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Shit Yogis Say

Shit Yogis Say

The latest installment of the popular ‘shit people say’ meme (like Shit My Dad Says) is Shit Girls Say. The popular Twitter account riffs on the daily chatter of gals everywhere and really took off when a video version was released in December. Canadian yoga-clothing giant Lululemon’s latest campaign is a parody of that parody, called Shit Yogis Say. Check out the following video and let us know your thoughts in the comments below!

The 12 Days of “Sustainable” Christmas

The 12 Days of “Sustainable” Christmas

The spirit of Christmas Giving, comes from opening your heart and lending a hand. The holiday season is a simple holiday for most, but for some it can feel foreboding. It is a time of giving, but for many families this simplicity is overshadowed by the consuming side of Christmas.

The Grinch said it best…

“And the Grinch, with his Grinch-feet ice cold in the snow, stood puzzling and puzzling, how could it be so? It came without ribbons. It came without tags. It came without packages, boxes or bags. And he puzzled and puzzled ’till his puzzler was sore. Then the Grinch thought of something he hadn’t before. What if Christmas, he thought, doesn’t come from a store. What if Christmas, perhaps, means a little bit more. “
– Dr. Seuss

Therefore, this holiday season “Spread a Little Cheer, for All to Hear” and give back to your community and to others, share your love of the holidays.  Free hug, a warm smile, a simple hand shake and hello, can go further then you think.

Taking that extra step and donating your monetary gift of hard work or spare a little time to work with those who may not be as fortunate and offer them the gift of empowerment. It gives families and communities the power to improve their own lives.

Sticking with the spirit of the holidays I have chosen to illuminate some of my own personal experiences around the holidays, as well as Vancouver’s amazing gift giving options with a favorite song, “The 12 Days of Christmas;” which was first published inEngland in 1780.

12 Days of Christmas Gift Giving …

“On the first day of Christmas my true love gave to me…

Upstanding values from the family tree

On the second day of Christmas my true love gave to me…

2 open arms ~ (for free hugs)

And upstanding values from the family tree

On the third day of Christmas my true love gave to me…

3 “Adopt a Project” – (Vancouver Police Foundation PALs, Hope in Shadows, Portland House Society )

2 open arms

And upstanding values from the family tree

On the fourth day of Christmas my true love gave to me…

4 Sponsored Families ~ (Presents of Peace – YWCA)

3 “Adopt a Project”

2 Open arms

And upstanding values from the family tree

On the fifth day of Christmas my true love gave to me…

5 Golden Reasons (Compassion, respect, community, integrity, accountability)

4 Sponsored Families

3 “Adopt a Project”

2 Open arms

And upstanding values from the family tree

~~~~ (keeping with the theme of the song, but shortening the scrolling feed, here are the full list of the 12 days of Christmas)

On the 12th day of Christmas my true love gave to me…

12 months of Photos ~ (buy your 2012 Hope in Shadows Calendar today)

11 Pals-a-Paling ~ ($400 raised for the Vancouver Police Foundation and VPD PALs Program)

10 Co-ops –a Coping ~ (Vision Vancouver’s low cost housing strategy for 2015 supported)

9 (99%) Occupy local markets  ~  (buy local, support fair trade consumerism)

8 Happy Jigs a Jiggin rather then rioting ~ (perform 30secs of your happy dance….mine is the Snoopy dance) 

7 dwarfs –a- ELfing ~ (Operation Elf Team 2011)

6 Cows-a -Mooing ~ (sponsored herds for small enterprise and empowerment through international development agencies like CARE Canada and Free the Children)

5 Golden Reasons ~ (Compassion, respect, community, integrity, accountability)

4 Sponsored Families ~ (Presents of Peace – YWCA)

3 “Adopt a Project” ~ (Vancouver Police Foundation PALs, Hope in Shadows, Portland House Society )

2 Open arms

And upstanding values from the family tree.”

~~~~~

I hope you all enjoyed this witty banter and I wish you all a very merry and happy Christmas holiday season.

“OM” FOR THE HOLIDAYS

“OM” FOR THE HOLIDAYS

Celebrate this holiday season, and bring well-being”om” for the holidays.

For many, the festive season is the perfect time to escape on a rejuvenating yoga retreat – either at home, or somewhere a little more warm! The dark, cold Winter months can test our bodies and minds – yet there’s plenty we can do to bolster our immune system and maximize the chance of staying healthy. As well as, maintaining a committed yoga practice, there are many ways to help yourself get through the Winter months with body and soul intact The yoga philosophy tells us, resisting something – in this case, the Winter – we have no control over only brings us pain (ahimsa).

