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What exactly does this cue mean? And is it safe? Physical therapist and yoga therapist Jennifer Chang explains.
Sometimes called “yoga butt,” Proximal Hamstring Tendonitis can hinder your life and practice. Here’s how to prevent it from happening to you and your students.
An exploration of the intention behind an anatomically incorrect instruction.
The case for keeping it simple.
Because there's more to life than hip openers.
How you engage your feet during asana practice is important for the health of your tootsies—and for establishing more balanced postures.
The way you move your shoulder joint is important for avoiding injury. Physical therapist and certified yoga therapist Rachel Krentzman breaks down how this commonly used cue can be dangerous—and tells you what to do instead.
Being upside down can shift how we view the world—literally and figuratively.
Many yoga instructors tell students to “anchor the sitting bones” in seated twists. But the key to healthy twisting is moving your pelvis.
Got back pain? Tight hip flexors could be to blame. Open them up with these four yoga poses that counterbalance the prolonged hip flexion of sitting for hours.
Use these poses to access this deep muscle, which is key for freedom and ease in the hips.
Hamstring tears and strains are common among yoga practitioners, and overstretching can make it worse. Here's how to alter your practice to ensure a speedy recovery.
Many yoga teachers and students find Down Dog uncomfortable because they hold a fundamentally flawed understanding of how the shoulder joint moves.
The vast majority of us tend to adopt this shoulders-hunched, neck-craned-forward posture regularly throughout our day thanks to our desk-bound jobs. Learn how yoga can reverse its effects.
New science tells us that our body’s connective tissue, or fascia, determines our baseline flexibility. But practicing yoga can change our muscles’ functional length and our joints’ range of motion. Here's how to use yoga to find a safe level of flexibility and stabilize your joints.
Stretch Your hamstrings, calves, back muscles, and glutes with Uttanasana.
Use yoga shapes to strengthen and stretch this important core muscle.
Feel how activating one part of your body causes a chain reaction of physical and even neurological awareness and change.
This quick anatomy lesson will help you understand both concepts and how they relate to stretching in yoga poses.
Well-trained abdominal muscles are pliable, not chiseled or hard, and adapt quickly to change.
Don’t miss these strategies for supporting spinal health and keeping pain at bay.
Exploring how your knees move can lead to a balanced relationship between stability and vulnerability, on and off the mat.
Plus, how to fix each to stay safe when you practice.
How to maintain an optimal (natural!) spinal curve to breathe better, stand taller, and sit longer—on and off your meditation cushion.
An increased awareness of the effects of gravity can help you figure out which muscles to use and which to release in order to move more deeply and more safely into a pose.
It's important to protect your wrists in any yoga pose—but Wheel Pose is notorious for causing wrist pain or soreness. Here’s how to be mindful of the risks to your wrists.
Are common cues in standing poses wreaking havoc on your knees, sacroiliac joint, and lower back? Follow this anatomy advice to find better alignment from the ground up.
Sheer muscle strength can take you far in your movement practice, but your fascia is full of potential energy just waiting to give you an extra boost.
Free your stride with this simple rhythmic flow from Karin Gurtner.
You may not be surprised to know that your hands are myofascially connected to your back. Through Bridge Pose, Karin Gurtner, who e reveals how your hands, arms, and shoulders affect the movement and alignment of your back.
With some awareness and the right exercise, aligning one will help align the other.
Yoga Anatomy 201: Tension in Your Neck and Shoulders? Why You Should Focus on Your Rib Cage for Relief
Expand the foundation of your shoulder girdle to allow your muscles to unwind.
Learn how to recruit deep core strength along with superficial, movement-oriented muscles for more power, inside and out.
Find postural ease and balance with with an exercise that helps lengthen the lumbar extensors.
Your spine may look or feel out of balance, but it could be a symptom—not the cause—of the issue.
The stability and mobility of your hips play a big role in your posture.
Strong, supportive glutes are key to a safe, pain-free yoga practice. Here’s what you need to know about the glute muscles (the gluteus maximus, medius, and minimus), plus four poses that make them stronger.
Yoga teachers are constantly telling students to "engage, "activate," or "turn on" certain muscles. New research suggests there are more effective ways to activate proper muscular engagement.
Tom Myers explains what it means to practice with a "neutral" pelvis and spine, why it's important, and how to know when you're there.
Start to understand, lengthen, and strengthen your teres major—a little-known muscle that can be the key to protecting your shoulders when you go upside down.
Understanding how you move your body using the three anatomical planes can help you get stronger, prevent injuries, and feel more balanced and grounded.
You can rock Plank pose, but did you know that your diaphragm might be your secret weapon when it comes to strengthening your core?
When an asana is out of reach, yogis frequently blame their flexibility. But Bernie Clark explains that one pose simply doesn’t fit all. So he’s laid out a road map for getting to know your own unique anatomy and determining what actually is stopping you from doing a given pose.
Flexible and strong, hamstrings are key to a healthy, happy yoga practice. Here's what you need to know in order to lengthen and strengthen these muscles.
There’s a myth that a strong muscle is a tight one, and a flexible muscle is weak. It seems counterintuitive, but identifying and strengthening weak areas can actually help tight areas release their grip. Your challenge for this week is to address one or two of your dormant areas with targeted strength work. Share your progress on social media with #YJflexichallenge for a chance to be featured on our @YogaJournal Instagram page!
Standards are nice—they make it much easier to learn how to guide students into the large number of poses taught in yoga classes, but unfortunately students are not standardized.
With so many teaching styles—not to mention so many variations on the same cues and ever-changing thinking on what’s safe and not—it can be tough to know which cues to listen to and which ones to ignore. Enter this guide: an incomplete roundup of the good, the bad, and the just plain funny.
Senior Yoga Medicine teacher Rachel Land breaks down the anatomy of fascia and four effective ways to keep it fit through yoga practice.
Want to unleash the true potential of your middle? Turns out crunches—yes, the exercise you’ve avoided for years in favor of holding Plank—are key to a stronger core and more stable yoga practice. Discover how they can serve you in every pose.
The shoulder girdle is the most mobile and arguably the most vulnerable joint in the body. Here’s what you need to know to prevent injury.
You can learn to consciously utilize muscles, like the psoas, that tend to do their own thing, and when you do, it can transform your yoga practice.