Is “text neck” a real problem or is it all in your head?
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As I near the fifth decade of my life, I am becoming more and more aware of my body and its vulnerabilities.  Surprisingly, I’ve begun to notice this vulnerability when texting. We’ve all been there: casually texting a friend and … Read More

Anti Forward Head Exercises
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Anti Forward Head exercises (photos courtesy of Medbridge Education) Neck retraction Our heads tend to shift forward when we work on computers. To reverse the strain this places on the upper neck, gently retract or move the head backwards.  To … Read More

The Curvy Spine
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“How did I get this crooked”?! Have you ever wondered this while looking in a mirror?  Maybe you thought you were standing up straight but then notice from photos that you actually lean to one side.   Your clothes don’t hang … Read More

Temporal Mandibular Dysfunction
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When it hurts to eat Your mouth is the most important part of your body.  If you have ever injured your jaw or had dental work you’ll recall the agony trying to eat during the healing process.   The ability … Read More

Diaphragmatic breathing
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  Diaphragmatic Breathing   What it is: Contraction of the diaphragm, our main muscle of breathing, moves the diaphragm towards the pelvis as the lungs fill with air. As this occurs, the contents of the belly compress causing the abdomen … Read More

Twist the spine, not the SI joint
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Seated spinal twists can be a perfect ending to a yoga practice. After warming up the body, gently twisting can feel invigorating to the muscles of the spine.  Fresh blood penetrates the muscles that were taut during the twist and … Read More

What exactly is Physical Therapy?
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  When you think of physical therapy, what comes to mind? Answers vary, especially as the profession continues to evolve, and the healthcare environment changes. I’d like to discuss what a physical therapist can offer, and dispel myths such as … Read More

Peace of Mind, Is It Possible?
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In our busy lives, many of us struggle to find balance, harmony or peace of mind.   If you, like many, function at a high energetic frequency (go-go-go) slowing down to “smell the roses” often necessitates conscious and gradual down shifting. … Read More

The Layers of Back Pain
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Back pain may limit your ability to participate in any activity, including yoga.   If you injured your back in yoga, why didn’t the person next to you also get hurt?  Why do some people heal fast and others do not? … Read More

Stretchasana
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The common misunderstanding of yoga as merely “stretching” can lead to some not so smart or safe yoga practices. Yoga is more than stretching. The definition of yoga is, in one word, unity (of body, mind and spirit). Without discounting … Read More

Protecting Your Hamstrings While Doing Yoga
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Don’t let your hamstrings leave you hamstrung! “Bend your knees!” is a common cue used to protect the back when bending forward. In yoga, bending the knees in forward folds is recommended to prevent strain to the back. Uttanasana (standing … Read More

When the Front of the Knee Hurts in Yoga
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Patellofemoral pain syndrome (PFPS) is the most common overuse injury of the lower extremity1, 2. PFPS is a condition characterized by pain surrounding the kneecap associated with activities involving lower limb loading (eg, walking, running, jumping, stair climbing, and prolonged … Read More

Protecting the Elbow During Yoga (for teachers)
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Protecting the elbow complex during yoga Hand balances are a common part of many yoga classes.  We often place weight on our hands as we progress through our poses.  We may move from a bird dog variation, to downward facing … Read More

Managing Stress
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“Humans live well enough and long enough, and are smart enough, to generate all sorts of stressful events purely in our heads”…   This is an excerpt from the book Why Zebras Don’t Get Ulcers.    It discusses how psychological stress is … Read More

Beyond The Shoulder
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Shoulder pain is a common ailment, and can impact people of all ages and activity levels. The shoulder is the most mobile joint in our body, and in order to be this mobile, stability is sacrificed.  The shoulder complex is … Read More

Arthritis Pain
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The cold, dry winters of Colorado can bring on a flare up of arthritic pain. Osteoarthritis commonly occurs in the spine, hips, knees and hands and is a degeneration of joint cartilage and bone. While you can’t reverse the degeneration … Read More

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