In Part 1 we looked at some of the biomechanics of neck problems and especially how to eliminate unnecessary tension in our neck when weight-bearing on our hands. In yoga asanas we commonly take our head back, extending our head and neck. Students are often cautious and hold back with this movement, concerned that it may hurt their neck. However, our necks are perfectly designed that we can gaze at the stars with wonder and delight! […]
Yoga is beautifully set up with a balance between energetic, extrovert practices such as asana and kriya and introspective, introvert practices such as meditation and pranayama. Even with pranayama itself such a balance can be achieved by breathing more through the left or right nostril respectively. Nowadays, because our society suffers from increased extroversion (result of too much prana in Pingala – right nostril) the most extravert aspect of yoga (asana- posture) has acquired much fame. If only asana is practiced then the tendency towards extraversion is increased […]
In the wake of the Anusara-, Kausthub Desikachar-, Bikram-, and Satyananda lineage scandals I am asking myself why so many gurus in the last 40 years have been deconstructed? Does this mean that gurus have always behaved like this or has something fundamentally changed? And why are spiritual teachers now possibly needed more than ever before?
Our necks are one of the most vulnerable parts of our body and once we have a neck problem they can be complex to resolve.
There are a few reasons why the neck cops the brunt of it. Firstly the neck or cervical spine has the greatest range of movement possible in the entire spine. This is partially due to the specific angle of the facet joints that connect each vertebra to the next but also due to the high ratio of vertebral body to disc height. This means that the vertebral discs in our neck are the thinnest and thereby the most vulnerable.