STOP using a roller on your IT band

So-very-YES!! Read this post by Monique Lavoie, Teacher/Trainer/Instructor: ACE, STOTT PILATES GYROTONIC, ZENGA >>> “The IT band is pretty much just a tendon and so treating it like your tenderizing meat isn’t going to help. I’m all for self release but use caution with hard materials on soft tissue. Best place to start is by strengthening the glut med which can be done with good old fashion side leg lift executed properly, with good alignment, parallel legs and slow control movement.”

Pilates Winnipeg

IT band I’ve been saying this for years “don’t roll your IT band on a hard roller”  Don’t get me wrong!! I like the foam roller as a tool to increase the level of difficulty stabilizing a position. Take for example an abdominal exercise performed on your back. When done on the floor you will feel the prime movers contract but when the same exercise is done lying lengthwise on a roller, you’ll feel those core muscles, the deep muscles that form your inner unit ( tranverse abdominals, Multifidus, pelvic floor) Lately, I’ve been seeing people with those rollers that look like Michelin tires rolling their body weight up and down the leg. The IT band is pretty much just a tendon and so treating it like your tenderizing meat isn’t going to help. I’m all for self release but use caution with hard materials on soft tissue. Best place to start is by strengthening the glut med which can be…

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You don’t have to wear tight clothes to do yoga.

Why is Marilyn Monroe upside down? <<Yes! So this!

Amanda Green YOGA

photo (3) Yoga Journal is lovely.  I subscribe, I’m happy to get it in the mail each month and I always get something good to think about from each issue.  But this month, I was really agitated by the cover photo.  There’s a yogini on the cover, rockin’ a version of pincha mayurasana with a really nice white outfit, a smile on her face and a coy bend of the knee—toes pointed.  She reminds me of an upside-down, playful, sexy 1940’s pin up model. tumblr_mrcgjdW9Yf1qkmctto1_500

This lovely cover photo isn’t all that unusual for Yoga Journal so I have to recognize that my annoyance has more to do with how I’m doing these days than with some insensitivity or editorial shift on their part.  I can certainly see why the editors go for smiley and lovely, but I’m dealing with some grit in my life/practice these days and I am upset that I…

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Yoga — in da HOUSE!

Few would argue that home yoga practice is less legitimate than studio practice. In fact, part of a well-disciplined yoga practice includes personal home

"Yoga Girl" rap by David Wittman

“Yoga Girl” rap by David Wittman

practice.

But what if personal home practice was your entire practice?

Does yoga need to be shared and witnessed to be legitimized?

I’m asking these weighty questions because I’m going into my second week of home practice. My first experience with yoga at the tender age of five years was a home practice and it created the foundation for my adult practice. Sometimes it’s simply more practical to practice at home, and sometimes — at least for me — it’s a preference.

I may head to the studio next week, but if it’s anything like this past week, I’ll be building my yoga — in da house.

Prairie yoga surfing

Stumbled on this tweet by @sarabynoe.

True, it’s funny, but it’s a wonderful image too. From this prairie girl to all you west coast yogis/yoginis, I’d rather join you in yoga on your surf boards, than my surfer prairie cousins:

 

 

Doing it everywhere!

It’s true — you can practice yoga everywhere. After enjoying an unofficial long weekend, I’m behind in house maintenancey-type things, like

grocery shopping, laundry, CLEANING… Sadly, there’s no time to hit the yoga studio today, but this image (from Tamara Dorris’ blog) has inspired me. Since I can’t get to my yoga, I’m going to take my practice with me today!

Did you get to the studio today?

Great Yoga Wall: Where Deep Tissue Massage Meets Yoga

For the past two weeks I’ve been experimenting with a new, decades old, yoga practice — The Great Yoga Wall — and I’m hooked! The Great Yoga Wall itself is new, but the principle of practicing yoga on a Yoga Wall is decades old.

What’s involved: The Great Yoga Wall

An open mind, and few pieces of equipment. The key being the pelvic swing, which is essentially a sling attached to specially designed wall plates.

Practicing yoga while tethered to the wall by a sling is both intense and satisfying. The idea behind this restorative yoga practice is to help students deepen their postures, which I’ll say is a strong benefit. What I didn’t expect, but has been a cherished byproduct of wall yoga, is the change I’m feeling in my alignment. Between classes I can feel that I’m standing taller and stronger. Also, important is the way we practice the postures on the wall — my technique on the mat is really taking off too!

I’ve included a short video from WatchMojo about The Great Yoga Wall for your viewing pleasure. If you have the chance to try your yoga on the wall, I’d go for it! Think deep tissue massage meets yoga…