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Anxiety to Zen: An Open Letter to Yoga

Bonnie Schmidt by Bonnie Schmidt | March 18th, 2013 | 2 Comments
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Yoga saved my life.

Pretty grand statement, I know. And perhaps other people say that, too. I guess depending on where you are in life or what you happen to be going through, there are a lot of things that can save your life. A good book could do it, a sign from the universe or maybe even a strong martini. But when I say that yoga saved my life, I mean it truly came into my life during one of the darkest moments I had ever experienced and gave me back my desire to really live — fully and entirely.

A few years back, I found myself completely paralyzed with anxiety. I couldn’t go to work, drive my car or even leave my house without a potential panic attack. This anxiety made me angry. It made me resentful. But most of all, it made me an entirely different person. I became a shell of what I used to be. A lot of people thought I’d stay that way. Full disclosure: I thought I’d stay that way too.

Yoga for Healthy Hamstrings

Kate Hanley by Kate Hanley | August 9th, 2012 | No Comments
topic: Fitness, Yoga | tags: biomechanist, forward bends, forward fold, heels, high heels, hyperflexion, Katy Bowman, low back pain, overstretching, paschimottanasana, restorative yoga poses, sitting, sitting too long, Standing Forward Bend, standing forward fold, stretch hamstrings, supta padangusthasana, tight hamstrings, touch toes, utanasana, Yoga, yoga block, yoga for hamstrings, yoga for legs, yoga strap

Raise your hand if you’re sitting down. Now raise your hand if you’re wearing shoes that have a heel height of an inch or more (running shoes and men’s dress shoes count).

Hand still in the air? Chances are, your hamstrings are tight. Really tight. Which means you’re more prone to damage in the knee and hip joints, pelvic floor disorders and low back pain.

What do these two seemingly unrelated things (your shoe choice and the likelihood you’ll be sitting most of the day) have to do with your hammies? Here are a couple basic things you need to know to connect the dots: