The Physiology of happiness is your deep practice of yoga teacher training in yoga institute. That way, when you do dissect the poses you discover the joy of learning to really listen to your body with a deep understanding that will astound you. Here we’ll drill down into some specifics for-
- Neck, shoulders and arms
- Legs, knees and feet
Here will approaching your practice systematically – not by using any specific pose as a reference – but by using your body as the reference.
- Neck, shoulders and arms- So many yogis routinely engage this part of the body wrongly. I can see it a mile off. And with the information today you’ll be able to not just see it in yourself and others, but identify what it feels like and how to fix it. You’ll have a ticket to pain-free posture (and yoga poses)!
The way you SHOULD hold your neck, shoulder and arms is one of the unchanging relationships that you will learn to rely on in your practice. The only issue at the moment is diagnosing if you are routinely not doing it the right way.
Like many people you may need an overhaul to what you’re doing now. It’s oh-so-easy when your mistakes are um, unmistakable and big. It’s when you need TINY changes but you think you’re doing it right and so are not looking to make any changes. So pay attention to everything and test drives it all here, now and in the yoga room.
So here’s your yardstick for your constant reminder and referral. They are ground rules for yoga and in fact ANY movements you do. They are very simple but they take a combination of practice and good-habit-forming movements and awareness to make the benefits stick!
- Your shoulders must stay down and back so you can open up and maintain best range of motion in your shoulders, neck, back and arms.
- Great habits here are one of the most important keys to a long neck and even a stress-free life.
- When you learn the nuances of this important key to your posture you’ll be able to stand correctly as well as counter those forward bending, slouching, crouched over, desk- sitting, baby feeding, child holding, driving, eating (ad infinitum) postures that most of us have developed via bad habits.
The key is in a position that’s activated by ‘externally rotating’ your shoulders. You’ll be able to securely seat your shoulder blades down and back and away from the ears.
Whether you’re at your desk, shooting one arm up to the sky in Triangle pose, or curled over tightly in Rabbit there really is never a time where hunching your shoulders will help you!
In fact the simple act of holding your shoulders down and back will resolve so much tension in your back, neck, shoulders and head that your headaches may disappear, and you WILL breathe more deeply and enjoy your life more.
It is part of what I call having a “Physiology of Happiness “!
Stand this way, outside of yoga with your upper arms externally rotated and your chest lifted and discovers a new spring in your step and a compelling need to put a smile on your face. So get out there and enhance your happiness with this cornerstone life skill and yoga technique.
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- Legs, knees and feet- Someone who walks on the tips of their toes (and even someone who wears high heel shoes) isn’t as connected to the ground as someone barefoot who is spreading the weight consciously through the feet to support their body!
Seems obvious that how you connect with the ground really makes a huge difference to everything you do.
“Standing properly on your own 2 feet” takes on new meaning because you can really make excellent alignment start where it should … at the ground.
When you practice this yoga frequently enough you will likely find your feet change to support you better than they ever have before, especially if you learn how to use them in the best possible way.
Not just pose by pose, but in a way that helps you ‘get’ the nuances of balance and support and how it affects you from toes and heels right upwards to through your hips and shoulders to the top of your head. Onwards and upwards!
So in your practice, noticing what you do with your feet, ankles, knees and hips can form a strong focus for you … and help you enjoy more satisfying progress in every class!
>> The keys:
>> Start with feet facing forward not splayed out to the sides.
>> Feet misalign for most students when they bring “toes and heels together”. DON’T do that. Really DON’T.
>> If you squish your heels and toes together your ankles are probably squashing together too. Each is kind a holding the other up. This is disastrous for when you lift one leg off of the floor. In fact, I can see most people shift the foot on the floor to compensate the moment the lifted foot is airborne.
So… try instead to have the big toes touching but align your legs and hips and see if you too end up with a space between your heels. If you ever have trouble balancing on one leg this COULD be THE key for you.
To put it another way: Your knees face forward. As do your feet. No splaying. Hips won’t turn outwards as a result and your whole practice will be better. Could you take a little while to recalibrate your practice?
If you have knock-knees, bowed legs, pronated ankles or fallen arches the renewed attention to your lower limbs from the ground up will:
- Correct the muscular imbalances that created the problem* in the first place
- Set you up to benefit much more deeply than you thought possible
Just like any knew skill you learn, at first these adjustments will be difficult because they suck your attention and your energy. But after a while these adjustments will become second nature and only need checking in a holistic sense as you cycle your attention through your body.
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