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12 Yoga Poses To Undo The Damage Of Your Desk Job

12 Yoga Poses To Undo The Damage Of Your Desk Job

Commented Aug 10, 2013 at 07:27:29 in Healthy Living

“If sitting is the New Smoking, why perform yoga poses that are imitating sitting, like Downward Facing Dog, Standing Forward Fold, Child's pose? Where is the logic in that? Look carefully at those poses they are rounding the back,shortening the front of the body, compressing the spine, and inhibiting breathing, looks a lot like sitting/forward bending poses to me. In my perspective for the safety of people wanting to practice yoga, the yoga world needs to look at and re-examine forwarding bending poses that are adding tension and stress to the body. As a yoga teacher it is my responsibility to teach poses that maintain the 4 curves of the spine, allows the student to take a deep rib cage breath, and mimics real life functional movement. Why do poses that are doing damage caused by sitting at the desk job?”

wtf is this on Aug 10, 2013 at 16:32:01

“I've never confused a downward dog with sitting & I find it a great all over stretch & a challenge for most of us. The cobra takes it in the other direction.
What poses would you recommend?”
Bikram Sexual Harassment Scandal Rocks Yoga Community After Bikram Choudhury Is Slapped With Lawsuit (VIDEO)

Bikram Sexual Harassment Scandal Rocks Yoga Community After Bikram Choudhury Is Slapped With Lawsuit (VIDEO)

Commented Mar 30, 2013 at 01:16:16 in Crime

“So do I! She is so brave because of his immense oppressive power he wields over his minions. It is so sad that she could not get any support from other Bikram teachers! This type of behavior is unacceptable and must be stopped immediately! Most of us have heard about these stories of abuse, and how they been going on for years, it finally caught up with him. This is non- thinking behavior towards another human, it is wrong. Thanks for sharing Michaelle and Suza for agreeing.”
Overweight Soldiers Booted For Failing Military Fitness Tests: Report

Overweight Soldiers Booted For Failing Military Fitness Tests: Report

Commented Dec 31, 2012 at 14:25:09 in Healthy Living

“My EZ Run Belt does three things: 1) Increases endurance 2) Increases speed 3) reduces injury.
Checkout the scientific study done at West Point Academy on Chronic exertional compartment syndrome at www.ezrunbelt.com Joe Sparks”
Rodney Yee and Colleen Saidman Yee on Finding Your Inner Yoga

Rodney Yee and Colleen Saidman Yee on Finding Your Inner Yoga

Commented Dec 23, 2013 at 17:06:55 in Healthy Living

“Very good article! Glad to see two well known yoga teachers saying yoga is not about putting your foot behind your shoulders. "That you can simply focus on just feeling the beautiful movement and coordination and rhythm that's available within these boundaries". And that the essence of yoga is, it is it is a healing art, not a performing art. I have studied yoga with Michaelle Edwards a blogger on Huffington Post, and well known yoga teacher, and author of YogAlign- "Pain-Free Yoga From Your -Inner Core." Her philosophy is very similar, by listening to the breath to inform the body how to move with effortless effort. Yoga is not suppose to hurt. It is about self-care and the practice of loving kindness towards ourselves.”
Yoga Poses That Can Hurt You

Yoga Poses That Can Hurt You

Commented Oct 29, 2013 at 11:16:19 in Healthy Living

“Hi Jonathon, I teach Pose Method of Running and Walking. Our Perspective is a little different. The following premises basically define the major requirements to efficient walking technique.
Fall forward only from the ball of the foot.
Don’t push off with the support leg or foot.
Keep knees very slightly bent or just not locked.
Touch the ground with the rear part of the foot, but then quickly transfer the body weight on the ball of the foot.
Pull the support foot from the ground and bring the swing leg to midstance (Walking Pose) to fall forward again.
Increase your walking speed by leaning forward more and more often by changing support quicker.
Keep your body straight, arms bent in elbows according to your speed and stride frequency.
Avoid efforts beyond necessary to keep your body on support and to change support.
Do not bend in your hips. Strong and formed hips (position and strength) are the base of efficient falling and changing support.
Do not worry about stride length – it is a function of leaning forward. Checkout this video .http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rhi-1MY3M0g
Yoga Poses That Can Hurt You

Yoga Poses That Can Hurt You

Commented Oct 16, 2013 at 13:42:51 in Healthy Living

“I teach and practice YogAlign at my Yoga studio, in NW Ohio. Michaelle Edwards is coming November 9th-16th for a 1 day workshop and Level 1 YogAlign teachers training to teach the YogAlign Method.
My number 1 priority for my students is safety! So, If you want to learn pain- free yoga from your inner core, please join us. Go to www.yogalign.com Thanks Michaelle we need more people like you!”
Am I Too Big For Yoga?

Am I Too Big For Yoga?

