Posts Tagged: Chest

New: Core Strength for Real People: Stretch Your Front

The first of this odd-numbered month means a new video is up at Core Strength for Real People. This one is not for core strength, but for core release. If you get enthusiastic about ab exercises, you can get too tight across the front of your body, putting extra pressure on your back. The stretches… Read more »

Reblog: Hunchback, Begone! Relief for Your Upper Back, Part 1

Here’s a piece I wrote for Yoga for Aging Athletes in reply to the Buzzfeed hunchback incident. Let’s talk about the hunch! It’s been on my mind both over time—I have a prominently rounded, or kyphotic upper back, and have since childhood (one doctor called it “front to back scoliosis,” not what you want to hear… Read more »

Read: Yoga for CrossFitters

My latest piece for Yoga Journal suggests some poses to counter front-of-the-body tightness created by heavy lifting (or a lot of sitting). Weightlifting and CrossFit can be a great way to develop full-body strength. While CrossFit pays attention to mobility, it’s still easy to incur imbalances in the body—especially when you head to a desk and sit for… Read more »

Watch: Yoga for Athletes Short Practice: Open Heart

My latest class for YogaVibes is a chest- and hip-stretching, heart-opening practice for athletes, chair sitters, and everyone. Yoga Class Description In this short online yoga class for athletes, chair sitters, and everyone, we focus on opening the front of the chest and hips. Relax into both supported and active backbends as you address all… Read more »

Practice: Yoga for Swimmers

Thanks to my friends at prAna and YogaVibes, you can enjoy this FREE 30-minute video with easy yoga poses targeting the back, chest, and shoulders. It’s perfect for swimmers—and it includes a swimming-specific breath exercise—but it is also appropriate for anyone. The poses are simple and held for a while, so you don’t need any… Read more »

Active Yogi: Twist and Squat

This is as close to catchy headline writing as I’ll get: “Twist and Squat,” my latest post for Active Yogi, my Yoga Journal blog. Depth in a squat, as in every asana, is dependent on both your soft tissue and your skeleton. While the model (my handsome husband, Wes) wouldn’t self-identify as flexible, he’s a… Read more »