So why not actively embrace the coming Winter – accepting the ups and downs of this Season, and opening up to its possibilities, rather than closing up against it? For some it can be a hard time to find the time, with all the hustle and bustle and swirl of commercial and social pressures. Around the holidays, you can find a heap full of stocking fun filled Yoga karma classes around town!  Sometimes, giving the gift of community and investing in a community charity project, can help remind you (and others) the meaning behind Christmas. And it’s a great way to stay in touch with your inner “santa’s little helper” and stay healthy!

Apart for yoga and community giviing, here are some tips to stay healthy and keep your well-being from getting frosty this Winter:

  • Favor a warm, nourishing diet. As human’s we’re designed to eat more in Winter, adding a few pounds without guilt! However, it must be the right types of foods to nurture whilst minimizing congestion and maximizing our immune systems. Rice, barley, rye, healthy oils (ghee, coconut, linseed, avocado, hemp, olive), and seasonal root vegetables in soups and stews are all recommended.
  • Fancy a glass of organic Merlot? The good news is that Ayurveda suggest an occasional glass of warming wine may be beneficial in Winter. You can make a warming wine punch with added cinnamon, cardamom, clove, ginger, fennel, cumin, coriander, nutmeg and black pepper.
  • Saunas, steam rooms, hot yoga and massage are key to staying warm in the winter months. Ground yourself with a massage with a warm sesame oil or olive oil followed by a warm shower/ bath to prevent feelings of coldness, and stiff, aching joints.
  • It’s a good idea to be up by 7am latest and to do some vigorous exercise to get the lymph system moving  towards preventing congestion.  Sun salutations and modified vinyasa flows are ideal as they build up heat and work all the major muscles. Add in corrective movement and you have a reciepe for endured holiday merriment!
  • Herbal help: Chyvanaprash can be taken daily to strengthen the lungs and boost the immune system. For recurrent colds, take Trikatu made of ginger, black pepper and long pepper, which dry up mucous and clear channels. It is traditionally taken with raw honey. Turmeric is a natural antibiotic for all respiratory tract infections. Boil half a cup of water with 1/2 teaspoon of turmeric, add a little milk then use as a gargle. Chew a clove a day to keep infections at bay. Raw honey (such as from your local farmers market) is also excellent for clearing mucous as its heating, drying and channel clearing. However make sure to never heat honey; Ayurveda considers this makes it toxic.
  • Every year in just about every town, unique individuals come out of the philanthropic wood word and embody the message of the holidays, by creating their own traditions—whether that means giving back to their community, reversing the swirl of over-consumption, reaching out to those overwhelmed with suffering, or celebrating the gifts of life and love.

Whatever your holiday routine is, remember to take time out to celebrate yourself and your health!

Vancouver Yoga Deals This Christmas

Vancouver Yoga Deals This Christmas

Source: http://www.myembodiment.com/tag/adoptee/

At the request of one reader last week, I attempted to furnish a list of Christmas Yoga Deals in the Vancouver area.  I say “attempted” because I didn’t have a lot of luck. Slim pickings! If you know of any others I can add to this (somewhat paltry) list, reply in the comments section below and I’ll keep it updated!

Vancouver Downtown:

None found! Gasp!

Kits/Point Grey:

Yogacara Studios (http://www.yogacarastudios.com/) – Monthly memberships for $89 (conditions apply, see website).

Broadway:

Open Door Yoga (www.opendooryoga.bc.ca) – In the month of December, start a membership (12/18 months) and receive a $50 gift certificate to give away! You get a $50 gift certificate for every 3 month pre-payment that you make.

Yoga on 7th (http://www.yogaon7th.com/)– Buy specialty gift cards for your loved ones! Yoga Gift Cards ($15; 4 class card for $60; 12 Class Card for $189). Gong meditation ($15) and Body  Rolling ($25) gift certificates also available.

Prana Yoga College (http://www.pranayogacollege.com/) – Online store has yoga resources (books, CDs, DVDs) on sale!

 

 

Getting to the “Core” of POSTURE: What’s in your “TRUNK”?

Getting to the “Core” of POSTURE: What’s in your “TRUNK”?