Commented Aug 27, 2013 at 06:55:21 in Canada British Columbia

“In my perspective,it seems a lot of yoga is about what poses a person can perform, instead of healing and strengthening the body and mind. Bending over and forcing yourself to fold in half with straight legs is not a sign of flexibility, its actually is a liability to the hips, knees and spine. Teaching poses that go against the natural design of the spine is confusing, because pushing the body out of alignment creates the tension you are trying to release coming to yoga. If you want a wider perspective on yoga, read William Broad's book, THE SCIENCE OF YOGA-The Risks and the Rewards. I love teaching yoga, but my students safety is the most important part of teaching. Teaching folks poses that are anatomically questionable, is that the way we want to go? We know a lot more now about the body, we need to teach poses that encourage folks to take care of their health, so they are not easily discouraged because they cannot put their legs behind their head. That is a confusion on our parts, not the students, because we should not be training people to be gymnasts, or contortionists. Anyone would feel bad, regardless of size, we need to re-think about what we are teaching.”
Hate the Gym? 11 Crazy Alternatives to Get in Shape

Hate the Gym? 11 Crazy Alternatives to Get in Shape

Commented Apr 24, 2013 at 22:20:27 in MarloThomas

“Non-traditional yoga method called YogAlign with it's pain-free postures that mimic functional movement not dysfunctional poses that put the body in unnatural right angles, it is part of the tide of natural functional movement.
In running, It started with Pose Method of Running, Evolution, Chi, barefoot running are part of this natural running movement. YogAlign is leading the way. If you interested in getting flexible and strong practicing yoga without hurting your back. Learn more by going to www.manayoga.com
Life After 50: The Measure Of A Woman

Life After 50: The Measure Of A Woman

Commented Apr 10, 2013 at 09:27:58 in Fifty

“Apparently every age is a good age to be if the individual is surviving well, is learning new things, and is being treated with respect. Any mistreat directed toward a person of a certain age is oppression and is non- survival fort both the person being mistreated and the person acting out the irrational behavior. Thanks, Older and Bolder!”
huffingtonpost entry

Physician Heal Thyself: An Interview with Yoga's Michaelle Edwards

Commented Mar 31, 2013 at 11:38:01 in Healthy Living

“Hi Jon,
Here is an interesting perspective for you. The way yoga is being taught reminds me of how we warp animals to get them to do things they were not meant to do. Circus animals come to mind, elephants, cute little dogs, seals at Sea World. Once you stop teaching them these fancy tricks, they go back to being the creatures evolution designed them to be. We are finally facing that this cruelty must stop to animals. It is harmful and these creatures deserve to be treated with respect.
We need to stop warping humans into shapes or movements our bodies were not meant to be in. I know of lots of people in the running world once they stopped heel-striking their pain went away. I teach the Pose Method of Running and invented a product , " ez run belt" that transitions runners from heel striking to running on the balls of the foot. We were not meant to run on our heels, thick cushioned shoes have warped people's perception of running, the same with taking yoga. We need to take an intelligent approach to yoga, like YogAlign, were we do not have to give up something we love doing, we just need to figure out how to get the word out about YogAlign so millions of people can experience how pain- free yoga can be!”
huffingtonpost entry

Physician Heal Thyself: An Interview with Yoga's Michaelle Edwards

Commented Mar 26, 2013 at 00:22:44 in Healthy Living

“It would be a big mistake to not have Michaelle Edwards be part of your panel discussion in April. She brings a vast wealth of knowledge and experience on yoga safety, proper biomechanics, how the Fascial system relates to posture, numerous case studies of correcting poor body mechanics in clients, that will contribute greatly to your discussion. The yoga community must take a serious look at this issue, and find concrete answers to the rapid increase in yoga related issues. Especially the increase in hip replacements in our population and in yoga teachers. Michealle has valid and important information to share about posture and functional movement. She is only trying to help move the yoga community forward. We all need to protect our students from injury. Joe Sparks”
huffingtonpost entry

Physician Heal Thyself: An Interview with Yoga's Michaelle Edwards

Commented Feb 26, 2013 at 18:17:03 in Healthy Living

“Checkout the book: YOGABODY--The Origins of Modern Posture Practice--Author Mark Singleton
Go to page 60. You will see a Montage from Thomas Dwight's " Anatomy of a Contortionist," Scribner's Magazine, April 1889, and B.K.S. Inyengar's Light on Yoga 1966, eerily performing the exact same poses, and this was before photoshop! These photos look like they have very little functional value to anyone who is NOT a contortionist. Who is distorting who in these photos?”
huffingtonpost entry

Physician Heal Thyself: An Interview with Yoga's Michaelle Edwards

Commented Feb 23, 2013 at 20:13:25 in Healthy Living

“Hi, I posted the wrong website. Michaelle Edwards website is: www.manayoga.com/ The YogAlign Method

