• MY WHAT-HOW-WHY-WHO APPROACH TO TEACHING | Body of Knoweldge™ Blog October 27, 2018
    I want to tell you about the what-how-why-who approach and how I use it to understand the content I share as a teacher. I'll boil it down this what-how-why-who approach into three parts: 1. Techniques - I need to know what to teach and how. 2. Concepts - I need to know the bigger picture behind why I teach these concepts. 3. Territory - I need to understand the material my teaching affects, like the human body in general, or its relevance to the unique individuals and communities I share it with. This is the who.
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  • Muscular Tension Deserves Better PR | Body of Knowledge™ Blog September 16, 2018
    Tension needs a better PR firm. It gets a bad rap in yogaland. There's an awful lot of talk about getting rid of it like holy socks, or releasing it like animals at the zoo, or letting it go like Chinese lanterns. It seems like we're always running away from tension, or running to yoga to free ourselves from it. But what do we actually mean when we talk about tension? Do we mean anxious, mental tension?
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  • I Used to Be in Pain A lot | Yoga with Resistance Bands | Body of Knowledge™ Blog August 20, 2018
    Teaching yoga asana is a tough job. A newer teacher, I learned this the hard way. Three big shifts lead me to experience chronic pain. 
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  • ARE MORE FLEXIBLE HIPS THE ANSWER? | Yoga with Resistance Bands | Body of Knowledge™ Blog August 15, 2018
    Stability and flexibility are not the same. Nor are they entirely separate variables. A majority of people who try yoga for the first time do so to get more flexible. They're on the right track! Yoga is highly effective for increasing people's flexibility.
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  • PRACTICE AND ALL MAY STILL NOT COME | Body of Knowledge™ Blog June 15, 2018
    Yogaland platitudes like, "Practice and all is coming" are really comfy words to live by, but what do they actually mean? Personally, I find them problematic because I think they bypass the importance of critical thinking and questioning what we're learning, practicing and teaching. Is it enough to just keep practicing? Doesn't it matter what and how we paractice, too? Platitudes lull us into a type of submissive conformity.
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  • ON BECOMING AN EMPOWERED EDUCATOR | Body of Knowledge™ Blog June 12, 2018

    It starts with your practice...

    I know I say it a lot, but the Yoga Tune Up® Level 1 changed my teaching. I think it’s important to add that I was ready for my teaching to change.

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  • FROM IMITATION TO INNOVATION | Body of Knowledge™ Blog May 23, 2018
    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.
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  • THE ACTUAL MEANING OF VINYASA | Ep. 17 | Body of Knowledge™ Vlog April 17, 2018
    This past weekend in the YogaWorks 200hr teacher training I’m leading we talked about the meaning of Vinyasa and how this Sanskrit word doesn’t actually translate how many think it does. Vinyasa doesn't mean ‘flow’ or ‘moving on the breath’ or ‘chaturanga, up-dog, down-dog.’
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  • CARRIER PIGEON TO EXTERNALLY LOAD YOUR OUTER HIPS | EP. 16 | BODY OF KNOWLEGE™ VLOG April 17, 2018
    Pigeon pose is one of the most popular 'hip opening' postures that yoga students love to hang out in. Meanwhile, it's unclear given all that we know and are still learning about stretching whether more flexibility gained through exploring passive range of motion (aka hanging out in a stretch) is even useful.
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  • BYE BYE YOGA BUTT, HI(GH) BRIDGE WITH RESISTANCE!| EP. 15 | BODY OF KNOWLEDGE™ VLOG February 10, 2018
    Progressive overload refers to the deliberate, gradual increase in stress placed on the body in order to facilitate an adaptive process by which your tissues change structurally and functionally to be able to meet the demands of greater and greater loads.
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  • Is Yin Yoga Bad for You? | Ep. 14 | Body of Knowledge™ Vlog January 28, 2018
    The following was a conversation between a Yin yoga teacher and I during a Body of Knowledge™️ biomechanics workshop about soft tissues, hypermobility and stretching. In it, she asked how to reconcile her new understanding of passive stretching and hypermobility with her existing understanding of the aim of Yin yoga.
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  • Monster Walks for Hip and SI Joint Stability | Ep. 13 | Body of Knowledge™ Vlog November 28, 2017
    In this episode of the Body of Knowledge™ video blog I share a wonderfully simple and potent exercise called Monster Walks! All you need is a stretchy band and some space to walk around like the spawn of a land crab and benevolent zombie! Cute!
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  • 360° Hip Strength and Coordination with Static Circumduction! | Ep. 12 | Body of Knowledge™ Vlog October 7, 2017
    Instead of doing passive stretching to alleviate your 'hip tightness' try doing exercises that stabilize your hips. Static Circumduction is one of my signature moves that I love teaching to help prep the hips for better reflexive strength and coordination.
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  • What to Do about ‘Tightness’? | Ep. 11 | Body of Knowledge™ Vlog October 7, 2017
    The sensation of tightness or muscle tension is a sensation that yoga students frequently explore through passive stretching in order to alleviate 'tightness' that they feel around their shoulders, hips, or back. Is passive stretching the best solution for tightness?
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  • Osteokinematics vs. Arthokinematics | Ep. 10 | Body of Knowledge™ Vlog August 22, 2017
    Joint movement can be described in 2 main ways. Osteokinematic movement is the movement of your body parts and it's clearly visible to the naked eye. Arthrokinematic movement is movement that happens inside your joint capsules and cannot be seen.
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  • Stretching : Rigidity vs. Extensibility | Ep. 9 | Body of Knowledge™ Vlog May 29, 2017
    In this episode, I touch on the biomechanics of stretching and explore some of most important soft tissue properties to know about – rigidity and extensibility. These properties, and their relationship to flexibility and mobility, are extra important to understand if you are interested in a sustainable yoga practice that keeps your body functionally healthy for years to come.
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  • Active Range in Sliding Lunge | Ep. 8 | Body of Knowledge™ Vlog May 29, 2017
    In this episode we’ll take a look at a common yoga pose, low lunge, or anjaneyasana. We’ll look specifically at two ways that you can practice this pose. One way is more of a passive approach that biases and exploits flexibility, while the other way is more active and seeks to increase strength and coordination within the deeper ranges of motion it dynamically explores.
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  • Stretching: Mobility vs. Flexibility | Ep. 7 | Body of Knowledge™ Vlog May 29, 2017
    A majority of people who try yoga for the first time do so because they want to get more flexible. One of yoga's benefits is that it is a highly effective practice for increasing range of motion. But why do we want to increase range of motion at our joints and is it as important to our musculoskeletal health as we think it is? This episode explore some of the language used around stretching - namely the terms flexibility, mobility and stability.
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  • Chaturanga-Less Sun Salute – A Silent Tutorial | Ep. 6 | Body of Knowledge™ Vlog January 19, 2017
    Enjoy my latest Body of Knowledge™ video blog - a Chaturanga-Less Sun Salute! Joint centration is the ideal balance between the muscles that mobilize and stabilize as well as the agonists and antagonists of a joint. Centration implies that all the muscles that surround the joint have balanced their tension in order to hold the bony surfaces of the joint together for maximum surface contact.
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  • Bone Rhythms : Self-Adjust Back Leg in Triangle | Ep. 5 | Body of Knowledge™ Vlog January 19, 2017
    In episode 5 of the Body of Knowledge™ video blog, we apply knowledge of bone rhythms (learned in episode 3) by using a belt around the back thigh in order to more clearly sense pelvic and spinal rotation in triangle pose.
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  • Bone Rhythms, Part 3 | Ep. 4 | Body of Knowledge™ Vlog September 6, 2016
    Take your body out from between ‘two panes of glass’ and stop squaring your curved pelvis in triangle pose. In part 3 of the Bone Rhythms Trilogy, this Body of Knowledge™ vlog raises your awareness of the action and position of rotation at your hip joints in triangle – specifically how pelvic position is important for avoiding repetitive stress injuries to the connective tissues of your front hip and knee.
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  • Bone Rhythms : Self-Adjust Front Hip in Triange | Ep. 3 | Body of Knowledge™ Vlog August 10, 2016
    I sometimes call triangle pose Bermuda Triangle because proprioception, sense of direction, and the ability to hold oneself up muscularly instead of collapsing into joint tissues all seem to mysteriously disappear in this shape. In this Body of Knowledge™ vlog post, I show a simple self-adjustment to tactilely clarify movement from the hip joints & work more core stability in the pose. I learned this many years ago and it still proves very useful!
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  • Bone Rhythms, Part 2 | Ep. 2 | Body of Knowledge™ Vlog August 1, 2016
    In part 2 of the bone rhythms trilogy, we take a look at triangle pose and how knowledge of coupled movements can clarify what you feel and see happening in this sneakily complex posture. We discuss two different approaches to triangle pose and how to couple or uncouple (that is the question!) movements between the thigh, pelvis and low back.
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  • Bone Rhythms, Part 1 | Ep. 1 | Body of Knowledge™ Vlog July 6, 2016 Laurel bone rhythms
    This is the first Body of Knowledge™ video blog about bone rhythms of the thigh, pelvis and low back. In this video we take a look at a squat and fetal position to understand femoropelvic and lumbopelvic rhythms. Bone rhythms (or coupled movements) are great to know about for anticipating how some patterns of human movement need to be reorganized in scenarios like squats.
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  • Introduction | Body of Knowledge™ Vlog July 5, 2016 Laurel introduces Body of Knowledge video blog
    In this blog intro, I share my intention for the Body of Knowledge™ video blog. Namely, it is to share with you some of the questions I love to wrestle with as a student of what I teach - movement, anatomy, biomechanics and the courage to remain curious.
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