Chest opening

Chest Opening with Yoga Style Exercises

Chest Opening with Stu

It is such a common postural pattern nowadays for people to shorten the front of their body by bringing their shoulders or head forward. This can lead to neck pain, head aches and even back pain as well as reduce the quality of your breathing. Here are some simple exercises with minimal equipment that will help ease your body back to a more neutral state.

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Themed Interview with Laruga Glaser – Backbending

Backbending with Laruga Glaser

Laruga Glaser is such an inspiration for many students and so there was great excitement when we decided to do this themed interview centered around backbending. I talk to Laruga about her own backbending journey and I think you will be surprised to hear that although we may assume they come so easy for her, they are not always her favorite postures.

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How to safely Bend backwards

Simon Borg-Olivier Baddha Hasta Janu Simhasana Synergy sequence

Most modern adults tend to have very stiff middle backs (usually from about the tenth thoracic vertebra (T10) to the fourth lumbar vertebra (L4). This region (T10-L4) is stuck in a slight forward bend (spinal flexion) in many modern adults. These people usually do most of their bending backwards (spinal extension) from the very lowest part of the mobile spine at junction between the fifth lumbar vertebra and the first sacral vertebra (L5-S1). L5-S1 is usually located about 2 centimetres below the top of your hips (iliac crests).

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Opening the Heart

heartchakra

In a yoga practice much emphasis is placed on opening the heart. Opening the heart has physical, emotional, psychological and spiritual benefits.Rounded shoulders and a hunched spine are typically associated as the posture of someone who is less confident, timid, fearful or possibly depressed. We round our shoulders and stoop forward to protect our heart as we carry our emotional, psychological and/or spiritual wounds.

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