Could Your Yoga Be Making Your Hamstrings Tighter?

If people are stretching their hamstrings so much in Yoga, why are we still tight? Looking at the complexity of this muscle group, the hamstrings themselves are often called biarticular, or two-jointed muscles because they attach at the knee and the pelvis. Their ability to perfom at the hip depends on the position of the knee and our relationship to force | direction of force. (Kapandji, 2011) Continue Reading

Downward Facing Dog 101

Downward Facing Dog (also known as adho-mukha svanasana) is probably one of the most famous yoga poses in Western culture. This standing pose is a great strength builder for shoulder muscles, abdominals, spinal erectors, hamstrings and ankle muscles when used … Continue Reading

Plank Pose 101

Everyone knows plank pose is a challenging position. When done strategically, it requires every muscle in your body to work together. What most people don’t realize is that plank can be stressful when inappropriately progressed for certain individuals: not giving … Continue Reading

The Call to Teach Yoga is a Blessing

At Yoga Integrated Science™ Wellness Center, we are a 500 hour teacher training school with Yoga Alliance®. Being the developer of this program, I feel such gratitude that I have had the opportunity to share yoga with others and have helped to create so many fine yoga teachers out there! I am also very grateful for my teachers and mentors. They inspired me to be a mentor for others. I have been teaching nationally since 1996 and locally since 1989. As I prepare for my next 200 hour teacher training course, I wanted to share some interesting statistics about yoga as it stands in the United States today. According to the 2016 “Yoga in America Study” conducted by Yoga Journal® and Yoga Alliance®, partnering with IPSOS Public ffairs, yoga class participation in our country has increased to over 36 million in 2016, up from 20.4 million in 2012. 28% in America (IPSOS, 2016). Continue Reading