3 unexpected benefits of practicing yoga

3 unexpected benefits of practicing yoga

I stumbled upon the following question while browsing quora.com (which also happens to be my new favorite pass time). 

“I’ve been trying to implement yoga and meditation in my life for a while but somehow it doesn’t work as I expect it to. Do I need someone to teach me or does it take time to see significant results?”

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The importance of the pelvic floor: an interview with Natalia Tenedor

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It was very exciting to run into Natalia recently, at a yoga workshop, of course! During our breaks, Natalia told me all about the low pressure fitness training she’s been studying and teaching and about how it helps with a variety of pelvic floor problems. (What better topic to be discussed over lunch?) Of course, I loved listening to all this new and exciting information and I think you’ll find it quite interesting as well.   (more…)

My 5 favorite Anatomy books (and an app!)

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Hello!

Today I offer this video-resena of the books of anatomy that I use most. They are ideal resources to accompany my course of Anatomy applied online and to deepen your knowledge of the Anatomy for yoga and complementary therapies. Herein in writing my opinion with link to each book. I hope to serve you!

Book of Anatomy: Guide toporgafica of the human body

  1. Topographic guide of the human body

This book is great, highly recommended! It is designed especially for manual therapists and masseurs. It is full of very clear illustrations and its format is didactic and not pedantic. It also comes with a DVD that explains clearly and briefly practicing palpation of the different muscles in the body to someone else.

Book of Anatomy: Anatomy, workbook

  1. Anatomy workbook

Each page is a table made for coloring. It is a fun way and kinesthetic learning anatomy. In addition to tables on the musculo-skeletal system, includes tables on other systems of human body and explains their physiology. It is detailed and not cumbersome. I use it much in my classes and workshops. Tip: get photocopies of the sheets before color them! That way you can color them again and again.  

Book: Anatomy for movement

  1. Anatomy for movement.

A classic, written for students of dance and movement. It explains the how and why of our movements in the dance and in everyday life. It is small and handy. The only downside is that you'll need a good atlas of anatomy to accompany texts, as these are drawings including schematics.

App: Anatomy of the human body in 3D

  1. Essental Anatomy app.

Super-util and economic. To isolate and see different muscles, bones and organs of the human body in 3D is a wonder! You can add or remove muscle layers to isolate the muscle you want, enlarge, shrink it, turn it over,… It is a wonderful program and is incredibly versatile. I used it to record this video on the rib cage and this one on the diaphragm.

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  1. Drawing of Anatomy and motion study

The artists also studied anatomy to better represent the human body. The advantage that has this manual for cartoonists is that people with constitutions and natural-looking muscles represents "normal" people or. Medical Anatomy textbooks tend to retract very muscular bodies, which can distort our idea of the proportion of the different muscles. Here the muscles are represented with realistic proportions and designated on the skin. I find that it is useful for teachers of yoga, as in class we can not get the anatomical atlas to find out where is the trapezius muscle. With this book you will learn to recognize the superficial muscles in sight and know them locate.

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  1. Functional anatomy of yoga

Anatomy for yoga books often have a static view of the postures of yoga and the person; stop with detailed descriptions of what muscle is retracted what asana, as if everyone had the same body and the same practice. On the contrary, David Keil, creator of yoganatomy.com has a holistic view of the human body, its structure and how to get closer to the asanas. In his book, talks about things to the Yogis more interesting: the causes of typical lesions, and considerations on how to approach the positions "challenge". It is a very good mix of practical concepts applied to yoga.  And all that with a relaxed and colloquial language that anyone can read.

What these books / resources attracts you more?

My Best Posts on Yoga, Anatomy Rolfing and Spirituality

best of..

When this entry goes live I’ll be in the air on my way to Sydney. By now, I should be landing in Singapur, which is great because I’ll finally get to stretch my legs a little bit. This trip is killer: 22 hours from start to finish.

While I’m binging on movies and bad food up in the sky, I’ve prepared a compilation of my best posts to tide you over till next time. Hope you enjoy ’em!

**Big hug!**

Anatomy

Anatomy resources and links

About Fascia

Psoas, breath and grounding

Yoga

Ever wonder why yogis are strong but don’t have bulky muscles?

How to prevent and heal hamstring strain

What limits flexibility?

