To Breathe or to Breathe Fully, LFSB

Breathing exercises, that utilize long, full, slow breaths (LFSB), provide benefits that enhance the gains obtained from conventional, western exercise. LFSB, as is encouraged through the practice of yoga, tai chi or meditation, allows for maximum oxygenation of the blood and the ensuing, corresponding development and exhalation of carbon dioxide. During exercise, the actions of … Continue reading To Breathe or to Breathe Fully, LFSB

Single Leg Squatting: Stability and Flexibility

Progression 1/3: Single Leg Balancing Squat Supported Everyday, people engage in movements that involve coordination of the ankle, knee and hip joints (AKH). Movements such as walking, running, and jumping are variations of the Single Leg Squatting position. In order for coordinated execution of these movements to take place, proper engagement of the core and … Continue reading Single Leg Squatting: Stability and Flexibility

Martial Arts Kata and Core Stability

I was practicing my tai chi long form on 4 April 2012. Lately, I have been focusing keeping the head suspended while lengthening the spine and sinking into the ground. I have been emphasizing these points by practicing the form with a book on my head. Practicing the form in this fashion encourages activation of … Continue reading Martial Arts Kata and Core Stability

Posterior Chain Activation

Click this link - Introduction to the Posterior Chain series The hip joint and the shoulder girdle are critical to the functionality of the posterior chain musculature. The musculotendinous attachments at the hip joint and at the shoulder girdle are important to engaging the core and stabilizing the spine. Because the spine connects the hips … Continue reading Posterior Chain Activation

The Cycle of Breath and Energy

This is a question that was posed to me about one of my comments on LinkedIn. Question: Hi, Would you tell me (Yoga begins at the ending and ends at the beginning) in detail? I could not understand the exact meaning and sir I would like to communicate though my email - abc.vwxyz@gmail.com. Would you … Continue reading The Cycle of Breath and Energy

Yoga and your knees

We can use the practice of yoga to maintain the health of our knees.** The gentle, continued practice of yoga is suited for many of the issues that we face due to the condition of our knees. Knees are strong: they support nearly the entire weight of the body. However, many people in modern society … Continue reading Yoga and your knees

Enjoy your Food: Slowly, Mindfully.

Many daily repertoires include repetitive actions. A lot of times, these actions do not even warrant consideration. For example, while we are doing ‘other things’ or perhaps even multitasking, how often do we try to slip in a ‘quick meal’? Studies have been conducted which indicate that individuals who multitask while eating are more likely … Continue reading Enjoy your Food: Slowly, Mindfully.

From the waist, extend your chi.

The root is at the feet. Jing is generated by the legs, controlled by the waist and expressed by the fingers. From the feet to the legs to the waist must be one unified Chi. When moving forward or backward, you can the catch the opportunity and gain the superior position. The waist and the … Continue reading From the waist, extend your chi.

Brahmacharya – temperance in a gotta-have-it world.

Brahmacharya is a precept in yoga that covers the practice of observing and mastering the senses. The senses, the urges, and the actions that they give rise to, are like a team of powerful wild horses. The senses and urges naturally want to go in their own directions. You, as the individual, end up unconsciously … Continue reading Brahmacharya – temperance in a gotta-have-it world.

Take a deep breath today . . . for the rest of your life.

And the Lord GOD formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul. Gen. 2:7 In today’s society, there is little time to experience anything other than the rush of rushing. As we run from here to there and from there … Continue reading Take a deep breath today . . . for the rest of your life.