Tag Archive: shoulder alignment

Yogis: Please Stop Pinning Your Elbows To Your Ribs In Chaturanga (Chaturanga Part 1)

Somewhere in yoga’s lexicon this cue was born. Who knows where or when, but teachers everywhere repeat it without explanation. Maybe this alignment cue is intended to help the yoga practitioner draw strength into her midline,… Continue reading

Building Strong, Stable Shoulders Through Yoga

When I injured my neck in 2005 I learned that healthy, strong shoulders are intimately tied with neck alignment. After a slipped disc at C6-7 sent me to the doctors, I opted for using my… Continue reading

Downward Facing Dog Pose: How To Practice Safely

A few years ago, I made a rough estimate of how many Down Dogs I’d done throughout my entire yoga career. I started with an average week of practice. I multiplied by months, and then… Continue reading

The One Thing You Must Do in Low Plank

If I’m really honest, there are a whole bunch of things you need to do in Low Plank. Keep your palms pressed down, pull in your tummy and stretch back through your legs,… Continue reading

How I Avoided Spinal Surgery With Yoga

It was winter and the waves were pretty big, at least for a newbie like me. I paddled hard and pulled into the wave. The face steepened, the board pitched and I was down. The… Continue reading

How to Have Healthy Shoulders in Downward Dog

When I’m 85 years old, I want to practice Downward Dog. I want to remain limber, both mentally and physically, as I age. I want to be able to support myself and contribute… Continue reading

Plank Pose: Alignment From Tip to Tail

Instead of bad habits on repeat in Sun Salutations, go through this quick checklist for your Plank Pose. I’d suggest getting a friend to snap a pic of you or do it in front of a… Continue reading

Five Ways To Deepen Forward Folds In Yoga

Why do we want to Forward Fold? Well for one, tight legs can create problems for the low back. But also, Forward Bends encourage us to turn our awareness inwards, something that goes a long… Continue reading

One Pose Does it All (for Your Shoulders)

Many things contribute to pain and injury in the shoulders. One culprit is related to how our shoulders (and neck and head) sit in our overall posture. Most of us have a slightly rounded… Continue reading

How to Save Your Shoulders in Chaturanga Dandasana

How many times do you do Chaturanga Dandasana, Four Limbed Staff Pose or Low Plank, when you practice yoga? Practice a couple of times a week and the load on your shoulders adds… Continue reading