinal mobility with the fire line

    DEEPER TWISTS INCREASE SPINAL MOBILITY WITH THE FIRE LINEDEEPER TWISTSDEEPER TWISTS & SPINAL MOBILITY: "FIRE LINE"Do you correlate strength with twisting postures in your yoga practice, or is it flexibility that comes to mind first?  There’s no doubt that both...

    read more

    THE FREE TECHNIQUE PACK

    When You Subscribe You Will Get Instant Access To

    • The Technique Pack: 15 Yoga Pose Breakdowns
    • Exclusive Online Course Discounts
    • Exclusive Blogs and Videos
    • This field is for validation purposes and should be left unchanged.

    side plank variations

    Side Plank Variations

    VASHISTASANA • MODIFICATIONS • TUTORIAL

    SIDE PLANK

    Extended Side plank variations

     [Click Below to listen to the Audio Version of “Extended Side Plank”]

    There are definitely more ways than one to access a yoga posture. Not only that, but Matt is explicit about technique in order to unlock access. In an all-encompassing pose like Extended Side Plank—Vashistasana—there is a lot going on all at once. There are so many things that need to be digested when breaking it down. Even though this posture may be a physically challenging one, Matt breaks down how you can approach it both physically and intellectually. He shows you specifically what muscles to activate and what parts of the body to articulate. Extended Side Angle is one of those postures that recruits and demands so much of your effort and attention.   

    When exploring the various entry points and different ways to execute the posture, it’s important to pay attention to the specifics of each variation. Matt outlines 2 variations in today’s tutorial. You’ll explore Extended Side Plank by utilizing a wall and another variation with a strap.

    Within these explorations, you’ll see just how much body awareness is involved and how connected you need to be to your anatomy. Much more than just knowing your muscles and bones, it’s about understanding how to move and articulate each part of your body.

      12 Online Yoga classes to Learn Anatomy

      ANATOMY IN MOTION

      APRIL 2022 Immersion

      • Embody anatomy
      • Learn key muscles, bones, and joints
      • Visualize your movements internally
      • Improve proprioception
      • Sensation-based practices
      • Unlock and strengthen major muscle groups
      • Active, passive, and isometric stretching
      • Improve mobility and stability
      • Get VERY geeky

      $168.00

       

      The Actions for Extended Side Plank, Variation at the Wall

      As always, it’s imperative to start your awareness from the ground up.

      Step 1 – Matt explains that the gripping of your hand into the mat activates the flexors of your wrist. This is important because now you are utilizing technique to activate strength and set a solid base for the posture.

      Step 2 – Next, we have spinal extension as a result of the shoulder blade moving into the spine. Matt emphasizes how necessary these actions are so that the rest of the posture can actually be expressed.

      Step 3 – This step is really connected to Step 2, as it’s important to take the steps of lifting your shoulder up, back, and around. We also see this in Matt’s Shoulder Alignment Tutorial for Wild Thing.

      Step 4 – Move your pelvis and weight in towards the wall.

      Step 5 – You can then bend your knee and bring your foot onto the wall.

      Step 6 – This step can take you to another level.
      Grab your knee and pull it in as tightly towards the chest as possible. If this is the final step in the journey at this time for you, Matt explains that the only thing missing is the extension of the leg, removing the quadricep engagement.

      How does this differ from the next variation?

      The Actions for Extended Side Plank, Variation with a Strap

      This one might actually be a bit more challenging, as the actions for entry are slightly different. You’ll see how Matt turns his body open before actually going into the backbend.

      Step 1 – Strap goes around your foot. 

      Step 2 – Come into Side Plank with kickstand.

      Step 3 – Lift your hips up and pull your knee into your chest as you turn 

      *Here he highlights the difference between the experience of this variation and of choosing to kick your leg out first and then kicking it upwards, which may make the hips feel too heavy.

      Step 4 – Once you have completed Step 3, the turn is done with a bent knee, with an option to now extend your leg fully.

      This order of entry may be far more accessible.

      Matt describes Extended Side Plank as the “full spectrum of body awareness.” This is evident from the actions that are taken in these variations.  

      Anatomy and actions involved:

      • strengthening of the wrists
      • rotator cuff muscles engaged due to the external rotation of the upper arm bone
      • depression and retraction of the scapula to mobilize the spine (bowing of the spine)
      • eversion of the ankle 
      • gluteus muscles engaged to press the feet down and get the hips lifted
      • extension of the knee joint to activate quadriceps

      There is the evidence of just how much focus, attention, and awareness is involved.

      Learn how to MASTER actions and awareness like this, not to mention the sharpening of your knowledge with anatomy, in Matt’s current immersion:

      Anatomy In Motion

      See you on the mat!

      Yoga For Flexibility and Mobility

      Mobility IMMERSION

      March 2022 Immersion

      • Key techniques to increase flexibility
      • Strength development for mobility and range of motion
      • Learn postures: Hanumanasana (splits), Extended Side Plank
      • Active and passive mobility for shoulders, hips, and spine
      • Improve spinal twists, heart openers, shoulder openers, hip openers
      • Find greater ease in seated postures
      • Improve mobility and posture off the mat
      • When and how to do active, passive, and isometric stretching

      $148.00

       

      12 Online Yoga classes to Learn Anatomy

      ANATOMY IN MOTION

      APRIL 2022 Immersion

      • Embody anatomy
      • Learn key muscles, bones, and joints
      • Visualize your movements internally
      • Improve proprioception
      • Sensation-based practices
      • Unlock and strengthen major muscle groups
      • Active, passive, and isometric stretching
      • Improve mobility and stability
      • Get VERY geeky

      $168.00

       