The root of many common limitations and injuries in yoga (sore backs, shoulders, hips, etc) often come from a lack of awareness and ability to properly engage trunk muscles and the stabilizing muscles associated with breath; which regulate intra abdominal pressure thereby leaving the joints and spine unsupported and vulnerable. You will notice that in this first sentence I have used the word “trunk” instead of core. The word core, in the fitness industry usually sends both professionals and fitness go’ers in the direction of understanding to merely include the abdominals groups (inner and outer unit etc); whereas, the word trunk brings to mind not only the core group of abdominals and pelvic stabilization muscles, but the postural muscles of the spine, serratus group associated with breath and muscle that connect the shoulders to the hips, and fascial lines. As well as, from a strength and conditioning standpoint, your trunk is your powerhouse, it’s the epicenter of  reactionary movement and control.

The various syndromes we have looked at have targeted either the shoulder girdle or the pelvic girdle, as separate syndromes so that we could portray the articulation and understanding of each classified group of breakdowns. In this article we integrate the two by showcasing the postural integration of the trunk and associated movement patterns.

One key component of movement incompetency and structural breakdowns is asymmetry. As we know the importance of identifying asymmetry and movement in competency is to avoid building stability over poor mobility. Movement incompetency may demonstrate altered motor control, a neurodevelopmental component, or regional interdependence.

When we exercise or increase mobility to an already dysfunctional joint, this creates greater dysfunction resulting in a poor outcome to treatment and possible further injury.

What’s in your trunk, and how do you screen for instability?

In the FMS screen (as mentioned previously) is a diagnostic tool for health professionals and coaches to use to screen 7 common movement patterns.  The Trunk Stability Push Up demonstrates pain, global muscle weakness, hyperextension of the lumbar spine, and “winging of the scapula”. Positive findings can indicate weak or inhibited core pelvic, and postural stabilizers including a lack of symmetrical trunk stability.

The first signs of most postural and muscular imbalance usually develop in the patient’s static pelvic positioning in tandasana (mountain pose), best while in the focus of the breath.

As in the LCS an anterior tilting of the pelvis suggests shortening of the hip flexors (iliopsoas, rectus femoris and tensor fascia lata) and/or the lumbar spinal extensors. The Posterior tilting of the pelvis suggests tightness of the hamstrings, and a lateral pelvic shifts suggests unilateral shortening of the hip adductors. Thus including weakness of the lateral pelvic stabilizers or leg length inequality; which could also be associated with lumbar motion segment pathology.

Secondarily, observing the general postural attitude, the quality of the lumbar spine lordosis and the symmetry of body landmarks and muscular contours we then can move upward and compare the quality of the spinal extensors, postural muscles in the lumbar and thoracolumbar region bilaterally. Still heading north to the shoulders and carriage of the head. Most often we have touched on rounded shoulders, and weakness in the posterior body, with concurrent tightness in the anterior body.

Predominance of the thoracolumbar musculature could suggest overactivation in gait, poor stabilization of the lumbar spine and is associated with a weak gluteus maximus, especially if you are teaching a room full of runners and cyclists in yoga.

One other focal point to compare is thoracic mobility through motion segmentation. The rib pull or arm stack variation (modified of the “T” rotation in Yoga) will indicate limitations on right and left sides, which then can lead into postural observation in the anterior body, take a peek at the abdominal wall, breathing pattern in a variation of abdominal breathing patterns standing, supine and prone. The role of the abdominal wall and what Tom Meyers calls the “Four Pillars” (for more information please revert back to my “breath for inspiration” article earlier this year) whose role in stabilization and protection of the spine is crucial.

How can we start to integrate better movement, stabilization and connection with our trunk, shoulder and hips?

Best place to start is to understand what it means to re-pattern and “clean up” asymmetries.

1. Muscle function is movement-pattern specific. Isolation does not necessarily improve integrated movement; which is why we “re-train” movement’s not specific muscle. In a stressful (i.e. survival or threatened) environment/situation, the body will always sacrifice movement quality for movement quantity. Our fascia is connected to our ANS which functions on fight or flight for protection of our body.

2. Remember that we must train the CNS (central nervous system): The brain many times, will create a mobility problem, because it’s the only option left. Movements require the communication of our CNS, the governing body which transfers impulses and motor recruitment to primitive memory banks!

3. Motor Control is key! The timing of the stabilizers with the mover muscles is the key to healthy movement quality.  Soft-core/Reactive Core (RC)/low-threshold strategy– this involves the deeper “stabilizer” muscles (aka “Inner Unit or 4 pillars) including TVA, respiratory diaphragm, pelvic diaphragm, pelvic floor, multifidus. Gray cook  calls this “tapping the breaks.”