Joe Sparks”
huffingtonpost entry

Physician Heal Thyself: An Interview with Yoga's Michaelle Edwards

Commented Feb 23, 2013 at 04:57:38 in Healthy Living

“Thanks Stewart for interviewing Michaelle Edwards and her YogAlign method. The yoga world needs to seriously look at this issue around millions people getting hurt practicing these so called traditional poses. I would love to see a Scientific study done comparing YogAlign poses to traditional poses to see which one is better for your body. Also, before anyone can criticize Michealle's postures, they need to try them first, and then give a proper evaluation, otherwise it is just an opinion. Go to her website, www.mana.com and look at her postures and look at the traditional poses, you tell me which ones look painful to you. Just by looking you can see the difference, imagine how much better you would feel by doing them. Michaelle is on to something that is helping lots of people and potential millions more. Sorry, lots of folks feel duped and invested a lot of time in doing something wrong. If you love yoga and you are getting hurt, and have to stop and heal yourself, here is an opportunity try to something that might help you. If anything we need to thank Michaelle for coming up with a solution that needs to be seriously looked at. Joe Sparks”

hp blogger Stewart J. Lawrence on Feb 23, 2013 at 17:21:39

“Thanks a lot, Joe. I think the website might be www.manayoga.com. Stewart”
huffingtonpost entry

Yoga Science and Yoga Hype: Is Tara Stiles Guilty of Medical Quackery?

Commented Feb 12, 2013 at 13:42:21 in Books

“It is totally amazing how clueless the yoga world is about the importance of bio-mechanics, posture, functional movement and alignment as it relates to human anatomy. It seems a like yoga is about performing poses, that make no functional sense to the body, instead of focusing on good standing posture in every pose and full deep rib-cage breathing. How many teachers mention the role gravity plays on our alignment and structure. Glad to see their are teachers out there like Michealle Edwards--with her YogAlign Method, a safe and effective way to practice yoga. I am looking forward to learning YogAlign, because it is my responsibility as a yoga teacher to protect and educate my students from hurting themselves. Joe Sparks”
The Science of Pet Peeves: Yoga's Latest War of Words

The Science of Pet Peeves: Yoga's Latest War of Words

Commented Jan 29, 2013 at 13:35:02 in Healthy Living

“Hi, I agree with Michaelle Edwards, we need to discuss and look at how dangerous some of these yoga poses are on the body, especially low back and knees. I injuried my knee doing some of these tradtional poses. People will get hurt until we understand more about natural alignment of the spine. Yoga is a skill and safety must be the number one priority for our students. I have learned so much from reading and practicing from Michealle's book YogAlign. Every Yoga teacher, needs look at what she has figured out about the structure of the body. Traditional Downward Dog with heels on the ground, will only hurt your back!
I teach running as a skill. Ten years ago, I learned the Pose Method of Running from Dr. Romanov. A knee injury forced me to stop. Little did I know all those years of being told to heel-strike was destabilizing my knee joint. Once I started running with my knees bent and on the balls of my foot, my pain went away. I ran faster and longer without getting hurt! The running world and shoe companies have slowly started changing because runners like myself stopped buying thick cushioned shoes. The same thing will happen with Yoga, people will get tired of hurting themselves and look for yoga that will not hurt them or do something else. We have the responsibilty to teach them the right way to practice yoga. Thanks Michaelle for leading the way!”
The Science of Pet Peeves: Yoga's Latest War of Words

The Science of Pet Peeves: Yoga's Latest War of Words

Commented Jan 29, 2013 at 10:48:50 in Healthy Living

“I agree with Michaelle Edwards, and her YogAlign method, we need to take a look at the bio-mechanics of each pose. We need to set a standard for proper alignment and efficiency. Safety has to the number one concern for our students. Gravity plays a major role in our lives. We need to create a standard so that each pose creates the least amount of effort based on functional movement and our interaction with Gravity. It has taken about 10 years for the running world to start slowly promoting a natural running movement on the ball of the foot. We all were taught to run on the heels, which caused massive amounts of injuries. The best runners work with gravity not against it. Like Michaelle Edwards said, it does not make any sense to walk or run with straight leg and land on the heels. We need to evolve and change our thinking about the yoga poses we are teaching. I think Michealle Edwards with her YogAlign Method is on the right tract. www.yogalign.com
From Seed to Plant: Yoga and the New Anatomy of Interconnectedness

From Seed to Plant: Yoga and the New Anatomy of Interconnectedness

Commented Jan 25, 2013 at 10:54:58 in Healthy Living

“Hi, All you yoga students and teacher out there please check out Michaelle Edwards, author of YogAlign. In her yoga book, she uses the work of Tom Myers, and his theory of the fascia trains and the idea of tensegrity as the major determinant of our structural patterning. I love this book, it really is making a huge difference in my life, and how I teach and practice yoga. Yoga teachers and bodyworkers need this information. This is life changing. This is taking yoga into the 21st Century! Thanks Michaelle and Tom!”
From Seed to Plant: Yoga and the New Anatomy of Interconnectedness