      Continue Learning

      Bow Pose: Where to Breathe in a Backbend

      Bow Pose: Where to Breathe in a Backbend

      BOW POSE—WHERE TO BREATHE  YOGA ANATOMY • BIOMECHANICS • TECHNIQUEBOW POSEThe Challenge of breathing in backbendsEver feel short of breath in a backbend? You aren't the only one. Where to breathe in a backbend is a popular question, and rightfully so. If you look at...

      read more
      side plank variations

      side plank variations

      Side Plank Variations VASHISTASANA • MODIFICATIONS • TUTORIALSIDE PLANKExtended Side plank variations  [Click Below to listen to the Audio Version of "Extended Side Plank"]There are definitely more ways than one to access a yoga posture. Not only that, but Matt is...

      read more
      King Cobra Pose Tutorial

      King Cobra Pose Tutorial

      KING COBRA POSE  YOGA ANATOMY • BIOMECHANICS • TECHNIQUEKING COBRA5 Key Actions to Decompress Your Spine in King Cobra PoseNot all that glitters is gold, and without the right approach, this glorious backbend may not be a shining example of spinal health. King Cobra...

      read more
      Wild Thing Shoulder Alignment

      Wild Thing Shoulder Alignment

      WILD THING SHOULDER ALIGNMENT ANATOMY • BIOMECHANICS • TECHNIQUEShoulder AlignmentWILD THING SHOULDER ALIGNMENTWhat is the correct shoulder alignment for the pose we call Wild Thing? To answer this, we would first have to define the guidelines for "right" and "wrong."...

      read more
      hyperextension of the knee in pyramid pose

      hyperextension of the knee in pyramid pose

      KNEE HYPEREXTENSION HOW TO SOLVE HYPERMOBILITY IN PYRAMID POSEKNEE HYPEREXTENSIONKNEE HYPEREXTENSION: PROTECT YOUR KNEES IN PARSVOTTANASANA, PYRAMID POSEWhen it comes to our asana practice, more often than not, the subject of our knees is a hot topic. Typically, we’re...

      read more
      deeper twists and spinal mobility with the fire line

      deeper twists and spinal mobility with the fire line

      DEEPER TWISTS INCREASE SPINAL MOBILITY WITH THE FIRE LINEDEEPER TWISTSDEEPER TWISTS & SPINAL MOBILITY: "FIRE LINE"Do you correlate strength with twisting postures in your yoga practice, or is it flexibility that comes to mind first?  There’s no doubt that both...

      read more

      THE FREE TECHNIQUE PACK

      When You Subscribe You Will Get Instant Access To

      • The Technique Pack: 15 Yoga Pose Breakdowns
      • Exclusive Online Course Discounts
      • Exclusive Blogs and Videos
      • This field is for validation purposes and should be left unchanged.

      King Cobra Pose Tutorial

      KING COBRA POSE 

      YOGA ANATOMY • BIOMECHANICS • TECHNIQUE

      KING COBRA

      5 Key Actions to Decompress Your Spine in King Cobra Pose

      Not all that glitters is gold, and without the right approach, this glorious backbend may not be a shining example of spinal health.

      King Cobra is no doubt a visually stunning yoga posture. When we see the outward execution of the pose, we see strength and confidence, and the pose may even appear to express maximum spinal mobility. It’s important, however, to understand that there are key actions to take in order for all of these things to be true.

      In this King Cobra tutorial, Matt provides a step-by-step process of these actions in order to emphasize the process and the development of the body to prepare for the posture, rather than emphasizing the “achievement” of the pose purely for the aesthetics.

        12 Online Yoga classes to Learn Anatomy

        ANATOMY IN MOTION

        APRIL 2022 Immersion

        • Embody anatomy
        • Learn key muscles, bones, and joints
        • Visualize your movements internally
        • Improve proprioception
        • Sensation-based practices
        • Unlock and strengthen major muscle groups
        • Active, passive, and isometric stretching
        • Improve mobility and stability
        • Get VERY geeky

        $168.00

         

        ANATOMY

        The awareness of your anatomy is vital for you to understand each step. Understanding your anatomy helps you more clearly and intentionally connect with the sensations in your body, therefore cultivating a more direct line of communication from your brain to your body and from your body to your brain. The development of these signals will promote a more sophisticated body awareness that will help you activate the appropriate muscles (without overdoing it) and know exactly what directions not only to take but also to maintain in a particular part of your body as you layer on each action.

        5 KEY ACTIONS FOR KING COBRA POSE

        You might think that it’s all about your spine and how flexible and/or mobile it is. How we involve our entire body is key, and Matt provides the roadmap with the following 5 key actions to set up King Cobra.

          1. Bring the chest forward. In the first few attempts, it may feel as though not much is happening, but this is where the mind-body connection is developed.
          2. The second action, which may be overlooked, is pressing back through your heels while the feet are in dorsiflexion (this is also important later). Press your heels away from the direction of the chest. What does this do, and why is it important? This is the first step in both the awareness and the action of decompressing the spine. Creating this length is crucial as Matt guides us through the next steps:
            *But let’s pause for a moment and check in with your abdominals–if you are engaging too much here, then this will reduce the amount of expansion in your extension for your backbend, so leaning into a stretch sensation in your front body is helpful.
          3. Next on board are your hamstrings–once you bend your knees, you’ll be firing up and activating your hamstrings. This is how the dorsiflexion of your feet can be a great action to take as you build a relationship with how much and/or how little your hamstrings do activate. In the video, Matt explains that pointing the feet (plantar flexion) may cramp your hamstrings because you are shortening the posterior chain too much. He also notes that once your body has enough mobility to point your feet, there is absolutely nothing wrong with doing it.
          4. In this step, we understand why the layering is important. As the knees are bent and you’re potentially trying to get your feet closer to your head, Matt again emphasizes pulling your spine forward. Your body may feel the need to compress here and shorten. You might feel the desire to actually send your chest and head back to “achieve the desired result.” It’s most important here to come back to the development and preparation for the spine.
          5. This step really goes hand in hand with #4, but pulling your belly up not only makes a significant impact on the experience within you body but also actually brings your head back slightly. (You can see the visual change when Matt layers on this action in the video.) This action is initiated by engaging the deep core muscle called transverse abdominis.
        Yoga For Flexibility and Mobility

