Yoga Suits Her
I've been teaching yoga since 1980. A lot of my identity is tied up with being a yoga teacher. What does that mean? What should that mean? On this site I explore my personal journey and provide commentary on the state of yoga in the twenty-first century. I invite you to have a look and see what may be here for you.
Photo by: Julie Slavin Photography, Old Bar
Too loose or too tight
Very few people seem completely content with the way their hips work. It's a sad thing to say about such a pivotal part of our anatomy. For some of us, our hips are too tight and for others too loose. We consider ourselves to have healthy hips when we get the balance just right.
I became fixated on my hips out of necessity in the early '90's. All because of a diagnosis of osteoarthritis. I knuckled down and did all manner of good things to maintain healthy hips. Eventually I had successful double hip surgery in 2010. I've written about my experience here.
Now, eight years post-surgery, I can say that my hips are healthy. But, age will have its way. So, I keep some special hip practices up my sleeve. My aim is to keep up equal measures of strength and suppleness in these newish hips.
Recently I found a great sequence, a 14-day course on Daily Om designed to thwart all-over stiffness. My hips love it!
My recipe for healthy hips
I've designed this sequence to give your legs, groins and hips a good workout. For more supple yogis, focus on 'keeping firm to centre'. Make sure that you hold the muscles around upper thighs and hips close to the bones. For those of you whose hips are quite tight, focus on widening the pelvis and sitting bones.
Baddha Konasana, seated on blanket (Bound Angle)
Virasana & Parvatansana (Hero and Arms Raised Stretch)
Vajrasana, belt around ankles, then stretch arms up (Hero Pose Sitting on Heels)
Adho Mukha Svanasana (Downward Facing Dog Pose)
Trikonasana, x2 (Triangle)
Virabhadrasana 2, x2 (Warrior)
Parsvakonasana, x 2 (Side Angle)
Supta Padangusthasana Cycle, 5 variations each side (Lying Down Leg Stretches and Hip Openers)
Supta Virasana (Lying Down Hero)
Paripurna Navasana (Boat Pose)
Ardha Navasana (Boat Pose)
Ardha Jatara Parvatanasana (Belly Twist)
Gomukhasana (Cow's Head Pose)
"Awkward Pose" (Cross-Leg)
Ardha Padmasana (Half Lotus)
Supta Baddha Konasana (Lying Down Bound Angle)
Savasana & Sitting (Relaxation and Meditation)
Very few people seem completely content with the way their hips work, a sad thing to say about such a pivotal part of one’s anatomy. For some of us, our hips are too tight and for others too flexible.
Here’s a sequence that will give your legs, groins and hips a good workout. For you supple yogis out there, focus on keeping firm to centre, holding the muscles around upper thighs and hips close to the bones. […]
The Previous 4 Posts
The civilized man has built a coach, but has lost the use of his feet.
Ralph Waldo Emerson
Since being on an extended overseas holiday, I’ve been contradicting Emerson’s opinion of the civilized person. Rather, I’ve been experiencing what author and philosophy professor Frederic Gros calls ‘a life scrubbed bare’ and an affirmation of the simple life: walking.
Certain cities of the world are made for walking. I’ve just spent three days in one of them, Old Quebec. […]
I admire those disciplined yogis and yoginis who arise at 4 or 5 in the morning to do their practice – rain or shine, day in, day out, and year after year. I used to be more that way inclined myself. […]
As a writer, I’ve attempted to follow the advice of Mark Twain: When you catch adjectives in your writing, kill them…. Well, not all, but most, so that any you use will be valuable.
But what’s a writer to do when she’s been part of a most remarkable and memorable week. I must remark and memorialize, and I fear I must even adopt a hyperbolic style. And so, here goes my account, no modifying words barred.
This last week I observed and participated in my niece Christa’s wedding. […]
Sirsasana is known to be a beneficial posture for dozens of reasons. One of them is that it’s a mood enhancer for many people: it can make you feel happy and uplifted. But not everyone can do it with ease.
A few years ago a student who attended one-to-one sessions learned to do the above version of headstand. Until he found a supported way of doing the pose, he couldn’t do it at all because of his excessive weight. […]
It's been out of print for 15 or more years but now it's back. It's available as a paperback as well as a range of digital formats for different devices. The design of this edition is modelled as closely as possible on the original release from 1997.
(Note: Book retailers set their own prices that are all different and constantly change. It's worth shopping around for the best price.)
Any bookshop, whether online or bricks and mortar, can order copies of Teach Yourself Yoga. Just ask and quote ISBN: 978-0-6487945-0-9.
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