By Jenni Rawlings, on Yoga International
When considering shoulder alignment in downward facing dog, what are the first cues that pop into your mind? If you’re like most yogis, one of these cues is likely to be “external rotation.” With occasional exceptions, the instruction for the upper arm bone (humerus) to rotate externally in the shoulder socket (glenoid fossa) in down dog is a foundational alignment rule taught in most yoga teacher training programs.
By Ray Long MD, of The Daily Bandha
Working with the muscular stabilizers surrounding the individual joints is a central tenet of both injury prevention and rehabilitation. In this blog post we illustrate how to work with myofascial connections to protect your knee in Pigeon and Reclining Pigeon pose.
At first, we do not realise the power and the beauty of the practice to transform our lives. A few years down the line we may recognize that in fact Yoga is leading us on an amazing journey of self-discovery (recovery!).
Yoga offers this to us all, teachers or not – practices and teachings to help us become who we truly are.
In Restorative Yoga we use props such as blankets, bolsters, chairs, sandbags, eye bags and more to support us in our practice. We spend time and care setting up these props so that when we practice they support us fully and we may profoundly relax.