        Mobility IMMERSION

        March 2022 Immersion

        • Key techniques to increase flexibility
        • Strength development for mobility and range of motion
        • Learn postures: Hanumanasana (splits), Extended Side Plank
        • Active and passive mobility for shoulders, hips, and spine
        • Improve spinal twists, heart openers, shoulder openers, hip openers
        • Find greater ease in seated postures
        • Improve mobility and posture off the mat
        • When and how to do active, passive, and isometric stretching

        $148.00

         

        TRANSITIONING FROM THE GROUND TO WILD THING

        After all of this, it is now your time to bask in the shine of this delightful backbend. Now there is the expansion, the extension, the confidence that you are safe in this posture, and most importantly, the desired health of your spine in this pose.

        If King Cobra is not quite on the menu yet, click here to build the foundation with Matt’s 3-Part Cobra. Keep in mind that you will also explore 3-Part Cobra in Matt’s next immersion, Anatomy in Motion.

        See you on the mat!

        The 200 Hr. Teacher Training: Click Here to See The Next Start Date

        The 300 Hr. Advanced Teacher Training: Click Here to See The Next Start Date

        Article by Trish Curling

        Video Extracted From: Mobility Immersion

        12 Online Yoga classes to Learn Anatomy

        ANATOMY IN MOTION

        APRIL 2022 Immersion

        • Embody anatomy
        • Learn key muscles, bones, and joints
        • Visualize your movements internally
        • Improve proprioception
        • Sensation-based practices
        • Unlock and strengthen major muscle groups
        • Active, passive, and isometric stretching
        • Improve mobility and stability
        • Get VERY geeky

        $168.00

         

        Continue Learning

        Bow Pose: Where to Breathe in a Backbend

        Bow Pose: Where to Breathe in a Backbend

        BOW POSE—WHERE TO BREATHE  YOGA ANATOMY • BIOMECHANICS • TECHNIQUEBOW POSEThe Challenge of breathing in backbendsEver feel short of breath in a backbend? You aren't the only one. Where to breathe in a backbend is a popular question, and rightfully so. If you look at...

        read more
        side plank variations

        side plank variations

        Side Plank Variations VASHISTASANA • MODIFICATIONS • TUTORIALSIDE PLANKExtended Side plank variations  [Click Below to listen to the Audio Version of "Extended Side Plank"]There are definitely more ways than one to access a yoga posture. Not only that, but Matt is...

        read more
        King Cobra Pose Tutorial

        King Cobra Pose Tutorial

        KING COBRA POSE  YOGA ANATOMY • BIOMECHANICS • TECHNIQUEKING COBRA5 Key Actions to Decompress Your Spine in King Cobra PoseNot all that glitters is gold, and without the right approach, this glorious backbend may not be a shining example of spinal health. King Cobra...

        read more
        Wild Thing Shoulder Alignment

        Wild Thing Shoulder Alignment

        WILD THING SHOULDER ALIGNMENT ANATOMY • BIOMECHANICS • TECHNIQUEShoulder AlignmentWILD THING SHOULDER ALIGNMENTWhat is the correct shoulder alignment for the pose we call Wild Thing? To answer this, we would first have to define the guidelines for "right" and "wrong."...

        read more
        hyperextension of the knee in pyramid pose

        hyperextension of the knee in pyramid pose

        KNEE HYPEREXTENSION HOW TO SOLVE HYPERMOBILITY IN PYRAMID POSEKNEE HYPEREXTENSIONKNEE HYPEREXTENSION: PROTECT YOUR KNEES IN PARSVOTTANASANA, PYRAMID POSEWhen it comes to our asana practice, more often than not, the subject of our knees is a hot topic. Typically, we’re...

        read more
        deeper twists and spinal mobility with the fire line

        deeper twists and spinal mobility with the fire line

        DEEPER TWISTS INCREASE SPINAL MOBILITY WITH THE FIRE LINEDEEPER TWISTSDEEPER TWISTS & SPINAL MOBILITY: "FIRE LINE"Do you correlate strength with twisting postures in your yoga practice, or is it flexibility that comes to mind first?  There’s no doubt that both...

        read more

        THE FREE TECHNIQUE PACK

        When You Subscribe You Will Get Instant Access To

        • The Technique Pack: 15 Yoga Pose Breakdowns
        • Exclusive Online Course Discounts
        • Exclusive Blogs and Videos
        • This field is for validation purposes and should be left unchanged.

        Wild Thing Shoulder Alignment

        WILD THING SHOULDER ALIGNMENT

        ANATOMY • BIOMECHANICS • TECHNIQUE

        Shoulder Alignment

        WILD THING SHOULDER ALIGNMENT

        What is the correct shoulder alignment for the pose we call Wild Thing? To answer this, we would first have to define the guidelines for “right” and “wrong.” The fact is there are many ways you can align the shoulder, and you will be able to find at least one yoga teacher who would validate each alignment as “correct.” We need context and agreed objectives.

