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I teach anatomy for yoga and movement teachers around the world...

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Upcoming workshops

Weekly anatomy classes

The Shala, 815 Broadway, New York, NY

Thursdays, 10:30am-12pm

January 12 Adho mukha svanasana (down dog)

January 19 Chaturanga dandasana

January 26 Virabhadrasana (warrior) 1

February 9 Virabhadrasana (warrior) 2

February 16 Padmasana (lotus)

March 9 Ardha matsyendrasana (seated spinal twist)

March 16 Urdhva dhanurasana (wheel)

March 23 Sirsasana (headstand) March 30

Salamba sarvangasana (shoulderstand)

April 6 Ujjayi pranayama (victorious breath)

Teacher's enhancement: Adjusting forward bends

Kaia Yoga, Greenwich, CT

Thursday, January 5, 2-5pm

Teacher's enhancement: Adjusting backbends

Kaia Yoga, Westport, CT

Wednesday, January 18, 11am-2pm

Anatomy teacher's enhancement: Legs and spine

Kaia Yoga, Darien, CT

Thursday, February 2, 5:30-8:30pm

Anatomy teacher's enhancement: Breathing

Kaia Yoga, Westport, CT

Wednesday, February 15, 11-2pm

Yoga anatomy course

Yoga Madhya, Osaka, Japan

Wednesday, April 19

10-11:30am Vinyasa/hatha open level class

12:30-7pm Anatomy of the foot, ankle, knee and hip

Thursday, April 20

10-11:30am Vinyasa/hatha open level class

12:30-7pm Anatomy of the hip and spine

Friday, April 21

10-11:30am Vinyasa/hatha open level class

12:30-6pm Introduction to yoga physiology

Saturday, April 22

12:30-7pm Anatomy of the shoulder, elbow and wrist

Sunday, April 23

Bandha workshop

Pranayama workshop

Recent blog posts

Pull ups and yoga

Pull ups and yoga: An important movement most yogis miss out on

Pull ups and yoga: Are you missing out? If you only practice yoga, you’re probably missing out on an important type of movement that can help you find more balanced strength and stability in your shoulders—upper body pulling exercises. While yoga helps develop upper body pressing strength–with poses like down dog, handstand and arm balances–it does […]

Yoga @ Sunset

How does stretching make you more flexible?

How does stretching make you more flexible? Intuitively, it seems that it must have something to do with your muscles—that they must lengthen or that the tissue must become more pliable over time. Yet, as we’ve seen, the evidence doesn’t bear that out. Stretching makes muscle tissue more pliable in the short term, but those […]

Glutes and hip pain in yoga

The glutes and hip pain in yoga

“Don’t contract your glutes.” I’ve heard this instruction many times from yoga teachers, especially during backbending poses, but it’s always puzzled me. The gluteus maximus – the large muscle of your buttocks — is the prime mover in actions that require hip extension against gravity, such as climbing stairs or standing up from a squat. […]

Yoga anatomy video: Knee hyperextension

Just put up another video from the yoga therapy workshop series on the knee that I’ve been teaching at the Shala. This one is on knee hyperextension in standing. I’ll be doing one more class on the knee, focusing on meniscus injuries, Tuesday, February 25, 1:35pm at the Shala, 815 Broadway, NYC.

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Celestial cycles, health and yoga (wow!)

Today is the new year, although personally I think of the winter solstice as the real start of the year. From that point until the summer solstice, the days get longer and the nights shorter (at least for those of us in the northern hemisphere). That’s probably only the most trivial way in which we […]

Structure of skeletal muscle

What happens when you stretch a muscle? (Part 2)

In the previous post in this series, I described how stretching temporarily affects muscle tissue. This segment begins a discussion of long-term changes in flexibility. Ultimately, lasting gains in flexibility have more to do with your nervous system than with your muscles. More on that in the next post, but first, let’s look at an alternative hypothesis, namely […]