Monthly Archives: August 2015

Working with props: the strap

Accept help
Part I: The Strap
by Nancy B. Loughlin
Published in News Press on August 5, 2015

4 b Anna Withrow in Modified Dancer with backbend

The “I’m Not Flexible Enough” myth is one that can stop people from practicing yoga.

Yoga isn’t Cirque du Soleil. It’s not about how the posture looks contrary to the tricked-out poses that populate social media.

If you yank, tug and overstretch your body into a pose for which it isn’t ready, you’re going to get frustrated, or, even worse, injured.  In yoga, you are not at war with your own body.

Surrender the ego and accept help. Props, specifically straps and blocks, hold your alignment as both you and your body learn, grow and change.

Begin with the strap.

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The Art of Bending Over

The Art of Bending Over
by Nancy B. Loughlin
Published in GreenMedInfo.com on August 16, 2015

bending over

As we age, we lose resiliency, and, of course, the stiffer the body, the stiffer the spirit. The forward fold demands flexibility in surprising ways.

The forward fold isn’t about flexible hamstrings.

The very nature of the bend invites introspection and inner quiet.  Unifying the up-body with the low-body, sky with earth, the spiritual with the physical, is a most grounding move.

You’ll have to surrender your ego and embrace modification.  You may never touch your toes, and you’ll have to settle for your knees or your thighs.  Your legs my never be straight as you reach for the earth.

As we age, we lose resiliency, and, of course, the stiffer the body, the stiffer the spirit. The forward fold demands flexibility in surprising ways.  You’ll have to face how you’re compressed in more than just your body.

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