Most people know about the glutes. We sit on them, sometimes we admire them for their tone and shape and many exercise regimes are aimed at strengthening them — but when and where do they fit into our yoga practice?
The Anatomy of the Bum
The glutes are a group of three muscles arranged in layers in the buttocks. Gluteus maximus is just under the skin, works to extend the hip joint and helps to provide some stability to the pelvis as it passes over the sacroiliac joint. Gluteus medius and minimus nestle under gluteus maximus and work to abduct and rotate the hip. (more…)
It’s Healthy Weight Week this week, and we’re taking this as our cue to accentuate the positive about our bodies.
Obsessing about our weight is a modern-day affliction. Women especially are fighting a constant battle to get to the ‘perfect’ body, through various diet and exercise plans. If we’re honest, a lot of us come to yoga as just another way to lose weight. However, once we commit to yoga, it becomes clear that body weight is far less important than flexibility, strength and feeling comfortable in our bodies. (more…)
I often tell myself not to compare things, not to measure one thing against the other but to simply accept each thing for what it is: everything is perfect in its own way. However the one comparison I have often found myself coming back to again and again – with myself, with friends and with my instructors – is that of yoga versus the gym. (more…)