        For this discussion, the objective is to access greater mobility by utilizing the strength of the rhomboids. Our context for what is correct is based on two questions:

        1. What will provide us with the greatest access to the pose we call Wild Thing?
        2. How can we minimize the risk of injury in our pursuits of the posture?

        12 Online Yoga classes to Learn Anatomy

        ANATOMY IN MOTION

        APRIL 2022 Immersion

        • Embody anatomy
        • Learn key muscles, bones, and joints
        • Visualize your movements internally
        • Improve proprioception
        • Sensation-based practices
        • Unlock and strengthen major muscle groups
        • Active, passive, and isometric stretching
        • Improve mobility and stability
        • Get VERY geeky

        $168.00

         

        THE BIOMECHANICS 

        In the video below, you will notice two key points. First is the rotation of the arm bone (external), which pairs with retraction of the shoulder blade. Second, you will see that in Wild Thing, my shoulder is NOT stacked directly above the wrist.

        There are two reasons we focus on external rotation. First, it helps stabilize the arm bone in the shoulder socket (glenohumeral joint), which tends to be challenging for most people — it’s safe to say that most humans are chronically internally rotated at the shoulder. The second reason is that external rotation in this position helps to retract and depress the shoulder blade. As a result of these actions, you will feel your spine move into a backbend so long as you don’t do anything to counteract the movement.

        Wild Thing shoulder alignment is not just about the shoulder; it also helps to prepare your spine for the deep backbend that Wild Thing requires.

        The Risk: If you skip these steps, you will likely wind up with pressure, strain, or pain at the front of the shoulder joint. Additionally, your posture will feel more like a 3-Legged Tabletop than an expansive heart opener.

        THE 3 ACTIONS TO ACHIEVE THIS “WILD THING SHOULDER ALIGNMENT”

        Essentially, the objective is to get the shoulder back behind you. The primary muscles that will do that are called the rhomboids. The muscles that restrict this movement are called the pectorals. Action 1 helps to unlock the pectorals. The following 3 actions should be done PRIOR to rising up, not after. Additionally, do not stack your shoulder over the wrist.

        THE ACTIONS

        Action 1: Shoulder elevation

        Relax and allow the shoulder to rise up toward your ear. This will turn off your pectoralis major and minor, which will provide greater mobility when you attempt to do Actions 2 and 3.

        Action 2: Retract your shoulder blade

        With the shoulder up toward the ear, pull your shoulder blade toward your spine, this will move the head of the arm bone back, lengthening your chest muscles.

        Action 3: Rotate the arm externally

        Rotate the arm bone outward until you feel your rib cage press forward and your spine move into a back bend. This step will also bring the shoulder blade back down your back (away from the ears). 

        wild thing shoulder alignment
        Yoga For Flexibility and Mobility

        Mobility IMMERSION

        March 2022 Immersion

        • Key techniques to increase flexibility
        • Strength development for mobility and range of motion
        • Learn postures: Hanumanasana (splits), Extended Side Plank
        • Active and passive mobility for shoulders, hips, and spine
        • Improve spinal twists, heart openers, shoulder openers, hip openers
        • Find greater ease in seated postures
        • Improve mobility and posture off the mat
        • When and how to do active, passive, and isometric stretching

        $148.00

         

        TRANSITIONING FROM THE GROUND TO WILD THING

        As you rise up from the ground, you will notice that you will be tempted to undo the shoulder alignment. I suggest filming yourself so you can observe with your eyes, as it can be easy to feel like you are doing one thing while the body is doing another. Rewatch the above video and you will see that as I rise up I am deliberately rotating the arm bone outward and the moving the shoulder blade backward.

        KEY POINT: THE SHOULDER IS NOT STACKED OVER THE WRIST

        Notice that as I rise up, I keep moving my weight into my legs and using the strength of my legs, buttocks, and back to press my body to the sky. This is to take the stress off of the shoulder and minimize the risk of shoulder injury. Using your legs and back muscles will also help you deepen the posture. 

        To learn more about the anatomy, biomechanics, and techniques you can apply to advance your asana practice, join the Anatomy in Motion immersion. This immersion is unique in that each class begins with a visual anatomy tutorial, helping you see how your muscles create movements. Following the tutorial, you learn how to incorporate this knowledge into your practice, and most importantly, you learn to FEEL your anatomy.

        The 200 Hr. Teacher Training: Click Here to See the Next Start Date

        This is for you if you are interested in deepening your yoga practice, building your confidence, learning how to create a class, and sharing this practice with friends, family, or beyond. Yes, it’s for all levels, ages, etc.

        The 300 Hr. Advanced Teacher Training: Click Here to See the Next Start Date

        This training is definitely for you if you are already certified at the 200 or 500 hour level but want to take your teaching career and practice to the next level. In this training, you will learn Anatomy, Biomechanics, Postural Techniques, Intelligent Sequencing, Breathwork, Meditation, Heart-Centered Philosophy, Theming, Business Structure, Marketing, Social Media, Branding, and how to build a sustainable and successful career!

