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Hip Extension

In my post in January I highlighted the effect that our modern lifestyle has on a very important movement of the hip called “extension”. Hip extension (pic 2) is critical, as both a supporting faculty for the spine, as well as the mechanics of human gait.

About 80% of all people report having Low Back pain at some point in their lives (pic 3-5). It is also one of the most costly medical interventions in our society, right behind diabetes and cardiovascular disease.

The habitually shortened state of the Psoas muscles (hip flexors) is one of the most central culprits in the lack of mobility in hip extension.

Unlike any of the other muscles in the entire muscular system, the Psoas also interacts with the respiratory system. The main muscle of breathing, the respiratory diaphragm, shares some of its tissue with the Psoas, which essentially means that the health and function of the Psoas intersects with the health and function of the breath, and vice versa. This points...

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Visual Etiquette

As nearly all Yoga enthusiasts will agree, the practice of posture and breathing greatly helps to provoke the actualization of the essential aim of Yoga to quieten the mind. Understandably so, since a lack of health and fitness in the various systems of the human embodiment can be an energetic/caloric drain on the whole person.
A profoundly overlooked and understated sense that we possess, and one which plays a central role in our practice, as well as everyday life, is Vision.
The late great BKS Iyengar rightly described that the “eyes are the index of the mind”.
One of my most influential teachers, Richard Freeman, was a poet of the art of intriguing the student to apply a certain attitude to the eyes, as a magnet that will carry one’s attention into the body, and the universe of insight available therein. No one ever before, or since, have I heard extend this invitation, live or on digital audio, in the same infectious way.
Our vision is one of the most accurate,...

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