July 3, 2019

Confession: From the age of 17 until 21 days ago I was a caffeine addict.

In my twenties I did quit coffee for a brief period time, but even then I continued drinking heavy quantities of green tea. During pregnancy and breastfeeding I also quit coffee but continued drin...

April 8, 2019

There's a common idiom in English:

You have to learn to crawl before you learn to walk.

Basically it means: You have to learn how to do the more fundamental things before you do the more complex things.

I'm not so sure about the metaphor because actually crawling is a com...

March 7, 2019

[English follows]

集中力が落ちているお子様に呼吸法や瞑想が奨められています。以下のハーバード大学のキッズヨガページにより、ADHDを持っているお子様はヨガで三つのコアと言われる症状(inattentiveness 不注意, hyperactivity 多動, impulsivity 衝動)が良くなると記載されてます。

https://www.health.harvard.edu/blog/more-than-just-a-game-yoga-for-school-age-children-20160...

February 20, 2019

(English follows)あるお客様は、2週間前に私が作成して配布した「手首」に関する資料(英語・日本語)について、ヨガの練習だけではなく、英語の勉強にも凄く役に立ったとおっしゃって下さいましたので、また今週のテーマ(骨盤と肩甲骨の繋がりをやさしいツウィストで体験すること)に関する英・日の資料を作成しました。骨盤と肩甲骨の繋がりといっても、様々な側面から考えられるでしょう。骨の構造(肩甲骨、肋骨、背骨)、大角膜の位置、血流、内臓などなど勿論ありますが、今回はいわゆる軟組織(特に筋肉と筋膜)に関して記載しました。今回主に背面に...

February 7, 2019

[日本語訳は英語の後]

Have you ever felt pain in your wrists after yoga class?

You are not alone.

Many commonly offered poses ask for weight-bearing on the hands.

And there's not really a one-size-fits all prescription (or "alignment") for how to place your hands "correctly" in any...

January 19, 2019

This month’s focus for kids’ Yoga classes—unicorns and other magical creatures—grew out of a request from a 5-year-old student that I prepare a lesson featuring unicorns.

Unicorns. Uniqueness. The uniqueness of each person’s experiences, family upbringing, cultural back...

December 29, 2018

“The wonderful thing about Tiggers is Tiggers are wonderful things!”

I have practiced and instructed forward folds a few different ways over the years!

Recently I’m most interested in inviting students to experience a clear sense of the pelvis rolling over the femurs and...

December 8, 2018

Recently I’ve been exploring side bends both in class and in personal practice.

A Feldenkrais teacher helped me discover my tendency to squeeze rather than use the opposite rib cage to lift and lengthen in a side bend. She did not tell me the way I was side bending was...

November 21, 2018

This November, I have been focusing in children's yoga classes and in life on Autumn and Santosha, the Yogic virtue I think of as contentment with and gratitude for the entirety of Earth’s abundance, including its impermanence.

I haven’t actually taught the word “santos...

November 9, 2018

I often see students who struggle with posterior pelvic tilt (骨盤後継) and the accompanying rounding of shoulders in a hunchback (猫背) position. Many of these students also struggle with rolling the pelvis (腸骨) over the femurs (大腿骨) in forward folds (前屈). It’ s common to a...

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