        Article by Matt Giordano

        Video Extracted From: Mobility Immersion

        12 Online Yoga classes to Learn Anatomy

        ANATOMY IN MOTION

        APRIL 2022 Immersion

        • Embody anatomy
        • Learn key muscles, bones, and joints
        • Visualize your movements internally
        • Improve proprioception
        • Sensation-based practices
        • Unlock and strengthen major muscle groups
        • Active, passive, and isometric stretching
        • Improve mobility and stability
        • Get VERY geeky

        $168.00

         

        Continue Learning

        Bow Pose: Where to Breathe in a Backbend

        Bow Pose: Where to Breathe in a Backbend

        BOW POSE—WHERE TO BREATHE  YOGA ANATOMY • BIOMECHANICS • TECHNIQUEBOW POSEThe Challenge of breathing in backbendsEver feel short of breath in a backbend? You aren't the only one. Where to breathe in a backbend is a popular question, and rightfully so. If you look at...

        read more
        side plank variations

        side plank variations

        Side Plank Variations VASHISTASANA • MODIFICATIONS • TUTORIALSIDE PLANKExtended Side plank variations  [Click Below to listen to the Audio Version of "Extended Side Plank"]There are definitely more ways than one to access a yoga posture. Not only that, but Matt is...

        read more
        King Cobra Pose Tutorial

        King Cobra Pose Tutorial

        KING COBRA POSE  YOGA ANATOMY • BIOMECHANICS • TECHNIQUEKING COBRA5 Key Actions to Decompress Your Spine in King Cobra PoseNot all that glitters is gold, and without the right approach, this glorious backbend may not be a shining example of spinal health. King Cobra...

        read more
        Wild Thing Shoulder Alignment

        Wild Thing Shoulder Alignment

        WILD THING SHOULDER ALIGNMENT ANATOMY • BIOMECHANICS • TECHNIQUEShoulder AlignmentWILD THING SHOULDER ALIGNMENTWhat is the correct shoulder alignment for the pose we call Wild Thing? To answer this, we would first have to define the guidelines for "right" and "wrong."...

        read more
        hyperextension of the knee in pyramid pose

        hyperextension of the knee in pyramid pose

        KNEE HYPEREXTENSION HOW TO SOLVE HYPERMOBILITY IN PYRAMID POSEKNEE HYPEREXTENSIONKNEE HYPEREXTENSION: PROTECT YOUR KNEES IN PARSVOTTANASANA, PYRAMID POSEWhen it comes to our asana practice, more often than not, the subject of our knees is a hot topic. Typically, we’re...

        read more
        deeper twists and spinal mobility with the fire line

        deeper twists and spinal mobility with the fire line

        DEEPER TWISTS INCREASE SPINAL MOBILITY WITH THE FIRE LINEDEEPER TWISTSDEEPER TWISTS & SPINAL MOBILITY: "FIRE LINE"Do you correlate strength with twisting postures in your yoga practice, or is it flexibility that comes to mind first?  There’s no doubt that both...

        read more

        THE FREE TECHNIQUE PACK

        When You Subscribe You Will Get Instant Access To

        • The Technique Pack: 15 Yoga Pose Breakdowns
        • Exclusive Online Course Discounts
        • Exclusive Blogs and Videos
        • This field is for validation purposes and should be left unchanged.

        hyperextension of the knee in pyramid pose

        KNEE HYPEREXTENSION

        HOW TO SOLVE HYPERMOBILITY IN PYRAMID POSE

        KNEE HYPEREXTENSION

        KNEE HYPEREXTENSION: PROTECT YOUR KNEES IN PARSVOTTANASANA, PYRAMID POSE

        When it comes to our asana practice, more often than not, the subject of our knees is a hot topic. Typically, we’re looking for ways to minimize pain and/or strengthen the knees in order to feel stable when holding certain joint alignments or while bending and straightening our legs during transitions from one posture to the next.  

        It’s not unusual to utilize props like blankets or an extra roll of a yoga mat under our knees in an effort to minimize painful sensations in postures where our knees are making direct contact with the floor or our yoga mats.  

        In regard to creating more stability or feeling stronger in a particular posture, we may utilize yoga blocks, a wall, and/or a chair to help us maintain better alignment in order to hold ourselves up for a longer period of time without concern for our balance.

        Yoga For Flexibility and Mobility

        Mobility IMMERSION

        March 2022 Immersion

        • Key techniques to increase flexibility
        • Strength development for mobility and range of motion
        • Learn postures: Hanumanasana (splits), Extended Side Plank
        • Active and passive mobility for shoulders, hips, and spine
        • Improve spinal twists, heart openers, shoulder openers, hip openers
        • Find greater ease in seated postures
        • Improve mobility and posture off the mat
        • When and how to do active, passive, and isometric stretching

        $148.00

         

        PARSVOTTANASANA/PYRAMID POSE

        Pyramid Pose is a single-legged forward fold that requires a reasonable amount of hamstring flexibility. This can affect us in a couple of different ways.

        As practitioners, we may fall under two different categories. When exploring a posture like Parsvottanasana, or Pyramid Pose, we may be the type to either hyperextend in the knee (due to overflexibility in the hamstrings), or we may overbend in the knee to compensate for the lack of flexibility we are experiencing in the hamstrings. In both scenarios, be mindful to straighten the leg to the degree that’s possible without overdoing either end of the spectrum. So, what category do you fall under, and how can you support your practice in a way that provides you with the tools you need to stay safe?  

        In today’s video, Matt provides thorough examples of ways we can take action to level up our capacity for strength and flexibility in Pyramid Pose.

        HYPEREXTENSION OF THE KNEE

        How does this happen?

        Hyperextension of the knee may develop over time for those of us who have spent a great deal of time creating flexibility in our hamstrings and are arguably “overflexible” in this area. This often means we lack strength and/or have neglected to put effort into activating the hamstrings.

        Matt explains that if we are hyperextending through the knee joint, we are creating pressure there and that this is the key point. If there is evidence of pressure, this is cause for concern. The pressure comes from overly straightening the knee. It’s actually not about the angle of the knee but about whether or not we are placing pressure there.

        ACTIONS TO CREATE STRENGTH

        Action 1

        In the video, Matt shows us how to press the big toe and pinky toe down while lifting up through the heel, which activates the gastrocnemius (calf muscle that attaches to the back of the femur bone), causing the knee to bend.

