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Posts Tagged ‘posture’

Over the shoulder shoulder holder backpack

In my yoga classes at the end of June and beginning of July we prepped the bodies for modified supported handstand (Adho Mukha Vrksasana). We also practiced what I was calling over the shoulder shoulder holder (pictured to the left). A student told me another teacher calls it a backpack. So I am now calling […]


Heart opener does body & mind good

Are you a desk jockey? If you are someone who regularly sits at a desk and most likely at a computer then you are a desk jockey, which is a person who sits at a desk. The yoga sequence I am teaching this week is to help those of us who suffer from our sitting […]


41 backbends

Today I turned 41. I am the healthiest and probably the happiest I have ever been in my entire 41 years of living. My day will be spent teaching a cycling class this morning, then some sort of yummy lunch, followed by a massage and then dinner out with Curt and friends at our favorite restaurant, […]


The belly

Yesterday in my Deep Yoga teacher training program a big focus was the belly. There are many of us in the program who have back issues, myself included. I have Kyphosis. The Mayo Clinic describes Kyphosis like this, Kyphosis usually refers to an exaggerated rounding — sometimes called round back or hunchback. While Kyphosis can occur […]


Let’s celebrate National Yoga Month

September is National Yoga Month. I know that. But the weird thing is I am having a hard time finding a lot of current information on this. In honor of of this month I thought I would FINALLY respond to a request from my friend Rosie. Months ago she asked me for advice for someone […]


Aligning the spine in yoga

I attended the 6 p.m. yoga class, which Baxter normally teaches. I forgot he is in Costa Rica this week for a yoga retreat. Dominick was the sub. I like Dominick’s teaching style and he is funny. But his class starts at 4:30 on Mondays and Wednesdays. So I can rarely go. But I do […]


Taking care of my back with support

I have back pain. I have for years. When I was in my early 20s I went to the doctor because of my bad posture and almost constant aching pain in my lower back. My doctor sent me to an orthopedic surgeon who told me that I have a mild form of kyphosis. The simple […]