Osteoarthritis & Movement: Facts vs. Fiction
Jenni Rawlings Yoga & Movement | Blog
by Jenni Rawlings
5d ago
by Special Guest Contributor Magnus Ringberg, MSc Sport Science, BSc Physiotherapy  Table of Contents What is Osteoarthritis (OA)? How is OA Diagnosed? What Causes OA? How is OA Treated? (Motion is Lotion!) How Do Exercise & Movement Help With the Symptoms of OA? Pain is OK When You Exercise! How Do We Prevent OA? Is Yoga an Effective Treatment for OA? Tips for Practicing Yoga With OA Summary of Main Points A Note From Jenni: I’m more than excited to present a brand-new, specially-commissioned article by my friend and colleague Magnus Ringberg on the important topic of osteoarthritis ..read more
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Is Jumping Back to Plank Bad for Our Shoulders?
Jenni Rawlings Yoga & Movement | Blog
by Jenni Rawlings
3w ago
This blog post was first sent to Jenni’s email list as an email newsletter. Sign up for the JRY email newsletter here! Is it better to land in bent-elbow chaturanga than straight-arm plank when we jump back? All my life in the yoga world, I've heard the instruction that we should never jump back into plank pose. Instead of landing in plank, this yoga rule goes, we should land directly in chaturanga. In other words, we should ALWAYS jump into the bottom of a push-up ✅ and NEVER jump into the top of a push-up ❌ . However, when we actually look at the biomechanics involved in these movements, it ..read more
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Surprising New Findings: Low Back Pain and Load
Jenni Rawlings Yoga & Movement | Blog
by Jenni Rawlings
1M ago
This blog post was first sent to Jenni’s email list as an email newsletter. Sign up for the JRY email newsletter here! I have some exciting new research about the cause of low back pain (LBP) to share with you today! If you've been following my work for a while (or if you stay current with modern pain science!), you likely know that the general public has many outdated beliefs about LBP. ? It's well-established scientific consensus that LBP is a multifactorial experience that's influenced by a complex interplay of biological, psychological, and social factors. However, the general public ..read more
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Triangle Pose: Stay Within Two Panes of Glass?
Jenni Rawlings Yoga & Movement | Blog
by Jenni Rawlings
1M ago
This blog post was first sent to Jenni’s email list as an email newsletter. Sign up for the JRY email newsletter here! The “two panes of glass” cue in triangle pose (trikonasana) might be one of the most controversial yoga cues out there. Have you noticed? Some schools of yoga happily teach this cue, using it to encourage students to align their body in the anatomical “frontal plane“ of movement in triangle pose. (That’s the plane of movement in which our movements are lateral, or side-to-side in nature.) On the flip side, other schools of yoga teach that this cue is inherently dangerous and ..read more
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Which Type of Stretching Works Best?
Jenni Rawlings Yoga & Movement | Blog
by Jenni Rawlings
2M ago
This blog post was first sent to Jenni’s email list as an email newsletter. Sign up for the JRY email newsletter here! Pssst!... Before we dive into today's yoga geeky topic, a quick announcement:   Sign up now!   There are many styles of stretching and flexibility training – which one is the best? This is a question many of us yoga and movement geeks often ponder. ? Stretching is an integral component of all styles of yoga practice. But if we understand which types of stretching work best, this may better inform our choices in our own yoga practice or teaching! Before w ..read more
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Yoga Anatomy Book Recommended Reading List
Jenni Rawlings Yoga & Movement | Blog
by Jenni Rawlings
2M ago
This blog post was first sent to Jenni’s email list as an email newsletter. Sign up for the JRY email newsletter here! As a yoga teacher who's studied movement science for years, I regularly receive questions about which yoga anatomy/biomechanics/movement books I recommend. In fact, here are two requests I received just this past week! “I really want to dive deeper into the topic of yoga anatomy and wonder which books you would recommend for that? I've already taken a deeper look into some of the publications out there but was feeling disappointed about their content….” "Hello! I wanted to ..read more
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Are Crunches and Sit-Ups Bad Movements?
Jenni Rawlings Yoga & Movement | Blog
by Jenni Rawlings
3M ago
This blog post was first sent to Jenni’s email list as an email newsletter. Sign up for the JRY email newsletter here! Are crunches and sit-ups bad movements that we should avoid? No, according to science, these movements are *not* bad movements. But you wouldn’t know that if you relied on social media posts from yoga and fitness influencers these days for your movement information and guidance! ? Our spine consists of over 75 individual joints which all have movement available to them. That is a ton of potential for movement, and moving the joints of our body through their full ranges of moti ..read more
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Top 3 Challenging Half Moon Variations
Jenni Rawlings Yoga & Movement | Blog
by Jenni Rawlings
3M ago
This blog post was first sent to Jenni’s email list as an email newsletter. Sign up for the JRY email newsletter here! Jump to video Jump to written article Half moon (ardha chandrasana) is one of my personal favorite yoga poses! In addition to classic half moon, I also like to practice and teach variations of half moon that add novelty and load to the pose. Here are my top 3 challenging variations of half moon – in both video format and written format! Choose the form of content you prefer – or learn from both! :) VIDEO   Top 3 Challenging Half Moon Variations Variation 1: The Half ..read more
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Do You Need a Strong Core for Handstand?
Jenni Rawlings Yoga & Movement | Blog
by Jenni Rawlings
3M ago
This blog post was first sent to Jenni’s email list as an email newsletter. Sign up for the JRY email newsletter here! I’ve been taught many times that a strong core is the key to handstand. Have you heard messaging like this, too? The idea is usually that in order to practice handstand well, we need to make strengthening the core our top priority. I question this line of thinking, though. While the core definitely plays a role in handstand (adho mukha vrksasana), I don't think it's the top priority or "the key" to this challenging pose. [Disclaimer: in this post, I’m re ..read more
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Are Closed-to-Open Hip Transitions Safe? The Definitive Guide
Jenni Rawlings Yoga & Movement | Blog
by Jenni Rawlings
4M ago
This blog post was first sent to Jenni’s email list as an email newsletter. Sign up for the JRY email newsletter here! Spoiler alert: Yes, closed-to-open hip transitions are safe, and in this article, I’ll share a new and very important insight that definitively closes the case on this question! If you’ve followed my work for a while, you probably know that many of the alignment rules we’re taught in yoga are simply not supported by movement science. Thankfully, some of these old-school alignment rules seem to be fading in their prominence these days (e.g., “never place your foot on your knee ..read more
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