        Action 2

        He adds on the action of activating the hamstring by pulling the ball mound of the foot towards the back of your mat while the heel is lifted. This will contribute greatly to the strength of the hamstrings. Engaging the muscles helps us hold the joints in better alignment, therefore also addressing our need for better stability and balance.

        yoga backbend techniques: 12 classes [backbend technique to relieve back pain "bowing the spine']

        HIPS AND HAMSTRINGS IMMERSION

        • Increase range of motion of your hips and hamstrings
        • Learn techniques such as facilitated stretching
        • Release stress patterns, discomfort, or pain in your hips, back, and knees
        • Twelve 75-minute classes, all levels appropriate
        • Learn postures: Pigeon, Lizard Variations, Lotus, Eagle, Hanuman, Fire Log, Seated Straddle Splits, and more!
        • Lifetime unlimited access to all

        OVERBENDING THE KNEE

        While some people struggle with hypermobility, others struggle to straighten the leg. In the latter case, the hamstrings are caught in a shortened holding pattern. Just stretching over and over again will not teach the body to release tension. There is, however, a solution to gain range of motion, and it too involves activating our muscles — in this case, it’s the quadriceps, the 4 muscles of the thigh. Their primary role is to straighten the knee. Matt demonstrates how we can achieve this by pulling the kneecap up. This action of “reciprocal inhibition” contributes to our ability to find better range of motion and improved flexibility in the hamstrings over time. 

        Understanding our bodies and getting in tune with our tendencies unlocks opportunities for a fuller experience in our postures.
        Once we tap in and take the necessary actions, what we uncover is limitless potential.

        This potential is waiting for you in Matt’s current 12-class immersion, titled Mobility. You get lifetime access to this immersion, in which Matt takes you on a journey through the major areas of the body, exploring how to increase mobility while simultaneously developing greater muscular strength and integrity. Instead of sacrificing your joints for the sake of achieving a posture, you will learn how to keep your joints safe by developing the necessary strength in each area of the body.

        The 200 Hr. Teacher Training: Click Here to See The Next Start Date

        This is for you if you are interested in deepening your yoga practice, building your confidence, learning how to create a class, and sharing this practice with friends, family, or beyond. Yes, it’s for all levels, ages, etc.

        The 300 Hr. Advanced Teacher Training: Click Here to See The Next Start Date

        This training is definitely for you if you are already certified at the 200- or 500-hour level but want to take your teaching career and practice to the next level. In this training, you will learn Anatomy, Biomechanics, Postural Techniques, Intelligent Sequencing, Breathwork, Meditation, Heart-Centered Philosophy, Theming, Business Structure, Marketing, Social Media, Branding, and how to build a sustainable and successful career!

        Article by Trish Curling  @anioyoga

        Video Extracted From: The 200 & 300 Hour Trainings

        Yoga For Flexibility and Mobility

        Mobility IMMERSION

        March 2022 Immersion

        • Key techniques to increase flexibility
        • Strength development for mobility and range of motion
        • Learn postures: Hanumanasana (splits), Extended Side Plank
        • Active and passive mobility for shoulders, hips, and spine
        • Improve spinal twists, heart openers, shoulder openers, hip openers
        • Find greater ease in seated postures
        • Improve mobility and posture off the mat
        • When and how to do active, passive, and isometric stretching

        $148.00

         

        Continue Learning

        Bow Pose: Where to Breathe in a Backbend

        Bow Pose: Where to Breathe in a Backbend

        BOW POSE—WHERE TO BREATHE  YOGA ANATOMY • BIOMECHANICS • TECHNIQUEBOW POSEThe Challenge of breathing in backbendsEver feel short of breath in a backbend? You aren't the only one. Where to breathe in a backbend is a popular question, and rightfully so. If you look at...

        read more
        side plank variations

        side plank variations

        Side Plank Variations VASHISTASANA • MODIFICATIONS • TUTORIALSIDE PLANKExtended Side plank variations  [Click Below to listen to the Audio Version of "Extended Side Plank"]There are definitely more ways than one to access a yoga posture. Not only that, but Matt is...

        read more
        King Cobra Pose Tutorial

        King Cobra Pose Tutorial

        KING COBRA POSE  YOGA ANATOMY • BIOMECHANICS • TECHNIQUEKING COBRA5 Key Actions to Decompress Your Spine in King Cobra PoseNot all that glitters is gold, and without the right approach, this glorious backbend may not be a shining example of spinal health. King Cobra...

        read more
        Wild Thing Shoulder Alignment

        Wild Thing Shoulder Alignment

        WILD THING SHOULDER ALIGNMENT ANATOMY • BIOMECHANICS • TECHNIQUEShoulder AlignmentWILD THING SHOULDER ALIGNMENTWhat is the correct shoulder alignment for the pose we call Wild Thing? To answer this, we would first have to define the guidelines for "right" and "wrong."...

        read more
        hyperextension of the knee in pyramid pose

        hyperextension of the knee in pyramid pose

        KNEE HYPEREXTENSION HOW TO SOLVE HYPERMOBILITY IN PYRAMID POSEKNEE HYPEREXTENSIONKNEE HYPEREXTENSION: PROTECT YOUR KNEES IN PARSVOTTANASANA, PYRAMID POSEWhen it comes to our asana practice, more often than not, the subject of our knees is a hot topic. Typically, we’re...