Next, it’s easy to modify traditional Yoga postures in your class or session format. Keeping in mind you need to identify whether there is a mobility or stability breakdown in movement.

FMS integrated Yoga: Yin, Hatha & Vinyasa Focused:

  • Mobility: T-Spine Rob Pulls and Arm Stack Variations.
  • Mobility/Stability: Modified Vinyasa All fours to Plank to Downward Facing Dog with Arm Reach (Sun Salutation Series)
  • Mobility: Modified wide leg upward facing dog with transverse anterior opening sequence (Sun Salutation Series)
  • Stability: Bridge Single Leg Lock with Posterior/Pelvic Stability
  • Stability: Modified Side Plank Variations and Kneeling Side Angle to Gate Pose variations.
  • Stability: Quadruped Stability Ball Rock with Arm Raise

Next week we will dive further into posture,  structural joint integrity and once again re visit the power behind our breath. Namaste!

Christmas Yoga Deals In The Lower Mainland!

Source: http://www.vayushayoga.com/

Not sure about you, but I have a few friends and family members who might be interested in yoga, if it was free. Christmas is the perfect time to give them the gift of YOGA! Not from the Vancouver area? Want some deals in the burbs?

In the interest of helping you help your suburban potential yogi, here are a few yoga deals happening in the Lower Mainland:

Langley:

Hari Om Yoga (http://www.hariomyoga.com/) – Buy a 5 Class Card for $50! On sale now until Dec 24, this is a very reasonably priced gift for that potential yogi. All cards expire on Feb 28
(only one card can be used per person, although one person can multiples as gifts).

Bikram Yoga Langley (http://www.bikramyogalangley.com/) – Karma promo ends tomorrow!  KARMA classes! Bring a non-perishable or monetary donation with you to class. Anyone making a
donation will receive 20% off packages and memberships!

White Rock:

Live Yoga (http://www.liveyoga.ca/)– With every gift certificate of $25 or more purchased before Christmas, receive a free class! The class can be used yourself, or given away as a stocking stuffer!  Live Yoga is also hosting a Holiday Karma Yoga Class on Dec 11 from 1pm-2:15pm by donation to the Food Bank.

Surrey:

Vayusha Yoga Studio (http://www.vayushayoga.com/): In December only, buy One Month of Unlimited Yoga for $30!

Abbotsford:

Bikram Yoga Abbotsford (http://www.bikramyogaabbotsford.com/) –Buy a 40 class card for $299! Save $150! No expiry date!

Know of any other great deals for yogis? Comment below and I’ll include them next week!

Why Can’t We Just All Get Along?

I read an interesting article recently about snobbery in yoga.  Having been a Bikram yoga teacher since 2004. I have experienced my fair share of this.  It posed the question for me, why can’t we just all get along?

I completely understand why Bikram gets a bad rap.  Copyrighting yoga poses, “Mcyoga”, etc.   I have been in Bikram classes where the teacher has told students who come from other styles that they don’t practice “real” yoga.  However, the argument goes both ways.   I have been told that Bikram is not “real” yoga.  The negativty is not limited to Bikram yoga.  I have a friend who is a Yin teacher.  A Vinyasa teacher once told her that Yin is not considered yoga because the muscles are not engaged during practice.

Why all the bullying?  To paraphrase Abraham-Hicks, the more you push against something, the more you bring it into your experience.  Why can’t we just allow people to be who they are and practice the style of yoga they want to practice?  The next time you find yourself dissing a style of yoga, unpack that, really look at it.  I am sure you will find something within yourself that needs love and attention.  Yoga is good in my books, whether you want to practice Bikram, Yin, Kundalini, Iyengar, Ashtanga, etc.

I would like to know how others feel about this topic.  Any comments would be appreciated.

Namaste.

A “HIP” Guide to Happier Movement: “Corporate Syndrome”

Have you heard the common terminology “Corporate Syndrome (CS)” otherwise known as “Occupational Overuse Syndrome (OOS),” in and around your office?

There seems to be a syndrome for every possible structural breakdown, “CS and OOS” are otherwise known as a combination of the elements of upper crossed syndrome (UCS) and the lower crossed syndrome (LCS), which we have featured in the last two “HIP” guide articles to happier movement.

Uniquely classified, as in individuals who exhibit elements of both these structural breakdowns and related symptoms/physical adaptations your body undergoes as a result of being in a seated position for far too long and progressively, and/or over a long period of time.

