Lying flat on the floor can be uncomfortable and painful if: you have a large chest or bigger body, you’re pregnant and lying flat is contraindicated, and/or your low back feels crunched up when you lie flat. Enter one of my favorite restorative yoga prop setups: The Recliner.
For those of us having trouble in pigeon, we’re usually experiencing: knee pain or pressure, the hip of the bent leg not grounding/touching the floor (feels unstable, like you’re hanging in your joints) or it is uncomfortable to be on hands and knees to even set up for pigeon. I made this video to address these issues. We’ll look at some creative prop setups that will help us find the sensation in the outer hip that we’re looking for in pigeon pose.
In this video, we’ll learn some techniques to work on core strength to build toward the traditional expression of boat pose. We’ll work with a chair and some props to start to instruct our bodies on the energetic actions we need to sustain this full-body-strengthening pose.
In this video we’ll explore: pelvis awareness: how to tuck and tilt the pelvis (and where it’s supposed to be in bridge pose), should we engage the glutes or not, how to protect the low back from compression in this pose, several arm variations that work for different bodies and ranges of motion and how to use props for resistance to clarify muscular engagement for our lower body.
In this video, we’ll learn how to do a sun salutation without coming to hands and knees. Using blocks to bring the floor up to us and create more space for the body, we’ll learn two transitions for getting from the front to the back of your mat (and vice versa).
Hero pose (virasana) can be challenging and uncomfortable for lots of us. Maybe you’re experiencing knee pain, ankle pain, trouble sitting on the floor (or a block) between your heels, or a sense of “hanging” and instability in this pose. You are not alone! Let’s look at some prop setups that will make this pose more accessible for many bodies.