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5 Poses for Super Strong, Sexy Calves

strong sexy calves

Our calf muscles are a great team. Two muscles, gastrocnemius, and soleus, both joined to the heel via the achilles tendon. Gastrocnemius is the powerhouse – propelling us forwards with every step we take. Soleus is a postural muscle – a less flashy chap that works a just a little but for a lot of the time. Soleus is what is working most when we stand still.

Strong calf muscles help us to stay upright and walk, but they also prevent the curse of ‘cankles’. When we are on our feet a lot, particularly in hot weather, our ankles can swell. That swelling is simply fluid called ‘lymph’ that has leaked from the blood vessels in our legs and flowed down to the lowest point. This leakage is a good thing and is supposed to happen. The lymph actually washes through the tissues before being reabsorbed back into the bloodstream.  It only becomes a problem for us when it is slow to be reabsorbed and starts to build up. Strong calf muscles help to pump the lymph out of the tissues and back into the bloodstream – swollen ankles solved! (more…)

Sally Schofield
Pregnancy Yoga Guide

Yogi’s Guide: the Iliotibial Band

Yogi's Guide: the Iliotibial Band

You may have heard of the Iliotibial band, aka the ITB. It is an amazing piece of engineering but most people only learn of it when it causes pain!. Usually, knee pain. Here’s what every yogi needs to know to keep the ITB happy, healthy and pain-free. (more…)

Sally Schofield

3 Steps to Heal A Yoga Injury

3 Steps to Heal A Yoga Injury

Compared to many ways of keeping fit, yoga is relatively safe. But it is not entirely without risk. One American study shows that there were about 2,000 yoga-related injuries seen in hospital US emergency departments every year from 2001 to 2014’. (more…)

Sally Schofield

How to listen to your body

How to listen to your body

I wish I had a pound for every time I have told my students to ‘listen to your body’ – it’s just one of those things yoga teachers say, isn’t it? It slips off the tongue so easily, but what does it really mean? (more…)

Sally Schofield

The Yoga Teacher’s Definitive Guide to the Psoas

The Yoga Teacher's Definitive Guide to the Psoas

Aa a physiotherapist and yoga teacher, I would say without hesitation that one of the most important muscles of the body is the psoas (pronounced so-as). It is the main flexor of the hip and plays a huge role in determining whether our posture is efficient or not. It suffers from the prolonged sitting that modern life brings but yoga helps lengthen it better than any other method of stretching that I know. Here’s how…

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Sally Schofield