        read more
        deeper twists and spinal mobility with the fire line

        deeper twists and spinal mobility with the fire line

        DEEPER TWISTS INCREASE SPINAL MOBILITY WITH THE FIRE LINEDEEPER TWISTSDEEPER TWISTS & SPINAL MOBILITY: "FIRE LINE"Do you correlate strength with twisting postures in your yoga practice, or is it flexibility that comes to mind first?  There’s no doubt that both...

        read more

        THE FREE TECHNIQUE PACK

        When You Subscribe You Will Get Instant Access To

        • The Technique Pack: 15 Yoga Pose Breakdowns
        • Exclusive Online Course Discounts
        • Exclusive Blogs and Videos
        • This field is for validation purposes and should be left unchanged.

        deeper twists and spinal mobility with the fire line

        DEEPER TWISTS

        INCREASE SPINAL MOBILITY WITH THE FIRE LINE

        DEEPER TWISTS

        DEEPER TWISTS & SPINAL MOBILITY: “FIRE LINE”

        Do you correlate strength with twisting postures in your yoga practice, or is it flexibility that comes to mind first?  There’s no doubt that both strength and flexibility are required for deeper twists, but let’s shine the spotlight on strength as we take a deeper look into how we can unlock our true potential when it comes to the execution of twisting postures in our asana practice.

        YOUR INTENTION FOR THE TWIST

        Twisting postures in yoga are known for their multitude of benefits. Let’s understand though that our intentions behind various twisting postures and the ways in which we execute them can benefit vs. harm our bodies to varying degrees. We may also have very different reasons for incorporating twists into our asana practice. If the goal is to create more of a therapeutic experience, then gentler twists may be the appropriate approach to take. If the intent and/or purpose is to work more deeply into a twist, then there are ways to heighten the experience with proper awareness and activation (we’ll see this shortly with Matt’s unique approach). Whether there is some level of vulnerability due to injury or not, doing things like pushing through the arms or trying to force more deeply into a twist can in fact cause harm, and this is never the desired outcome.

         

        Yoga For Flexibility and Mobility

        Mobility IMMERSION

        March 2022 Immersion

        • Key techniques to increase flexibility
        • Strength development for mobility and range of motion
        • Learn postures: Hanumanasana (splits), Extended Side Plank
        • Active and passive mobility for shoulders, hips, and spine
        • Improve spinal twists, heart openers, shoulder openers, hip openers
        • Find greater ease in seated postures
        • Improve mobility and posture off the mat
        • When and how to do active, passive, and isometric stretching

        $148.00

         

        Yes, all movements on or off the mat will indeed place varying degrees of pressure on the discs in our spine, and, outside of the body’s natural resilience, there are ways in which we can create more integrity to support these movements. Although simply by twisting, we increase the amount of pressure on the spinal discs, twisting is also the answer to the question of how to increase their health.

        Our discs require nourishment, and I love the sponge analogy — the “squeeze and soak effect” — when considering how to stimulate this nourishment. An appropriate twisting action or posture can actually help to equalize the pressure in the discs by supplying them with fluid, which allows them to expand. This creates more space and shock absorption between each vertebra, allowing your spine to react with more resilience to movements that create more weight, pressure, and/or impact in your body.

        Now, Matt’s approach to twists is quite unique and extremely effective. His approach asks you to bring your focus and awareness to where you can create activations with more intention in order for your body to respond with greater ease. 

        WHAT IS THE FIRE LINE?

        If you’ve been following Matt and/or practicing with him, then you are familiar with his Chromatic Approach to yoga. Regarding the physical practice, we understand this approach as systemic with a deep awareness of how we move our bodies and progress to a “peak posture.” Something Matt created is the  idea of  the “Fire Line,” which he describes as a kinesthetic chain of muscle activation, or a co-activated line of muscle, or a co-ordinated engagement of several muscles in order to gain greater access to balance, strength, stability, and flexibility.

        MUSCLE ACTIVATION IN THE FIRE LINE

        Matt starts off by explaining that we first bring our attention and awareness to the serratus anterior on one side of the body, which funnels into the external obliques through the linea alba, then traveling underneath the external obliques on the other side of the body to the internal obliques, which then go down to the opposite hip bone.  

        The Fire Line branches off “like a river” in 2 directions. The 1st branch goes to the outside of the gluteus maximus down through the IT band and connects to the outer shin. The 2nd branch goes from the inside of the hip (the iliacus and/or psoas muscle), which is on the inside of the bowl of your pelvis and attaches right at the inner thigh, where it meets the pelvis inside of the femoral head (inside of thigh bone). This all travels in the same direction, where we find the adductor group, which runs at the inside of your leg; some of the muscles in this group attach down at the shin.

        We draw a thread of connection all the way through. Through Matt’s dedication to practice and his experience with his own body and with teaching and observing his students, he realized that activating this line allows the yoga practitioner to execute a variety of different twisting postures with great integrity and ability.

        He highlights that the “center of the fire” is right at the core. We must recognize that the fire goes inward and creates a rounding through the back of the body. The key is to bring awareness to this rounding by exaggerating a pulling back of the ribcage.

        With all of this in mind, we can see why strength plays a key role. Instead of just “dumping,” or forcing our bodies into a twist, we very thoughtfully engage the muscles in this Fire Line to more safely and deeply experience a variety of twisting postures.

        online yoga immersion for the spine

        SPINAL AWAKENING

        November 2021 Immersion

        • Twists • Side Bends • Forward Folds • Heart Openers
        • Learn techniques to strengthen & mobilize your spine
        • Release back tension and discomfort
        • Twelve 75-minute classes, all levels appropriate
        • Advance your postural practice
        • Lifetime unlimited access to all

        YOUR DISCOUNT CODE: STRENGTHMEMBER

        $148.00 $118.00

        REVOLVED CHAIR POSE

        Take a close look at Matt’s deliberate actions in today’s video.  What we see is not only the chromatic approach, the build, the preparation; but we see the activation of the fire line in order to avoid the collapse into Revolved Chair Pose.

