Archive: July 2015

S.T.O.P. To Cultivate Better Proprioception

S.T.O.P. To Cultivate Better Proprioception

29 July, 2015 | Posted in Lessons from the Mat, Anatomy, Yoga Tune Up®

In my last post, I talked about how my meditation practice and anatomy studies have deepened my understanding of the body and mind in ways I didn’t anticipate. One of many ways the two practices complement each other is through the body-sense of proprioception. Regardless of how coordinated or uncoordinated you already are, proprioception is a skill that can be cultivated. Things like practicing yoga regularly help, but even if you’re lucky enough to get to a 90-minute class on a daily basis that still only makes up 6% of your entire day.

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Mindfulness Meditation and Yoga Tune Up®: Match Made in Heaven

Mindfulness Meditation and Yoga Tune Up®: Match Made in Heaven

27 July, 2015 | Posted in Lessons from the Mat, Meditation + Philosophy, Anatomy, Yoga Tune Up®

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Gang Up On Your Ganglion Wrist Cyst

23 July, 2015 | Posted in Lessons from the Mat

My yoga practice has changed a lot since my early days. I’m no longer a sensation junkie and I find deep satisfaction exploring the subtleties in conscious movement. My ability to tune into my body’s subtleties has allowed me to catch any tightness in my wrists and forearms caused by prolonged computer use or a vigorous yoga practice.

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Keep Calm and Don't Plank On

Keep Calm and Don't Plank On

22 July, 2015 | Posted in Lessons from the Mat

When I first began practicing yoga 15 years ago, I was a young, enthusiastic, ex-athlete looking for a practice that could replace the hours spent running up and down a basketball court. It may come as no surprise that I found satisfaction in a dynamic Vinyasa style practice. After a few years of happily flowing through countless planks and chaturangas, I started feeling a stiffness in my left wrist. Since it didn’t hurt, I ignored it and continued planking on. It wasn’t long before my left wrist would be sore for days after a particularly vigorous practice. Despite the symptoms, I did not attempt to treat the source of my discomfort other than resting my wrist for a few days until I was once again able to put pressure on it.

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