Therapy on the Mat – Private Lessons
5 things beginners should due in yoga class
- Know Neutral Spine! Getting the spinal muscles stabilized first is important before beginning to add advanced poses. Maintain neutral as much as possible!
- Learn correct breathing: I find yoga classes do a nice job warming up with breath, giving enough time for the participant to breath with a relaxed body yet there are not enough cues to instruct on breathing during exertion and 3 part breath for great detoxing influence through the lymphatic system. Very important to maintain the integrity of the abdominal organs.
- Pay attention to placement of your joints. don’t over do any movement, flexion, extension or internal rotation. These put you at risk of stretching ligaments, compressing discs, or blocking blood and lymphatic flow. Wrist, elbow, and neck hyper extension are most common. maintain neutral spine in positions to develop flexibility before compounding the integrity of the joint of placing your body weight over.
- Never try to look at the instructor or other participants. If you are unsure of how to continue a pose, back out to a resting position and observe from there. You are already putting your joints in a compromised position, by twisting and turning to look. I like to look for studios that have mirrored walls. If there were mirrors on the ceiling, even better. It makes checking your alignment better and improves proprioceptive awareness, the way we can ‘feel’ where all our body parts are in relation to each other. See it in “your mind’s eye
- Push to burning not PAIN! Back out slowly! Don’t push into it and its not OK to fall out. You want to teach your muscles how to get back to the place you just took it to!
The next time you head into any studio be it Pilates, Yoga, or Zumba, Think about your own level of flexibility, how your joints are positioned and modify the poses with safety and protection in mind.
Therapy on the Mat is designed as basic guidelines of yoga for spinal alignment and good technique for joint positioning. Medically relevant information is provided during poses so that you get the most of of your class. It is safe for those with back pain, arthritis, fibromyalgia and more. Poses are performed at a slower pace to ensure proper spinal alignment and to develop a better understanding of anatomy, posture and intelligent integration of the body. We will explore various breathing techniques and how they influence the lymphatic and nervous system. Modifications are suggested for safe and proper alignment. This class is also appropriate for advance yogis looking to improve core strength and learn alignment principles, biomechanics, breath work and detoxing through yoga. Aromatherapy is also presented as a way to intensify focus and the effects of yoga enhancing your practice.
Exploring Dragon’s Breath
Saturdays at The Yoga Hangout SRQ 352 Somerset Ave, Sarasota Fl Located inside the Alchemy Day Spa upstairs! Click HERE to register.
I never thought I would come to really incorporate Dragon Breath into my yoga practice. Ujjayi breath was my friend. I did Ujjayi breath every second I could so that I was always activating my transverse abdominis and lower spine multifidi for perfect pelvic stability during chiropractic care.
When you get stronger, you naturally just want to break out of that routine and step it up a bit.
That’s where I went! Feeling strong and needing more input to my spine, Dragon Breath came out! I had a little fun with it in different positions and found that in order to reduce the strain it could cause on your neck, it should only be done with arms overhead. Want to Learn More? Join me Saturadays from 9:30-10:30 am at The Yoga Hangout SRQ.
Renew YOU! Yoga is a weekly class is designed as basic guidelines of yoga for spinal alignment and good technique for joint positioning. Medically relevant information is provided during poses so that you get the most of of your class. It is safe for those with back pain, arthritis, fibromyalgia and more. Poses are performed at a slower pace to ensure proper spinal alignment and to develop a better understanding of anatomy, posture and intelligent integration of the body. We will explore various breathing techniques and how they influence the lymphatic and nervous system. Modifications are suggested for safe and proper alignment. This class is also appropriate for advance yogis looking to improve core strength and learn alignment principles, biomechanics, breath work and detoxing through yoga. Aromatherapy is also presented as a way to intensify focus and the effects of yoga enhancing your practice.
$15 a class
Yoga Teachers can request a workshop class to get Yoga Alliance CE Units!
YA Categories: All workshops will include 3 of the educational categories. 1. Anatomy and Physiology of particular system(s) or body part which is being presented in the workshop to understand why these poses were chosen and how they influence the body. Information on indications and contraindications. 2. Teaching Methodology on how to set up asana sequence for best management of safe joint positioning through set up, visual and environmental aspects. 3. Techniques, Training and Practice will provide cues during poses to gently move deeper into the stretch. Participants will learn techniques to modify poses safely for beginners and advanced students refining their practice. 4. Yoga Philosophy, Lifestyle and Ethics as related to Occupational Therapy Ethics and Practice. Participants will understand the value of teaching yoga as a service and being of service to others through yoga. How to incorporate yoga into daily activities to promote a healthy lifestyle.
Detox Yoga can help!
Are you a paradoxical breather and didn’t even know it?
When things go wrong and nerves in our body and spine do not communicate correctly, our body tries to compensate by bringing in other muscles, recruiting them to help with movement. If there is damage to the chest or spine in the area of the lungs and diaphragm, or anywhere in your body due to use of compensatory patterns, what could occur is called abdominal paradox. The movement is spinal extension, abdominal activation, and chest elevation during inhalation. This can be a very subtle occurrence that you may not even know you are doing. It can occur when your attention is not focused on breath. It may be very damaging to internal organs and muscles.
Waist trainers are a new fad developing out there to make you stomach thin or help with posture while weight training. It is thought that by applying the corset like vest and cinching it at your core, hips, and back, your body would mold itself into a slimmer figure. What is really occurring is that you are cramming your floating ribs, drawing your rib cage closer together while influencing alternate breathing patterns. Don’t wear them!
When your breathing pattern is changed for whatever reason, multiple muscles are then recruited to assist in breathing and take over causing the slow twitch muscles of the ribs to no longer be required to perform this breathing act. They then become weak and compressed by the larger fast twitch muscles that have taken over. Weak and compressed muscles then begin to lose blood flow and will struggle to overcome the fast twitch muscles.
Learning correct breathing patterns through yoga is a great piece of knowledge that is easy to learn and share. Managing it on a daily basis takes self-control and restraint yet it also teaches these same principles.
If you want to learn more about how to use breathe in healing yourself and others, please contact me for a complimentary phone consultation to review your specific health needs and learn about how the lymphatic system can support better health. Call or email me today at 215-499-0444 or MsKimBurns@gmail.com