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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Satya in Advertizing?

If you read my last blog post, you’ll know that in my effort to practice the Yama of Satya (truth in life on — and off — the mat) I’m growing out my grey and white hair. I’m ashamed to say that I’m freaking out a little about my decision to embrace my natchy hair, then I found this nugget from Adweek:

It seems superficial to think about looks and appearance to any extent beyond morning grooming time. Not so long ago, a dating deal breaker for me was guys who spent more time on their appearance than I did. Blistex was my makeup regime back then, and I usually tied my shoulder length hair into a ponytail — I can’t stand the feeling of hair on my face.

I resent the time I spend grooming these days. Incrementally over the years I lost the ability to travel light, growing dependent on increasingly more
products. I blame my wedding. 😉

Joking aside, I had my makeup done professionally for my wedding 15 years ago, and became enthralled with the power of maquillage to transform me into “one of the pretty girls”. After watching this Dove video, I’m questioning what I see in the mirror. And that’s a good thing.