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WHY ARE STANDING POSES SO IMPORTANT

Most of the time we’re completely unaware of our posture.  We don’t stand properly over our feet.  We stand with the weight shifted over one leg, or with the knees locked back.  Another far too common postural misalignment is for the pelvis tucked under the shoulders rounded forward, and head hanging down and in front of its proper place.  My teacher,…


THE BEST WAY TO WARM UP

I usually start my practice with a brief meditation to cultivate awareness of the breath, followed by some shoulder stretches and hip openers to get the body more open for the sun salutations.  I took a workshop from a gifted teacher named Lisa Walford on the sun salutations, and she spent a good 10 minutes…


STIFF VERSUS WEAK

When its difficult to perform an asana it’s not just that we’re stiff and need to gain more flexibility. This is true, but its not an appropriate viewpoint when addressing how the body moves.  Certain muscles are stiff and cannot lengthen properly, yes, but the opposing muscles that can open us up are often not…