In our busy lives, many of us struggle to find balance, harmony or peace of mind.   If you, like many, function at a high energetic frequency (go-go-go) slowing down to “smell the roses” often necessitates conscious and gradual down shifting. Conversely, if you lack motivation or feel stuck in your life, you may need a…

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Back pain may limit your ability to participate in any activity, including yoga.   If you injured your back in yoga, why didn’t the person next to you also get hurt? Why do some people heal fast and others do not? Practicing safe yoga is important. This requires body awareness, mindfulness, and good instruction on technique.   If…

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The common misunderstanding of yoga as merely “stretching” can lead to some not so smart or safe yoga practices.  Yoga is more than stretching.   The definition of yoga is, in one word, unity  (of body, mind and spirit).  Without discounting mind and spirit, understanding the physical aspect of yoga will enhance the overall experience of…

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Protect them while doing yoga “Bend your knees!” is a common cue used to protect the back when bending forward.  In yoga, bending the knees in forward folds is also recommended to prevent strain to the back. Uttanasana (standing forward bend) in the traditional version is done with straight legs.   A forward fold (hinging at…

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When the front of the knee hurts in yoga Patellofemoral pain syndrome (PFPS) is the most common overuse injury of the lower extremity1, 2. PFPS is a condition characterized by pain surrounding the kneecap associated with activities involving lower limb loading (eg, walking, running, jumping, stair climbing, and prolonged sitting and kneeling (yoga!)). There are many…

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