Author Archives: Laurel

Shut Up and Yoga | But is that Even Yoga?

As a yoga teacher, I share a wide variety of movements in my classes: self-massage using therapy balls, interdisciplinary movement inspired by systems like Pilates, Feldenkrais, and weight-training, plus (surprisingly hard) developmental movements we, humans, tend to forget once we grow up (think: crawling, squatting, rolling over). These modalities gave […]

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BACK-BENDING OR FLAT-BENDING? | Body of Knowledge™ Blog

I’m gonna cut to the chase here. The thoracic spine can’t bend backwards. At all. This means the common cue in backbends that we should ‘backbend from the thoracic spine’ conveys more a sense of direction for this region of the spine, rather than a target position. Ultimately, in a backbend, our whole spine extends. […]

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FROM IMITATION TO INNOVATION | Body of Knowledge™ Blog

When I was a 200hr trainee, my trainers taught me that on the path to learning to teach, there are three stages: imitation, integration, and innovation. Imitation Yoga teachers learn to teach in the beginning mostly by imitating their teachers and following ‘the rules’ of the method. This makes sense. According to […]

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Nostalgia: El jardín inglés de las emociones

¡La primavera finalmente ha brotado! El fin de semana pasado disfruté plantar caléndulas e impatiens en jardineras de ventana con mi esposo, Nathan – fue nuestro primer intento de jardinería al aire libre, urbana. Estoy bastante impresionada con nuestra obra (bien, debo aceptar que él hizo la mayoría de las […]

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Uplifting News for Depressed Shoulders (4/6) | Refining Upward Rotation | Written for YTU Blog | May 2015

In my last post, I deconstructed scapuloclaviculohumeral rhythm, the co-movement of the bones of the shoulder (humerus, clavicle and scapula) during movement. To more thoroughly understand scapuloclaviculohumeral rhythm, it’s helpful to understand a big-picture role of the scapula in the overhead position. When the arms move overhead, the scapula guides the arm bone.

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Uplifting News for Depressed Shoulders (1/6): Parampara or a Long Game of Telephone? | Written for YTU Blog | May 2015

Originally, yoga postures were practiced to obtain spiritual enlightenment, not for musculoskeletal health. Renunciates used their asana practice to tame their unruly flesh in order to be able to sit for excruciatingly long periods of time in meditation. Ironically, the demands of today’s technology-driven society have resulted in a similar […]

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La gratitud que los retos pueden inspirar

Estoy segura que ya han visto o escuchado el reto de gratitud en las redes sociales. Funciona así: cada día por un periodo de tiempo fijo, escribe tres cosas por las que te sientes agradecido/a. Decidí participar en el reto con mi grupo de estudiantes de maestros de yoga en […]

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Uncovering Sorrow, Recovering Joy

In the summer of 2011, I left New York for several months and moved back to my childhood home in Wisconsin. I left to take care of my mother, who, after living 66 years of a life dedicated to loving and serving others, had opted for in-home hospice to live out the last few months of her battle with uterine cancer.

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