‘Figure-8 Loop’ for dynamic sense of spinal alignment

‘Figure-8 Loop’ for dynamic sense of spinal alignment

Despite the name, spinal column is not straight, but rather S-shape curved from lateral view. Upper back is naturally kyphotic or rounding to give space for the lungs, whereas the cervical and lumbar spine are lordotic or in a natural backbend. Just as there are many...
Setting the shoulder blades

Setting the shoulder blades

I’ve started writing this blog for several reasons. Firstly for the pure love for writing about and sharing yoga anatomy. Secondly I wanted explain why at Ihana Yoga we choose to ignore some common alignment cueing and use very different and often opposing cueing than...
Should we use the alignment cue ‘tuck the tailbone under’?

Should we use the alignment cue ‘tuck the tailbone under’?

I often receive emails and FB messages with links to online yoga articles, asking my thoughts on the content. This is great, because it keeps me up-to-date on the ins and outs of the contemporary yoga scene. One thing that becomes obvious reading these articles is...
Myth busting the common cue: ‘Pull the shoulders down’

Myth busting the common cue: ‘Pull the shoulders down’

Shoulder joint is a topic that I’m truly, madly, deeply passionate about. This love relationship started when I realized I needed to learn to stabilize and strengthen my own shoulders that were so overstretched from many years of rhythmic gymnastics when I was...