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Yogi’s Guide: Super Strong Shoulders

strong shoulders yogi guide

As a novice yogi, I clearly remember the frustration of poor upper body strength. My shoulders were so weak that chaturaṅga daṇḍāsana resembled a breakdancing caterpillar and iconic poses like bakāsana (crow) and handstands were an impossible dream. But I was not alone. Many people lack strength in their shoulders when they first come to yoga. Modern lifestyle no longer routinely includes the heavy lifting and hard labour that kept our ancestors naturally strong in the arm.

This does not mean that we can’t all aspire to super strong shoulders. Muscles have the capacity to become stronger throughout life. Even in older age, muscles will build with increased loading. So, how can we do this safely and effectively? (more…)

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Yogi’s Guide: Strong Summer Legs

Yogi's Guide: Strong Summer Legs

Spring is here with it’s promise of glorious summer days. Soon legs will be tempted out from hibernation. Freedom from tights. No more trousers. Bring out the shorts and skirts I say!

This is a truly time of joy for most. And dread for many as the reality of what nature has bestowed on us in the leg department falls short of the media ideal. Very few of us have supermodel length legs that are sculpted to perfection. But fear not – yoga and our anatomy is all we need for super strong, summer legs. So, roll out your mat and set your intention. Lovely legs here we come! (more…)

Sally Schofield

Yogi’s Guide: The Wrist

Yogi's Guide: The Wrist

Our wrists are truly amazing pieces of bioengineering. Yet we rarely pay them much attention – that is until they hurt. Then we worry that we will have to stop doing those delicious hand weight-bearing poses that love. But with a little care and attention our wrists can be content in cobra (bhujangasana): thoroughly dependable in down dog (adho muka svanasana) and wholly happy in handstands (adho mukha vrksasana). Here’s how: (more…)

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Yogi’s Guide: the Sacroiliac Joint

Yogi's Guide: the Sacroiliac Joint

The Sacroiliac Joint, commonly known as the SIJ, is a wondrous thing. We have two of them.  They are the joints that connect our legs to our spine. They are incredibly stable but can also move in all directions. They house the shortest ligament in the body and they are a really common, but often overlooked, cause of back and leg pain. Here’s what every yogi needs to know about how to love your SIJ’s. (more…)

Sally Schofield