The Godfather Muscle

Perhaps the greatest benefit to using the aerial hammock for inverting is the pressure it puts on the hip flexors;  namely the psoas major muscle.   The psoas (pronounced so-as) is responsible for a host of maladies we face today.  My teacher calls it the “Godfather Muscle”, because you know with many pain problems, it is involved, but since this muscle is so deep, it’s hard to trace the pain back to the muscle.   This hip flexor helps lift the knee when we walk, so if you are sitting a lot, it is most likely tight, as it’s natural resting place is in a shortened space. The psoas also laterally rotates the hip, (turns the feet out), as well as adducts the hip (squeeze the knees together).  This hip flexor also contributes the tilting of the pelvis and flexing the spine.  Here are some of the ways a shortened psoas affects the body….. Tension and pain in the lower back, hips, buttocks, pelvis, or groin Lower back spasms Snapping hip syndrome Radiating pain down the leg Sciatica Lumbar disc problems Limping Functional leg length discrepancy Idiopathic scoliosis Hyperlordosis Instability in the core of the body Limited flexibility in the lower back Unlike other inversion methods the hammock wraps around this muscle, encouraging it to release it’s daily grip on the body.  One recent client had been in a car accident a year ago, and was having reoccurring pain in her neck, and shooting pains down her leg.  Within 1 month of practicing aerial hammock all of that disappeared.  I also know of some clients with reoccurring back pain,...
Love yourself First

Love yourself First

Doing Yoga and setting aside time for yourself in our society sometimes feels selfish.  I very much felt this way when I signed up for yoga teacher training.  I was mostly a stay at home mom, and summer time was my time to get everyone where they needed to be.  I also loved being with them, having extra time to do stuff that wasn’t possible during the school year. Now I realize what a blessing that was at that time in my life.  Not only did it change me, it changed my whole family.  Taking the time to heal myself on the deepest level that yoga offered was a very necessary part of their childhood.  Underneath my exterior mom, wife, sister side I held a little deep seated resentment.  Somehow, everyone else got to do fun stuff except me.  This is probably the single most selfish thing I’ve ever done, and yet, it created a ripple effect I still see in my family today.  Taking care of my resentment, my kids and husband released theirs. At one point, I asked my students what kept them motivated to keep coming back to their mat, and a student said, “It helps keep me sane!!  My kids notice when I’ve missed practice, and they tell me to go to yoga.”.  I think that is the highest compliment!! After my yoga teacher training, I asked my husband if he noticed a difference.  YES! he says!  He noticed I’m a better driver….(not impatient, cursing or yelling at drivers), and that generally I seemed more happy.  Seems to me, we all need to spread some...
Expectations are psychological killers

Expectations are psychological killers

Expectations are psychological killers. If you think about it, we expect many things.  We expect our car will work when we put the key in it to start.  We expect to see food in our cupboards.  We expect our home to be there when we arrive.  We expect to see our loved one coming home from work.  The biggest of all, we expect our body to remain healthy as it ages.  Nothing in this life is guaranteed, not even our yoga practice.  We expect to be as open and flexible as we were yesterday, but today, our body is completely different.  Over night, we processed emotions, used our body in different ways, and felt different things as we moved through life.  Literally, our cells are different than yesterday’s cells. My yoga practice has taught me this.  When I expect things to happen, and they don’t, I get angry.  I just do.  But, when I come from a place of extreme gratitude, of every moment, of every day, a switch throws.  I go from craving to satisfaction, from anger to contentment, from expectation to peace.  I realize that everything, everyday is a unique gift, even the gift of my body. I’ve hit a deep groove in the road with my yoga practice.  Over the past year, I’ve lost some ability to do poses with some grace and ease.  However, I know this is temporary, and it’s my current state of thoughts that I’m overcoming.  The more I step in gratitude, practice, the more my yoga becomes at ease.  Expecting to be in the same place as we were yesterday is just...

Secrets of Yoga

If you asked me what are 3 important yoga tips to amplify my practice to bring good health to my body, here’s what I would say: Practice yoga everyday    Do as many kind things for as many people as you can on a daily basis, thinking at that time, about their happiness Deep abdominal breathing for 5 minutes a day Tip #1  practice yoga everyday.  Even 15 minutes of yoga done on a daily basis can boost your energy and increase happiness.   This is quite a mountain to climb.  For me to overcome this obstacle, I had to enroll in yoga teacher training.  That established my practice.  We are talking about your health here.  You cannot serve others when you are sick yourself.  Remember, yoga brings on ease, and removes dis-ease. Tip #2  Doing kind things for others.  This is what a lot of us do on a daily basis, helping others.  But to make this a strong seed of health in ourselves, as we are doing this kind deed, we are simply thinking about how helping others will bring them happiness.  This is a crucial step in yoga;  thinking very focused, as we are doing this kind deed. Tip #3  Deep breathing.  Taking 5 minutes a day to deep breath can dramatically change our stress levels, and bring good health.  It also teaches us to hit the pause button, before we get angry at that other driver, or say something we might regret later to our spouse. All of these have been documented by research.  Perfect health is within our reach.  Living a good long life...
Releasing Fear

Releasing Fear

One of the biggest benefits of a regular yoga practice is the ability to feel and let emotions move out of the body.  Very often we are busy, and don’t want to “feel” and so we stuff those emotions down inside of us.  Overtime, this is detrimental to the body, as these areas become weakened or tight with tension, lowering our vibration, eventually causing “disease”.  A yoga practice helps move things through, restoring the body to balance, in the muscles, organs and tissues. After many many years of stuffing down my emotions, my yoga practice shifted things in my body.  Now, when I feel an emotion, such as a big surprise, I feel ripples of energy moving down my body, releasing the “surprise”.  Some emotions are definitely, “hard wired”, in their resistance to release, or the very grip they have on our lives.  Take fear.  Fear has a way of being stored in the upper body, shoulders and neck area.  Check out this interesting atlas of the human body where scientists recorded where different emotions are stored in the body. Lets take a look at whip lash.  Your sitting at a traffic light, and unknowingly to you, someone rear ends you.  This throws the head forward, until the seat belt catches.  Sometimes, after many months of chiropractor visits, your neck pain still persists.  I talked to such a client yesterday, where this exact thing happened.  She is amazed with aerial hammock yoga, because, she feels better than doing anything else she has done previously.  Aerial hammock lets the spine lengthen away the tight areas, and overtime, you will keep...
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