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I Was a Crack Addict

When I was a dancer, just before I moved across the floor or went onstage, I would crack my left ankle and the arch of my right foot. I also cracked every knuckle on each of my fingers. If I

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Don’t Read in Bed

Your habit puts your neck at risk! One of the sweetest moments at the end of a long day is crawling into bed with a book. This wonderful moment can turn out to be a true source of pain in

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Morning Stiff Neck Pain?

Don’t try to stretch it out. Neck muscles sometimes spasm because they are overstretched! Ouch, you can’t move your neck. What to do?   Stiff Neck Massage Tip: Put your neck and upper shoulder muscles on slack. To do this,

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Finding Neutral for Your Neck

The curve of the neck develops after birth as we lift our head up to look around us and for some milk to drink. This desire for sustenance and connection begins the development of our neck curve. Throughout our life,

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Stiff Neck? Try the Bobble-Headed Bunny Move

Waking up with a stiff neck, the feeling of restriction and lack of motion is awful. It really makes you want to stretch. Don’t! Stretching does not cure everything. Sometimes it makes things worse. Stiff necks often occur when our

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Honesty

May 21, 2012 I had a student who came to my class regularly for a while. During that time, I felt that Down Dog was not really an appropriate pose for him. I suggested that he do Down Dog at

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Building Compassion

April 23 How do you express your compassion? – Through my voice. Volume and tone can have a powerful effect. – Being calm & centered in yourself. Then you can really listen. – Listening and relatedly meeting people where they

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When Our Students Say ‘I Can’t’

April 16 What to say (do or feel) when our students believe that they lack the ‘appropriate’ range of motion and say that they’ll never be able to do the pose fully. – Think of yoga as a process. –

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Teaching Poses We Cannot Yet Do?

April 9 Do we need to be able to do every yoga pose that we teach? * One teacher said that she mostly avoids teaching the poses that she cannot do. Though she does sprinkle them in occasionally. * Another

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Does Therapeutic = Feel Good?

April 2 If something is therapeutic, does that mean it feels good? *One teacher said that she followed the ‘no pain no gain’ philosophy. If something is therapeutic, it should hurt. *Another teacher said that when she first started practicing

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