        When we approach twisting postures with strength as the anchor, not only do we execute twists with more purpose, but overall we feel more empowered in our bodies and our practice.  What a beautiful outcome.

        Imagine getting this type of insight on your practice on a regular basis, and being able to integrate it into your mind and body. Online Immersions with Matt are the perfect way to get techniques like the fire line into your practice. Each immersion consists of 12 all levels classes so you can advance your body awareness and deepen your practice.

        If you have been practicing with the immersions than you know exactly how powerful and effective they are.

        But what if you want to share this knowledge with others? Take advantage of the opportunity to study with Matt in his upcoming teacher trainings.  His 200 and 300 Hr trainings are open for enrollment.

        The 200 Hr. Teacher Training: Click Here to See The Next Start Date

        This is for you if you are interested in deepening your yoga practice, building your confidence, learning how to create a class, sharing this practice with friends, family or beyond. Yes it’s for all levels, ages, etc.

        The 300 Hr. Advanced Teacher Training: Click Here to See The Next Start Date

        This training is definitely for you if you are already certified at the 200 or 500 hour level but want to take your teaching career and practice to the next level. In this training you will learn Anatomy, Bio-mechanics, Postural Techniques, Intelligent Sequencing, Breathwork, Meditation, Heart Centered Philosophy, Theming, Business Structure, Marketing, Social Media, Branding and how to build a sustainable and successful career!

        Article by Trish Curling  @anioyoga

        Video Extracted From: The 200 & 300 Hour Trainings and April 2020 Immersion “The Greatest Hits”

        Yoga For Flexibility and Mobility

        Mobility IMMERSION

        March 2022 Immersion

        • Key techniques to increase flexibility
        • Strength development for mobility and range of motion
        • Learn postures: Hanumanasana (splits), Extended Side Plank
        • Active and passive mobility for shoulders, hips, and spine
        • Improve spinal twists, heart openers, shoulder openers, hip openers
        • Find greater ease in seated postures
        • Improve mobility and posture off the mat
        • When and how to do active, passive, and isometric stretching

        $148.00

         

        Continue Learning

        Bow Pose: Where to Breathe in a Backbend

        Bow Pose: Where to Breathe in a Backbend

        BOW POSE—WHERE TO BREATHE  YOGA ANATOMY • BIOMECHANICS • TECHNIQUEBOW POSEThe Challenge of breathing in backbendsEver feel short of breath in a backbend? You aren't the only one. Where to breathe in a backbend is a popular question, and rightfully so. If you look at...

        read more
        side plank variations

        side plank variations

        Side Plank Variations VASHISTASANA • MODIFICATIONS • TUTORIALSIDE PLANKExtended Side plank variations  [Click Below to listen to the Audio Version of "Extended Side Plank"]There are definitely more ways than one to access a yoga posture. Not only that, but Matt is...

        read more
        King Cobra Pose Tutorial

        King Cobra Pose Tutorial

        KING COBRA POSE  YOGA ANATOMY • BIOMECHANICS • TECHNIQUEKING COBRA5 Key Actions to Decompress Your Spine in King Cobra PoseNot all that glitters is gold, and without the right approach, this glorious backbend may not be a shining example of spinal health. King Cobra...

        read more
        Wild Thing Shoulder Alignment

        Wild Thing Shoulder Alignment

        WILD THING SHOULDER ALIGNMENT ANATOMY • BIOMECHANICS • TECHNIQUEShoulder AlignmentWILD THING SHOULDER ALIGNMENTWhat is the correct shoulder alignment for the pose we call Wild Thing? To answer this, we would first have to define the guidelines for "right" and "wrong."...

        read more
        hyperextension of the knee in pyramid pose

        hyperextension of the knee in pyramid pose

        KNEE HYPEREXTENSION HOW TO SOLVE HYPERMOBILITY IN PYRAMID POSEKNEE HYPEREXTENSIONKNEE HYPEREXTENSION: PROTECT YOUR KNEES IN PARSVOTTANASANA, PYRAMID POSEWhen it comes to our asana practice, more often than not, the subject of our knees is a hot topic. Typically, we’re...

        read more
        deeper twists and spinal mobility with the fire line

        deeper twists and spinal mobility with the fire line

        DEEPER TWISTS INCREASE SPINAL MOBILITY WITH THE FIRE LINEDEEPER TWISTSDEEPER TWISTS & SPINAL MOBILITY: "FIRE LINE"Do you correlate strength with twisting postures in your yoga practice, or is it flexibility that comes to mind first?  There’s no doubt that both...

        read more

        THE FREE TECHNIQUE PACK

        When You Subscribe You Will Get Instant Access To

        • The Technique Pack: 15 Yoga Pose Breakdowns
        • Exclusive Online Course Discounts
        • Exclusive Blogs and Videos
        • This field is for validation purposes and should be left unchanged.

        "GET WELL SOON SALE!" 30% OFF ALL IMMERSIONS TODAY!
        10
        days
        10
        hours
        10
        minutes
        10
        seconds
        "GET WELL SOON" SALE!
        30% OFF ALL IMMERSIONS!
        10
        days
        10
        hours
        10
        minutes
        10
        seconds
        Congratulations, your 30% discount code has been applied and will be reflected at the very bottom at checkout page
        Overlay Image
        MEMORIAL DAY SALE! Congratulations, your 30% discount code has been applied and will be reflected at the very bottom at checkout page

        Pin It on Pinterest