From Seed to Plant: Yoga and the New Anatomy of Interconnectedness

Commented Jan 25, 2013 at 09:56:07 in Healthy Living

“" Since Victorians walked around with books on their heads, good 'carriage' or good posture has fallen out of favor. But that does not mean it has fallen out of importance: it is the place from which we move. 'Acture' ( a better word for it-posture in action) needs to be reinterpreted anew for an electronic generation. Michaelle Edwards bases her YogAlign system on sound principles, with practical and useful exercises and awarenesses. This book is a useful tool for Yoga teachers, as well as a good adjunct for bodyworkers."
Tom Myers, author of Anatomy Trains and Fascial Release for Structural Balance”
huffingtonpost entry

What You're Good at May Not Be Good for You

Commented Nov 5, 2012 at 05:25:51 in Healthy Living

“Very good article! Over the last 20 years,I have been following a very similar path as yours, I call it recovering the inherent truth about myself and everyone else. I use the word; flurishing! What I do is time travel back to the past, going back and fighting for myself, while remembering I am completely loved and wanted in the present. Because I was vulnerable to these hurts as a little one, the effects on my mind were damaging and I paid a huge cost by going to survival mode, "being a big boy." Now I live my life on my terms, pleased and relaxed with myself. Every day I wake up, I ask myself, "what do I want?" Coming from a place of loving myself, like when I was that little one.Yea me!
Thanks for sharing!”
Love Yourself Before You Love Others

Love Yourself Before You Love Others

Commented Oct 29, 2012 at 05:52:56 in Healthy Living

“The cool thing about love is; no one can stop you from loving anyone, even if they do not love you back. Ouch!
I think we started out loving ourselves, which makes total sense. But the hurts we aquired growing up from the adults in charge was not so loving. Very confusing if you do not get a chance to recover from the damage. Most folks do not feel very lovable, so sad.
Bottom line is--we aways have the freedom to give love by decision, while to achieve the receiving of love may require considerable work on others' patterns as well as ones' own.
Thanks!”
Dying Parent: Must She Visit An Abusive Father In Hospice?

Dying Parent: Must She Visit An Abusive Father In Hospice?

Commented Oct 20, 2012 at 06:15:24 in Fifty

“It sounds like SH is in no shape to go herself and needs someone in her life who can think well of her, instead of her trying to get her frozen needs met of a father who was never there for her. SH guilt sounds like a little girl blaming herself for her parents breakup and abandonment of her. She is just confusing feeling bad with being bad. She needs help with her feelings. If she could somehow manage to go see her father, she needs to not go alone and bring support for herself, because he is not going to have any attention for her now. This would most likely bring up old feelings about her father not being there for her when she needed him the most. She needs to be kind and gentle with herself. The best thing she can do is live a good life.”
The Language of Fear

The Language of Fear

Commented May 25, 2012 at 16:17:26 in Healthy Living

“Most of our fears are old. Most of us have been throughly trained to not show fear, starting, when we were little. By the time we are adults, we have become numb and avoid anything that will kick up those feelings. We need to re-learn how to show fear, instead of letting it shut us down.”
Fear Won't Go Away ... But We Can Change How We React

Fear Won't Go Away ... But We Can Change How We React

Commented May 19, 2012 at 08:24:57 in Healthy Living

“Most fears are old fears, like worry. Until you get a chance to feel those old fears, they will bother you. Most of our fears are past down from well meaning adults who acted out their fears on us, when wew were kids, as an attempt to protect us. This has been going on since we have been humans, it had huge survival value back then, now it has become patterned behavior. Our modern cultures have inhibited us from feeling our feelings, i.e. big boys don't cry, dont' be afraid of spiders, etc. We have been told it is not okay to feel our feelings. It is a big mistake, we can't think well when we are not allowed to feel our feelings. We all have been left alone with these feelings, if we can get someone to be pleased and relaxed with us, and listen to us we can drain all those old fears. Most everyone feels disconnected, these feelings are a lie. The truth is we are all connected, we are precious beyond measure.”
Art Of Attention: Misconduct In The (Yoga) World

Art Of Attention: Misconduct In The (Yoga) World

Commented Feb 23, 2012 at 06:07:45 in Healthy Living

“A key function of a leader, begun immediately on assuming leadership, is the training of one's replacements and reinforcements.”

Heavenhound on Feb 23, 2012 at 09:38:25

“True, and this sometimes goes disastrously wrong, as it did in the case of Swami Rajneesh.”
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