Sitting (in heels) is the new smoking

If you’re interested in reading more on ideas presented in the article below, I suggest reading Whole Body Barefoot: Transitioning Well to Minimal Footwear. If you’d like movement instruction via video, start with Alignment Snacks: Stretching the Standing Muscles. It’s National Foot Health Awareness month, and I’ve been going foot-fact crazy for the last two weeks. Yesterday I thought I’d share a short section of Whole Body Barefoot that pertains to every…

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Forward Bend: Modified

The forward bend, or yoga’s uttanasana is probably the most basic hamstring-using pose you can find in yoga classes throughout the world. I love it because it feels good, don’t you? But here’s the thing: it might be the most mis-performed “basic” movement out there as well. Why? Because of those tight hamstrings, most people will have to slightly bend their knees and/or flex their spine to mask the immobility in the…

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A User’s Guide to Hamstrings

f you’re interested in reading more on ideas presented in the article below, I suggest reading Alignment Matters.  If you’d like movement instruction via video, start with Alignment Snacks: Quads and Hams. As promised (800 car-trip miles later), The Hamstring Blog. Some quick hamstring tidbits: 1.The “hamstrings” are really three separate muscles: Biceps femoris, semimembranosis, and the semitendinosis. 2. The hamstring group passes over both the hip and the knee joint, which…

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Plantar Fasciitis & Tight Hams

If you’re interested in reading more on ideas presented in the article below, I suggest reading Simple Steps to Foot Pain Relief. If you’d like movement instruction via video, start with Alignment Snacks: Stretching the Standing Muscles. Super (super) excited about this month’s issue of Foot & Ankle Specialist! (Don’t you get this magazine too?)

Well, I’m not really a subscriber, but I have a lot of awesome friends who are on the…

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5 Simple Ways to Avoid Back Pain

I’m stuck in the airport because my flight is delayed.  To kill a little time, I thought I’d share five back-pain tips that I donated to Natural Awakenings Magazine this month. When I say simple, I mean SIMPLE, yet most people who email, call, or come into the Institute have a hard time making these basic changes.  Let me share something with you:  Simple doesn’t mean easy.  Not eating sugar, Simple.  Not…

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Tight Hamstrings Sink Ships.

I received such a good question today, I think I’ll answer it for everyone! Katy, I am curious about individual differences in physiology and how that affects alignment. I have, for instance, very tight hamstrings, and have had since childhood,.Even when I was young and flexible could do full back walkovers and front handsprings, I couldn’t touch my toes (I’m actually closer to my toes now, at 46, due to a determined…

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