Exploring a new yoga pose

This week the theme in my yoga classes is the IT band (iliotibial band).

According to Prashamana Yoga, the IT band is a layer of connective tissue extending from the iliac crest to the knee and links the gluteus maximus to the tibia. (This is a good picture of the IT band, gluteus maximus and tensor fascia latae.)

We can reduce the pull on the IT band by opening our hips and stretching the quads and hamstrings.

There are many poses we can practice for the IT band, hips, quads and hamstrings.

One pose I discovered while doing research for this week’s sequence is Pigeon Wheel. I can’t find the picture or information on Pigeon Wheel from the other day. As I was scouring the Internets hoping to find what I found the other day I found that this pose can also be called The Z-Sit.

Since I can’t find the information from a few days ago I will refer to Deer Pose (a Yin Yoga pose), which is similar to the Pigeon Wheel I found, which I was able to find a photo portraying what I have been teaching.

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Home (hotel) yoga practice

Curt and I stayed in Santa Cruz over the weekend.

I didn’t check to see if the hotel had a gym. I am about 50/50 on that. Sometimes I am a rockstar with the hotel gym. And other times my exercise clothes never even leave the suitcase.

This time around I brought my yoga mat with me. And not my travel mat. I brought the full real deal. We drove, which meant I could pretty much bring whatever I wanted.

I practiced yoga yesterday and today in the hotel.

I have struggled in the past to practice what I call hotel yoga. I believe it was easier this time around as I have had a home practice for about six weeks.

My practice over the weekend had to be one I could do without props and not super active because The Husband was snoozing while I practiced.

Some time last year I had written up a short Yin Yoga practice to try out with a friend.

I don’t have a ton of experience with a Yin practice. You hold the poses longer. According to the Yin Yoga website, Yin Yoga targets the connective tissues, such as the ligaments, bones, and … Continue reading

Hip openers

Today in Vinyasa Yoga class with Ashley we did our regular heated flows. After about 45 minutes to an hour of the flows and sweat we usually concentrate on something, whether it is working a specific part of the body or working on an inversion.

Today we worked on some intense hip openers with variations of Pigeon and Square.

We did one hip opener/restorative pose before savasana.

My hips aren’t as open as I would like. So I especially appreciate when class concentrates on opening of the hips. I can’t say I love Pigeon Pose. But for some reason I always want to do that pose and am happy when the instructor asks us to get into that pose.

One of my least favorite poses is Happy Baby, which is also a hip opener and another pose we did today. We also did that pose on Wednesday night. Baxter made a joke about whether or not we are happy in the pose. I have to say, I never am. I have no issues getting into the pose. But once it is time to get out I feel stuck. It’s a pretty intense pose for me.

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