Find your Stability & Grace ("Sukha & Sthira")

Find your Stability & Grace ("Sukha & Sthira")

The winter months can be tough on your physical and mental energy levels.

Having to exert more energy on commuting, staying warm, dealing with changing weather patterns, and shorter hours of sunlight can be tough on the body and mind. January’s commercialized efforts of “New Fitness Goals and Resolutions” may have helped many people to get back on track, stay motivated, and start new fitness challenges, however, learning to sustain these new physical levels of exertion can be particularly tough especially when external conditions such as the season’s changing weather patterns cannot be controlled, every week, let alone every day.

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Explore & Restore!

Explore & Restore!

Restorative Yoga is either strongly embraced or valiantly avoided by many students in Western societies. Why is it so difficult for us to find rest throughout the day, whether at the start of the morning, midway through the day, or in the evening before bed? 

Secondly, why do we not appreciate the time during our work day for rest and relaxation? Often times we are punishing ourselves and constantly staying plugged in - running on auto-pilot, trying to roll with the punches of all the notifications, emails, messages, and updates we think we will be missing out on. 

The human body does not operate at the same consistency and productivity level for all hours of the day, each day of the week if optimal rest is not attained each night and day. In healthy individuals, our circadian rhythms allow our metabolic rates and energy to be highest first thing in the morning when the sun rises, and both variables decrease throughout the day.

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Shoulder Mobilization & Upper Back Extension

 Shoulder Mobilization & Upper Back Extension

As bipeds, our hip joints mainly support upright standing and locomotion, where our shoulder joints are responsible for articulating movement in front of, beside and behind the body. Whether that may be grasping, reaching, swinging, holding, lengthening, or bending of our arms, while also using the elbows as a hinge, there are many ranges of motion and areas of articulation in the shoulders.

Here are some stretches to mobilize and counteract the hunched over position or tightness that may stem from sitting at a desk for too long, or counteracting the built up tension from aggravated use of the arms.

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Forward Fold and Lift into Your Week

Forward Fold and Lift into Your Week

One of the most foundational poses - the standing forward fold leading into a halfway lift is most commonly overlooked where most people sit back in their heels, crank their head up, and pop their ribcage down.

Due to our differing bone density and composition (think femur bone, pelvis) , postural compensations (affecting flexibility and flexion in the hips), and muscle tightness (stemming from the feet, hamstrings, and psoas - hip flexors) among other varying factors, your flexion at the hip will be different at different times of the year at different points of your practice. 

So, how can we optimize flexibility of flexion of the hips?

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