When we think of the shoulders, most people think of the glenohumeral joint – the ball and socket joint where the upper arm bone attaches to the trunk . But did you know that is just one of four joints that make up the shoulder girdle? Let’s take a look at the scapulothoracic joint – where the shoulder blade articulates with the back of the ribs.
Even though I have stepped away from my YouTube channel, I want to carry over one of my video series – Yoga FAQ’s. It can seem intimidating to start yoga but I want you to know it’s not. And once you’ve started, it can feel awkward to ask a question in the middle of class and express that you’re confused. But I’m here to answer any and all of your questions so you can feel comfortable and approach your mat with confidence. Yoga is for everyone.
When was the last time you felt like you were being pulled in 20 different directions? Or do you ever just feel like an air head with your head up in the clouds? Or do you simply just have too much going on at once? On top of whatever you may be going through, it is also Springtime. Activities are picking up, we’re spending more time outside, and you might even have some travel plans lined up. Even though Spring is a time of growth and blossoming, because of the extra buzz of energy, it often leaves me feeling ungrounded.
The rib cage is one part of our skeleton that just about everyone knows. We know where it is. We know what it looks like. We can palpate it on ourselves. But there is always more to learn. Let’s take a look at the bone structure, what it does for our bodies, and explore one injury that can happen – rib subluxation (a rib that has moved out of place).
Over the weekend, The New York Times published an article entitled, “Why Yoga Pants Are Bad for Women.” As a yoga teacher, of course it piqued my interest. I clicked on it thinking maybe there was some scientific information I needed to know about the pants I wear every day. However, once I started reading it, I quickly realized that is not what I was going to get.
Let’s talk about the pelvis. Not the “hips,” meaning the hip joint, but the pelvis as a bony structure. I don’t think most of us realize how life changing it can be to have your pelvis aligned correctly. I can personally tell you from experience, it makes a huge difference. I want to focus mostly on the movements of the pelvis and how that affects us, but first, let’s take a quick look at the bones.
After taking a workshop with Marc Holzman, I was reminded that Ayurveda, the sister of yoga, or the lifestyle of yoga, is all about living in rhythm with nature. This resonated deeply. Over the past few months, I’ve been theming most of my classes around the qualities of the seasons, with the inspiration of noticing how what’s going on outside directly relates to how I feel on the inside. Winter, and January specifically, invite us to self reflect and introspect.
If you have ever taken one of my yoga classes, you’ll know I am a big anatomy nerd. I’m still a novice in the scheme of things, but I loved diving in deeper in my 300-hour training last year. I’ve been going through the anatomy lectures from my teacher Noah, again. If you’re an anatomy nerd too, or want to learn more, I can’t recommend his online courses enough.