Archive | Therapeutics
02
Sep

The Joy of Child’s Pose

How did you get here? Close your eyes and surrender. The hurt that we embrace becomes joy. 
 -Rumi For the past five months I have been dealing with fluid in my knees. I think it began with a long flight overseas and back (did I mention I am obsessed with India? See here, here, […]

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02
Dec

About Blessing Counting

I grew up with a tangential relationship to church. We went to a Methodist Church (several different ones over the course of my school years in fact) in order to “gain a moral background” according to my parents who would gladly say that they do not believe in God. These Sunday morning outings usually involved […]

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28
Sep

Anxiety and the Brave Warrior

This week in class we’ve been learning the story of Virabhadra — the ferocious and terrifying warrior that arose out of Shiva’s anguish at the loss of his beloved Sati. Virabhadra is the namesake for all those Warrior Poses we do in class, Virabhadrasana I, II, III, the Humble Warrior, and more. Briefly, Shiva and […]

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17
Sep

What is Yoga Therapy?

The International Association of Yoga Therapists defines yoga therapy like this: Yoga therapy is the process of empowering individuals to progress toward improved health and wellbeing through the application of the teachings and practices of yoga. You may read the entire article here. I have been interested and practicing yoga and meditation since college when […]

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23
May

Balanced Diet = Balanced Tastes

Good morning. Last week I mentioned the tenth suggestion for fascial fitness is to keep active and eat a balanced diet. Seems like there are so many theories out there on how to eat well and maintain proper weight. Despite the fact that I love numbers, I abhor counting calories, and so the Ayurvedic approach […]

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16
May

Fascianation: CTF V

Welcome to the fifth and final installment of the 10 Steps to Fascial Fitness. Special thanks to Tom Myers, author of Anatomy Trains. 7. Gentle Perseverance A: You can go far when you go consciously. This is perfect for yoga practitioners. Work and family commitments often cause one to rush without thinking from one activity […]

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09
May

Fascianation: CTF IV

7. You are unique. Respect your body. In many ways we humans are the same, but in many ways we humans are completely individual. The one-size-fits-all prescription for health and wellness is just not possible. You are fully in control of your own self, and more than that, your body has an innate wisdom that […]

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25
Apr

Fascianation: CTF III – Drink More Water

6. Hydrate.  Hydrate.  Hydrate. This is an important suggestion from Tom Myers regarding Connective Tissue Fitness.  Your body mass is about 70% water, about the same percentage as the Earth’s surface.  We can live without food for a month or more, but without water, we may perish within only a few days.  Fascia is known […]

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18
Apr

Fasciation: CTF II

Ready for more?  Here’s a great video about fascia.  Warning: this is not for the squeamish.  And the music is a nice touch. So let’s look at more suggestions for fascial fitness, big thank you to Tom Myers. 3. Cultivate elasticity by smooth rhythmic movements.  Walking is awesome. Elasticity is related to flexibility.  If the […]

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11
Apr

Fascianation: Connective Tissue Fitness

It has been a long time since I last posted about fascia, but that does not mean that I am any less interested or excited about it.  In preparing for my upcoming six-week-special at Willow Street Yoga Center, the Fascia Sutras, I’ve had a chance to delve more deeply into the topic and am planning […]

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