Bracket winners

The yoga theme champion is … the psoas (pronounced so-as)!

I am really surprised by this winner. I thought for sure it would be the neck.

But I do think the psoas is pretty awesome.

The psoas is one of the most important muscles in the body. It is a deep-seated muscle that originates at the front of the lumbar, runs along the inner surface of the pelvis and over the pubis to attach to the inner surface of the femur bone at the lesser trochanter.

It is the biggest and strongest  muscle of the hip flexors. It is the only muscle that bridges the torso with the legs. Psoas affects posture and helps to stabilize the spine. If it is out of balance it can contribute to low back pain and pelvic pain.

I had 120 entries for Ann’s March Madness Repeats Final Four brackets. As I mentioned above, the psoas was the yoga theme champion (which means it will be a repeated sequence during May Muscle Goodness.) The neck and feet tied for … Continue reading

Practicing heart opener

Recently my yoga theme was for the desk jockey, a person who sits at a desk.

One of the poses we practiced in the sequence was the heart opener over the blocks, aka supported fish pose (pictured to the left).

So many of my students love this pose. They love how it makes them feel. I love it as well.

This pose reverses the negative effects of our poor posture when we sit at a desk, pound away on a keyboard, sit in the car or on public transportation during our long commutes, look at our smart phone or tablet, etc.

The heart opener is a baby backbend and puts our body into extension (we are usually in flexion–think hunched over computer back).

We open our chest, spread shoulder blades, open the collarbones and take stress out of the low back. Having the block behind our shoulder blades reminds us where backbends should come from, behind our heart center, not the low back or the neck.

The muscles, ligaments, veins, etc. are tight in the neck, chest, shoulders, upper back because of our sitting culture. This pose helps to stretch these tight/overactive muscles, making them longer and more supple.

Many people have … Continue reading

My second awesome newsletter

My second newsletter came out last Thursday (May 5).

I am reposting it for my GFG! readers right here.

If you would like to sign up to receive future newsletters in your inbox, you can go right here to enter your e-mail address.

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Dear friends,

Thank you for your interest in my newsletter.

If you didn’t receive the first newsletter (this is only the second) you can click here and read it on my blog. (The first one went out on Friday, April 15.)

There was one broken link in my first newsletter, which took you to my blog post called Going Bone Deep. The link should be good this time around.

Some of you told me you didn’t get the first newsletter. Likely one of two things happened, either I got your e-mail address wrong or the newsletter went into your Spam/Junk folder.

You will either be getting this newsletter once or twice (or even zero times–but then you won’t even know it). After I send it out I am going to follow up with an e-mail. This will let me know who’s e-mail I have incorrect. And if I have it correct it will alert you that … Continue reading