Due to poor ergonomics, most people in these situations either find themselves learning over a desk to read, or hunched at a computer typing all day. Mostly common in the corporate cruncher, or the student.

Since, changing careers isn’t usually an option for many of us, and school requires many months, years or fine tuned learning; the natural first place to start is to assess the symptoms and level of (dis)comfort?. The physical adaptations we generally
see as a result of this repetitive seated position you are most likely to “feel”if experiencing UCS and LCS include the following:

Upper Crossed Syndrome:

  • (shoulders round forward, chest tight)
  • Upper trapezius
  •  Sub occipital (neck is very tight, with orward head carriage)
  •  Deep neck extensors
  •  Pectoralis major
  •  Levator scapulae

Lower Crossed Syndrome:

  • Hips are tight and limited external rotation)
  • Quadriceps
  • Hip Flexors
  • Hamstrings
  • Calves

The muscles that tend to be weak or lengthened include:

Upper Crossed Syndrome:

  • (postural muscles and posterior chain)
  •  Rhomboids
  •  Middle and lower trapezius
  •  Deep neck flexors
  • Scalene and deep neck flexors

Lower Crossed Syndrome:

  • (Pelvic stabilizers and posterior chain)
  • Glutes, and sub groups
  • Trunk (transverse abdominals & 4 pillars to intra abdominal pressure)

Other associated pain referral symptoms include:

  • Carpal Tunnel (forearm, and elbow pain referral)
  • Pelvic imbalances (hip hikes, anterior or posterior tilts)
  • Low back pain and SI joint pain referral

Does this sound familiar? If so proceed to the next step.

Next, take a look at your chair and workspace. This is known as postural ergonomics. Your workstation and office seating has to support your body. Historically, the word ergonomics was just another name for “Human Factors”. Today, ergonomics commonly refers to designing a workspace environment that focuses on maximizing safety and efficiency.

Biometrics and Anthropometrics play a key role and in easier terms – your workspace is designed to your mechanics and what you require to make your job easier, to keep you healthy and for long term sustainability.

 

Even though you are seated you are still dispensing energy to hold you in that frame and when the body is expected to sit in the same, uncomfortable position for periods of time the body can experience a number of negative reactions including:

  • increased compressive load on the spine and pelvis
  • reduced blood flow to muscles resulting in compression of soft tissue and associated numbness and pain
  • increased pooling of blood in the legs and feet which further reduces blood flow
  • holding the body in one position means that muscles have to contract leading to tiredness and fatigue

Ergonomic intervention can help prevent and decrease the symptoms resulting in less absenteeism, better energy throughout the day and higher productivity/efficiency. Not to mention better posture overall. Using simple materials for intervention makes it feasible for workers to modify their own workstations to gain the benefit from basic ergonomic recommendations.

Lastly,  stay active outside of work, to include regular amounts of cardiovascular work,  strength, stability and mobility sessions. Yoga has we known has many benefits beyond just flexibility, it also reduces stress, reduces tension to your muscles and skeletal frame, and allows you to focus your attention on your body, mind and spirit.

Rasa Vinyasa: Embodying the Art of Yoga with Shiva Rea

Source: www.shivarea.com

An Intensive for Those Who Drink and Savor the Juice of Life

Shiva Rea is coming to Semperviva on Dec 10-11 for a Prana Flow workshop! Here’s the info from Semperviva’s website. Buy your tickets now  – this will be a fantastic and memorable weekend!

Rasa is one of the most sublime and rich understandings of the art of transformation to emerge from Tantra, yoga, Ayurveda and the arts with many beautiful interconnected meanings. Rasa is the “essence” of any aspect of creation – the sweetness of a mango, the light of fire, the experience of one’s own intrinsic nature; it is the process of rejuvenation and alchemy within Ayurveda, and the art of divine recognition through emotional and artistic transformation as the great sage Abhinavagupta describes as the “Self tasting the Self”. Without rasa, it is said, our experience of yoga and life becomes dry, rigid, routine. Rasa as the rejuvenative juice restores our essence and enhances our moment-to-moment satisfaction in being fully alive.

Our rasa immersion is dedicated to the art of inner-outer rejuvenation by cultivating the living nectar of the heart (maharasa). Shiva will offer pranarasaflow™ – an offering of practice, teaching and living in harmony with from the nine energetic rasas of tantric arts teachings with a focus on: Vira (potency, empowerment), Sringara (sublime love), Raudra (fierce love), Hasya (Supreme Delight), Karuna (compassion) and Shanti (living peace) to bring authentic flow to your practice, teaching and life. Live music, kirtan and classical music artists energizing live drumming to sublime flute will be integrated into the Prana Flow® yoga practices led by Shiva.

