abdominals

What Do You Store in Your Core?

Jill Miller by Jill Miller | July 24th, 2012 | 13 Comments
topic: Fitness, Personal Growth, Yoga | tags: abdominal massage, abdominal pain, abdominal surgery, abdominals, abs, back-pain, bulimia, bulimic, core, Coregeous, eating disorder, emotions, Kelly Starrett, Mobilitywod.com, nauli, nauli kriya, pilates, post-partum, post-partum depression, scar tissue, Yoga, Yoga Tune Up®

Core MassageWhen I was an 18-year-old yogini, I was also an active bulimic. I was in college studying dance, training to be a shiatsu therapist (Japanese pressure point massage), making sandwiches and slicing salami at Jimmy John’s Deli, racing around Chicago learning yoga, and using food to self-medicate.

During that time, I remember never feeling connected to my core, my abdominal muscles. My Pilates teacher was always giving me corrections that I could not embody. In dance class, I was never able to find balance in my turns or jumps, and I would often duck out of class in frustration. Then I would become even angrier with myself because I was a quitter! This would inevitably lead to a binge and purge.

Top 10 Sports-Related Injuries and Yoga Poses to Avoid Them

Gwen Lawrence by Gwen Lawrence | April 12th, 2012 | 2 Comments
topic: Fitness, Yoga | tags: abdominals, abs, Achilles tendon, ACL, ankles, athletes, avoid injury, balance, feet, flexibility, flexible, foot, hamstrings, hips, injuries, joints, knees, low back, lower back, MCL, meniscus, muscles, neck, New York Giants, pain, plantar fasciitis, problems, shoulders, sports, sprains, strains, strength, tight, wrists, yoga poses

Yoga for Sports Injuries

The most common reason for sports-related injuries — whether you’re a recreational athlete or a pro, from ages 10-80 — is overuse and abuse. In my experience, most injuries arise when athletes disconnect from their bodies. Their eyes are on perfection, or the competition.

It follows that the best prevention is to become acutely aware of your body — its shape, its symmetry, how it feels, the range in the joints. Many sports can create asymmetries in the body because they are one-side dominant (think of swinging a baseball bat or golf club or tennis racket). It’s your job to recognize these imbalances before they become injuries. To help you, I’ve identified the top 10 most common sports-related injuries and given you a few yoga poses for athletes to to help correct the imbalances and asymmetries that cause them.

How to Get Really, REALLY Strong Abs: Develop Yogic Under-Armor

Jill Miller by Jill Miller | January 31st, 2011 | 7 Comments
topic: Fitness, Yoga | tags: 6 pack, abdominal bracing, abdominals, core integration, diaphragm, Dr. Stuart McGill, nauli kriya, uddihyana bandha

Uddihyana Bandha - Abdominal Vacuum or "Diaphragm Stretch"

Abs are a hot topic. Always. Core strengthening videos and equipment are the number one biggest-selling item in the fitness category year after year. They run the gamut, from core-based exercise genres like Pilates to midnight infomercial Ab machines.

Can Yoga Really Help Back Pain?

Jill Miller by Jill Miller | August 6th, 2010 | 11 Comments
topic: Yoga | tags: abdominals, alternative medicine, asanas, back spasm, back-pain, balanceball chair, Fitness, healing, Jithara Parivartonasana, Leg Stretch #3, osteoarthrisis, Prasarita Lunges, Revolved Abdominal Pose, sciatica, spine, Supta Padangusthasana #3, therapist, yoga breathing techniques, Yoga Tune Up®, yoga-therapy

Yoga therapist helping a studentAs a specialized yoga teacher and yoga therapist, my job is to help people heal themselves through the art and science of yoga. This includes postures, breathing, emotional support and stress reduction. I have witnessed miracles on the mat and in the classroom. The successes I have seen are not unusual. Teachers of yoga of any style see their students’ lives improve on every level with disciplined practice.

A Workout to Build Core Strength in Body & Mind

Sadie Nardini by Sadie Nardini | January 13th, 2009 | 5 Comments
topic: Fitness, Health & Wellness, Personal Growth, Weight Loss, Yoga | tags: abdominals, abs, belly, core, detox, strength, tone, vinyasa, weight-loss

FISTS OF FIRE 1In more than a decade as a yoga instructor, I’ve noticed that yogis are often super strong in the arms and legs, but the core? Not so much.

Your New Year’s Goal: Operation Transformation!

Sadie Nardini by Sadie Nardini | December 30th, 2008 | 1 Comment
topic: Yoga | tags: abdominals, abs, arm, balance, calorie, core, detox, handstand, heart, holiday, power, resolutions, shoulders, strength, thighs, tone, vinyasa, weight, Yoga

What are your resolutions this year? If you’re like many people, you’ve got a goal in mind: lose weight, make a change in your job or relationships, treat yourself better, or otherwise embark on an Operation: Transformation!