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Posts Tagged ‘pigeon pose’

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 […]


The amazing psoas muscle

The psoas muscle (pronounced so-az) affects every facet of your life, from your physical well-being to who you feel yourself to be and how you relate to the world. A bridge linking the trunk to the legs, the psoas is critical for balanced alignment, proper joint rotation, and full muscular range of motion, according to Yoga Journal website. […]


Practice yoga at home on the cheap

My friend Heather asked me if I could recommend some yoga videos for someone with limited resources. So I did some research and here’s the cool thing I found: YogaGlo. The YogaGlo site says: Take more than 1,000 yoga classes on your computer or on your HD TV whenever you want, in the comfort of your […]


Working sore butt muscles, cramps

Yesterday in body conditioning we did a lot of squat and lunge work. I hate doing that stuff. But it is also the work I need most. We did walking lunges and squats with kickback. I don’t know if it was the combo of the two or the evil squats with kickback but my booty […]


6 days of yoga

Sorry for the lack of posts this week. This week has been an exhausting week. Work was crazy busy with a few nights of coming home and working some more. My goal was to hit yoga seven days in a row from last Friday through Thursday. I had to go into the office on Friday, […]


Opening the hips

In Baxter’s Hatha Yoga class tonight we worked a lot with the hips. About half the class we were lying down–my kind of yoga. Though we were definitely working. Pigeon Pose is my favorite hip opener. I forget about the many other ways to open the hips. Today we did an “extreme” half Happy Baby […]


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 […]


What a wonderful way to end the workweek

I attended my regular yoga class tonight with Suraya. She is such a great and caring yoga instructor. It’s at 5:30 on Fridays. Which is great because it gets me out of work at a decent hour. But I am starting to miss the class at times because sometimes I have something planned. At the […]