Author Archives: Laurel

Stretching: Mobility vs. Flexibility | Ep. 7 | Body of Knowledge™ Vlog

A majority of people who try yoga for the first time do so because they want to get more flexible. One of yoga’s benefits is that it is a highly effective practice for increasing range of motion. But why do we want to increase range of motion at our joints and is it as important to our musculoskeletal health as we think it is? This episode explore some of the language used around stretching – namely the terms flexibility, mobility and stability.

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Chaturanga-Less Sun Salute – A Silent Tutorial | Ep. 6 | Body of Knowledge™ Vlog

Enjoy my latest Body of Knowledge™ video blog – a Chaturanga-Less Sun Salute! Joint centration is the ideal balance between the muscles that mobilize and stabilize as well as the agonists and antagonists of a joint. Centration implies that all the muscles that surround the joint have balanced their tension in order to hold the bony surfaces of the joint together for maximum surface contact. (more…)

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Nostalgia: El jardín inglés de las emociones

¡La primavera finalmente ha brotado! El fin de semana pasado disfruté plantar caléndulas e impatiens en jardineras de ventana con mi esposo, Nathan – fue nuestro primer intento de jardinería al aire libre, urbana. Estoy bastante impresionada con nuestra obra (bien, debo aceptar que él hizo la mayoría de las […]

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Uplifting News for Depressed Shoulders (6/6) | Shoulder Soothing Sequences | Written for the YTU Blog | May 2015

In the previous installments of this series, I discussed the anatomy and mechanics of healthy shoulder movement and how the cues we’ve been passed down (and pass along) do not always do a service to the biomechanics of the shoulder joint. Here is a Yoga Tune Up® video teaching an upper back and shoulder blade self-massage using Yoga Tune Up® therapy balls.

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Uplifting News for Depressed Shoulders (4/6) | Refining Upward Rotation | Written for YTU Blog | May 2015

In my last post, I deconstructed scapuloclaviculohumeral rhythm, the co-movement of the bones of the shoulder (humerus, clavicle and scapula) during movement. To more thoroughly understand scapuloclaviculohumeral rhythm, it’s helpful to understand a big-picture role of the scapula in the overhead position. When the arms move overhead, the scapula guides the arm bone.

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Uplifting News for Depressed Shoulders (3/6): Feel the Beat of Your Shoulder Rhythm | Written for YTU Blog | May 2015

Instead of attempting to draw the shoulders down while simultaneously trying to flex the shoulders, consider ways to work and cue upward rotation of the scapula. A cue such as “Lift your outer shoulder blade up as you move your inner shoulder blade down” will facilitate more ease of movement and a safer position for the soft tissues of the shoulder. Admittedly, this cue is far more nuanced than cues that take the whole shoulder blade in one direction…

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Uplifting News for Depressed Shoulders (2/6): Finding the Beat of Scapuloclaviculohumeral Rhythm | Written for YTU Blog | May 2015

Let’s begin with one of the most important things to know about the shoulder joint complex. It’s not just one joint. It’s four. When you peel back the skin that curtains the shoulder stage, all four of these joints need to work together to allow for the arm’s broad range of 180 degrees of flexion when the arms are alongside the ears.

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Uplifting News for Depressed Shoulders (1/6): Parampara or a Long Game of Telephone? | Written for YTU Blog | May 2015

Originally, yoga postures were practiced to obtain spiritual enlightenment, not for musculoskeletal health. Renunciates used their asana practice to tame their unruly flesh in order to be able to sit for excruciatingly long periods of time in meditation. Ironically, the demands of today’s technology-driven society have resulted in a similar detachment from the body.

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La gratitud que los retos pueden inspirar

Estoy segura que ya han visto o escuchado el reto de gratitud en las redes sociales. Funciona así: cada día por un periodo de tiempo fijo, escribe tres cosas por las que te sientes agradecido/a. Decidí participar en el reto con mi grupo de estudiantes de maestros de yoga en […]

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Uncovering Sorrow, Recovering Joy

In the summer of 2011, I left New York for several months and moved back to my childhood home in Wisconsin. I left to take care of my mother, who, after living 66 years of a life dedicated to loving and serving others, had opted for in-home hospice to live out the last few months of her battle with uterine cancer.

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Serratus Posterior Inferior Is A Pretty Superior Muscle

It’s true that Serratus Posterior Inferior is not the musclebrity that Serratus Anterior is.  If you read up on yoga anatomy, or take yoga from a teacher who does, you’re most likely enamored with your Serratus Anterior (a crucial scapular stabilizer in almost every inversion and arm balance).  That being said, I wouldn’t necessarily recommend writing Serratus Posterior Inferior off the A-list of muscles you should know about.

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