Gravity effects asana!

gravity fundamentals

In Yoga 216 INfrastructure, we take gravity seriously. Gravity brings weight to an action Take a look at ardha uttanasana (half forward fold), adho mukha svanasna (downward facing dog), and navasana (boat pose); three distinctly different poses, yet when we break them down into joint actions they are essentially the same. All three poses, at a basic…

knee valgus

what is knee valgus?

Do you know what it’s like to feel your knees buckle underneath you? One minute you’re standing on straight legs, the next you’re collapsing under your own weight. It’s like someone just took your knees away. What if I told you that many of us experience some degree of knee collapse every day? Specifically what’s called knee…

valve no valve demo

valve fundamentals

In Yoga 216 INfrastructure, we talk about valves all the time. What’s a Valve? Valve (n): Any device for halting or controlling the flow of a liquid, gas, or other material through a passage, pipe, inlet, outlet, etc. The term valve comes from Gary Kraftstow’s work with yoga and yoga therapy. It is a term used to identify “misalignments” in the physical body that prohibit the flow of energy within a shape and therefore, its…

muscle fundamentals

muscle fundamentals

In Yoga 216 INfrastructure, we talk about muscles a bunch. And not all aspect of muscle fundamentals, but primarily the fundamental principle of how they create movement. Ready for it? How Muscles Create Movement Bones don’t move themselves. Muscles contract and move the bones. That might seem obvious, but often the obvious passes by unnoticed,…

joint fundamentals

joint action fundamentals

In Yoga 216 INfrastructure, we look at asana through a lens of joint range of motion for each joint action. Let’s unpack that. First, what’s a joint? A joint is the meeting of two bones: In movement studies, we’re usually talking about synovial joints. A synovial joint is a freely-movable joint. Synovial fluid lubricates the…