Shoulders

I’m on a mission to bring newer lessons from scientific research into how we practice yoga and movement or fitness. I want these lessons to be understandable and applicable to everyday people, yoga practitioners, and other movers. First up is a series of perpetuated myths about “tight” muscles. There is an idea out there that when you feel that your muscle is “tight” or “stiff” that it means one or more of the following: Your tight...

In the last blog post I explained why pulling your shoulders back and lifting your chest is not good advice if you want to correct your hunched forward posture. In short, I explained how these postural cues hide the issue but don’t actually address it and can even make it worse. Instead I have three areas I work on in my own body and with clients that want to work on their hyperkyphosis. All of these...

We all want good posture. We want to be able to stand up straight and stay tall. Unfortunately there are many cultural posture cues that aren’t helpful if we truly want to align our body for good health. We may know that to have good posture we want our ears stacked over shoulders over hips, knees, and ankles. But HOW we get there is important. And there is a sneaky way to line up all these...

We’ve been told to stand up straight so many times that introducing the idea that it might be compromising our health seems absurd. If you have some degree of hyperkyphosis (extra rounding forward in your upper back) the solution is not as simple as rolling your shoulders back, squeezing your shoulder blades together, or increasing your time spent in “heart-opening” yoga backbends. These postural cues have the tendency to give you the appearance of being...