Shiva will teach how to live true to your inner alchemy in the flow of life and offer the flow of yoga with a full-spectrum, rejuvenative balance.

Dates: December 10th-11th, 2011
Times: 1:00pm to 5:30pm (Saturday)
12:30pm to 4:30pm (Sunday)
Location: Semperviva City Studio
Cost: $135.00 + HST (Saturday)
$125.00 + HST (Sunday)
$225.00 + HST (weekend)
Contact: 604.739.2009
[email protected]

The Food For All Summit

The Food For All Summit

With the holiday season fast approaching.  It is a time for us to reflect and be grateful for all that we have.  Not only are we lucky enough to be able to practice yoga.  We are fortunate enough to have access to an abundance of food.  This is not the case for billions of people around the world.  On November 30th, join me for a free one-day virtual event empowering you with practical tools and inspiration to make a difference and create a world where all are fed.  Please register at foodforallsummit.com.

 

A “HIP” Guide to Happier Movement: Upper Crossed Syndrome (UCS)

To balance out our “HIP” guide to Happier Movement series, today’s feature, is yet another structural breakdown pattern we commonly see in today’s hustle and bustle of society. Whether you are an athlete, a weekend warrior or a recreational fitness enthusiast of any skill level, upper cross syndrome (UCS) and shoulder pain can affect you and they are often closely linked; no one is immune to injury.

UCS can affect your posture and the balance in your hips. UCS usually leads to a forward head posture/ head carriage, causing strain to the muscular attachments of the shoulder and shoulder blade. An anterior tilt and abduction (“flaring out”) of the
shoulder blades occurs, producing a rounded shoulder appearance, this strains postural muscles and stabilizers of the most important area of spine (and most often neglected;  which is our thoracic spine.

Overdevelopment of the postural muscles creates a deltoid shear (crossing of rotator cuff under AC joint); which can easily progress and breakdown the mechanics of the shoulder and deep arm movement patterns leading to shoulder impingement, tendonitis and even bursitis syndromes (lions, and tigers and bears – oh my).

As we know our fascial system is the third top communicator in our body, and in upper crossed syndrome it’s functionality can breakdown compromising the superficial and deep front and back lines, along with the spiral lines when there is shoulder injuries connected to the UCS.

How is upper crossed syndrome related to our “HIP” Guide?

We know that when we make positive change in one movement pattern, all other movement patterns are impacted. our fascia, muscular system, nervouse system, and eveyother system for that matter, are all connected. In UCS is very common to see pelvic instability and a reduced connection to the trunk (loss of kinesthetic awareness). Why? Because of the constant compensation and over development of the muscles in the pectoral girdle; which then transfers load and energy inconsistently through the trunk to pelvis and onward, to the lower mechanics and lastly our feet.

How can you prevent USC?

  1. Recognize, identify and transform patterns of stress and tension through re patterning techniques. Deep breathing and meditation are key to establishing new patterns beneficial to the body and mind.
  2. Learning how to avoid postures that place stress on our neuromusculoskeletal system is essential in avoiding injury and poor posture mechanics.
  3. If you sit at a desk all day or are studying regularly, take breaks often and invest in a good hatha or yin style Yoga class. By, eliminating upper back and neck and stabilizing your postural frame can support better movement patterns overall.
  4. Explore simple methods of opening and re-strengthening upper body muscles that become imbalanced due to poor sitting habits and chronic work-related postures.

Modified Thoracic Mobility Posture

Try these great corrective Yin and Hatha style Postures to help prevent UCS:

1. Rib Pull and Thoracic Mobility Rotations

2. Supine Arm Circles using a Half Foam Roller

3. Extended Child’s Pose with High Hips

4. Gate Pose & Kneeling Side Bend

5. Triangle and Dancing Warrior Series

Rock Star Yoga

Lead singer of Maroon 5 and a judge on NBC’s The Voice, Adam Levine practices yoga religiously. He credits his daily yoga routine for sharpening his mind and chiseling his body.

Recently featured in an article titled Adam Levine’s Rock-Star Yoga, found in the latest issue of DETAILS magazine, Levine shares why he turned to yoga, his essential asanas, five yoga styles he swears by, and tunes from his yoga playlist. Read the full article here, and watch his following video:

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