10 Gift ideas for the yogi in your life

Spirituality

The three day rule 

How to invite positive change into your life

My gratitude journal

“Energy flows where attention goes” ..what I learned in 2014

Rolfing from the practitioner’s perspective

An interview with Aline Newton

An interview with Liz Stewart

..and here’s what the clients say

Jaume

Joan-Artur

Montse

Aurora

Enjoy!

~ Julia

I Love Where I Am

Painted hippy camper van in byron bay australia

It’s been just over 4 weeks since I arrived in Australia and today we just concluded week 4 of the ashtanga yoga Committed Practitioner Intensive with Dena Kingsberg. I am SO happy I came! A part from the BEAUTIFUL surroundings, this course is really a gift: I have the time and energy to focus only on yoga and for a long time, nine more weeks! This experience is just as I had hoped.

At first, I found the whole environment very unfamiliar and awe inspiring. Nature is spectacular in it’s extravagance: aside from the beautiful beaches, there are amazing creatures, such as lizards the size of iguanas, enormous spiders, birds I’ve never seen, exotic melodies and a fierce, unforgiving sun.

As soon as I arrived in Byron Bay, I had some problems with my accommodation and I quickly had to find something else. It was a bit stressful at the time but it really served a purpose: the momentary chaos snapped me out of my pre-planned agenda and really put me here, now. When the course started, I was really there, awake and ready.

Now I’m in a good home with nice people right next to the beach. I can hear the ocean from my bed at night. Every day, I wake up at 5 am and make my way to the Shala on my bicycle. The path is beautiful, I go thought the woods along the beach and cross a wooden bridge over a creek. The yoga practice along with the study time and the beautiful surroundings all contribute to a feeling of deep fulfilment and satisfaction. I feel happy, awake, curious and focused on this  journey that is the path of yoga.

Massage and Meditation in Boulder, Colorado

 

shambhala center in boulder colorado

I love Boulder Colorado!  It is home to three important schools of my favorite disciplines: Rolfing, yoga and meditation. This is where I studied Rolfing back in 2006 and now I’m back to study yoga with  Richard Freeman at his studio, The Yoga Workshop. On my way to and from class I walk right past the  Boulder Shambhala Center which has a spectacular meditation room that is open to the public all day!

portrait of Liz Stewart, structural integration practitionerI used my free time to check in with one of my first Structual Integration (Rolfing) teachers, Liz Stewart, whom I adore! Liz is genuine and down to earth with a fantastic laugh and a great sense of humor. I’ve always felt at home around her. I admire her as a teacher because she poses great questions and is skillful at helping you figure things out for yourself. She is creative, fun, non-dogmatic and practical.

Today Liz invited me to do a four-handed Rolfing session on one of her clients. This means we worked together on the same person. The trick to four-handed work is to connect to the other practitioner and work together. I’ve rarely done four-handed work so today was a treat and an honor. What follows is a recap of today’s session:

Our client today was Wendy. After a visual evaluation of her posture, the session begins. I rest my hands and listen to the liquid sensation of fascia swimming under my fingers. Soon, I can feel Liz. It is easy to feel the continuity between our hands as we work with Wendy’s body. It feels good, Wendy’s muscles relax as she gets more  comfortable.

Liz and I take turns leading then following. As the session progresses I notice that my hands know what they’re doing, I don’t have to think about it. I’m participating in a tactile dialogue with all of my  senses, I feel open and relaxed. Our hands pulsate back and forth, giving and receiving,  surfing the waves of information that come in through our fingers. It is a whole body experience, my senses are engaged, I am alert, open, attentive.

I notice that the less I think about what I’m doing, the more everything is working in concert, effortlessly. It is easy to hold a light conversation while my hands are free to follow what they feel. Wendy is very receptive to our touch, she’s enjoying the session and so is Liz. The session has a relaxed and comfortable feel, of course with four hands we do twice the work with half the effort. It is very nice.

The little gem I take from today’s experience is about how tricky my rational mind can be. I have painstakingly learned tons of useful though somewhat complicated models to understand the body’s structure. The only problem with that, however,  is that they can cloud my vision and make me lose sight of the actual person I have right in front of me. Today has been a wake-up call to tune into a more energetic, empathic and symbolic way of perceiving my clients. I need to let go, at least temporarily, of the more analytical techniques and follow my hands.

Can you relate? What are your thoughts?