You Don’t Have Bad Body Parts

I’ve heard many people say things like, “I have a bad back or neck, hips, ankles etc.” While this might be kind of true, the statement makes it sound like the person is laying the blame for pain on their body part.These days that’s not cool.The whole body is responsible because it works as a…Continue Reading

Hip Mechanics

Hip Mechanics

I love this image showing the side view of the hip. You can see the head of the femur, that ball shaped thing which is at the top of your leg. It sits in the hip socket and moves back and forth as you walk, sit, stand etc. It also moves inward and outward as…Continue Reading

No! Not that Much!

No! Not that Much!

How much should you MELT? Well, not as much as the Wicked Witch of the West! How much is that? It varies. Just a bit of water melted that lady and just a little bit of MELT can MELT you. So,start slow, go slow, let your body tell you. If you are in a MELT…Continue Reading

Roll Up or …..

Roll Up or …..

I have always been taught to come up from a standing forward bend with a flat (really neutral) instead of rolling up. Aadil Palkhivalla, my 2000 hour master yoga teacher trainer, exclaimed in class when a student instructed us to roll up,” NEVER, NEVER, NEVER instruct students to roll up.” That is the only thing…Continue Reading

Squat Mechanics

Squat Mechanics

Proper alignment of the feet, as I was taught in Iyengar Yoga and from Katy Bowman, is achieved when the outer edges of the feet are parallel and pelvis width apart. Try it. It will probably feel weird because you are not used to it. It may even feel like you are pigeon toed and…Continue Reading

MELT Works

MELT Works

During my 2000-hour yoga teacher training we, the trainees, were encouraged to create our own websites. That did not interest me for two reasons; I was doing this training for my own benefit and did not need a website besides, posting a picture of myself is too challenging for another two reasons. I am not…Continue Reading

Why Glutes?

Weak glutes can cause your knees to cave in during a squat, your posture to erode or your low back to ache when you are going about your daily activities. But, how did they get weak? Sitting for many hours each day can damage the glute muscles. Sitting shortens the hip flexor muscles and when…Continue Reading

Home Work Out

Home Work Out

Here is one exercise we cannot do in class because we don’t have enough props (doorways). But,I sure wish we did because the majority of the people I see could really benefit from this one. If you have done the Active Straight Leg Raise Assessment you will know if this exercise is for you. Here…Continue Reading

Why Core Training?

When the muscles in the hips, shoulders and everything in between work together, they form a functional segment called the core. Core training is an attempt to centralize the strength, flexibility,coordination and power of the body into the most powerful region of the body-the hips and torso.The center of mass is located in this area…Continue Reading

Why Can’t I Breathe?

When I started taking yoga classes many decades ago I found breathing the yoga way, slow alternate nostril breathing, very uncomfortable. I wanted to gasp for breath or jump out of my skin. I thought I had some kind of emotional issue trying to “come up” and I did not want to address it. (This…Continue Reading

Fitness on Dysfuntion?

Fitness on Dysfuntion?

We all have some degree of misalignment in our bodies due to injury or daily habits. This misalignment causes us to form poor movement patterns. Using poor movement patterns is like driving a car with the foot on the brakes. It is inefficient, it causes undue wear and tear on the body, it takes more…Continue Reading

I Have a Bad Habit

I Have a Bad Habit

No, it is not drinking, smoking, staying out all night with the girls or anything else that came to your mind. At this age a bad habit is something that causes me pain. Since I was a baby I have loved to sleep on my front side with my head turned to the left. That…Continue Reading

Embracing the Ladder

Embracing the Ladder

The LADDER  is truly an amazing piece of equipment that we use faithfully in the Posture and Alignment Class. With my husband’s help we have adopted the Egoscue Tower into what we call “The Ladder.” I have this device in my home and use it daily. The effects are profound. Here is a blub from…Continue Reading