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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…)

Sally Schofield

Yogi’s Guide: Posture

Yogi's Guide: Posture

I love people watching – I’m a physio, I can’t help it. For me, time waiting for trains is time spent checking out how people stand. Spotting the person with great posture becomes my passion. You know the one who stands tall; elegant, effortless and a delight to watch.

But why don’t we all move that way? And can we change that with yoga?

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Sally Schofield
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Yogi’s Guide: The Neck

Yogi’s Guide: The Neck

Our necks are incredible. A delicate column of bone and soft tissues that support the head and protect the vital plumbing that keeps us alive. It needs to be strong and supportive at the same time as mobile and versatile. So how does it manage all of this? And, as yogi’s, how can we look after our necks? Read on! (more…)

Sally Schofield

Backbends: they CAN feel GOOD and they ARE good!

Backbends: they CAN feel GOOD and they ARE good!

The curse of modern life.

Backbends: they CAN feel GOOD and they ARE good!
Image Credit: Alex Kotliarskyi via Unsplash.

How do you physically exist in the modern world? Hunched over keyboards and steering wheels? Carrying too much weight in our bags, or on our shoulders as we battle to stay connected in this digital age. This equates into a grotesque adult imitation of the foetal position with hips flexed and shoulders hunched . Then, one day, we discover that we can no longer draw our shoulders back or stand up straight. (more…)

Sally Schofield

Firm Foundations Mean Stronger Poses

Firm Foundations Mean Stronger Poses

A yogi’s feet work hard during any asana practice. They are our foundations in so many ways, but are you really clear what should be happening down there? Here’s a few tips to firm up yours or your students’ feet and fire up our foundations.

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Sally Schofield