A common cause of low back pain is when our deep core muscles do not fire before we actually move our trunk or limbs. This can easily happen from prolonged sitting, from too many forward bend postures or even after an episode of low back pain, where the hip flexor muscles override the stabilising role of the deep transverse abdominis muscle.
In yoga we tend to tend to focus our movements within just three planes of motion. This simple exercise takes the many small facet joints in our neck through their entire spectrum of movement.
Monica’s latest video clip on how to decrease stress on your neck when taking your head back. Check out her blog on this same subject:
Tune into Monica’s new YouTube channel ‘Heal Yourself’. This is a video to compliment her blog on ‘Saving Your Neck’ (link) and is an easy postural correction to apply both on and off the mat! It shows you how to down-regulate the SCM neck muscle to activate your deep stabilising muscles. This helps to correct a forward head carriage (computer head) and reduces the stress and wear and tear on your neck.
Here is a new video with Monica that is part of her series “Healing Yourself”. A related article fully explaining its role in healing low back pain will be posted soon.
The most common shoulder problem I encounter in yogis is one that is often overlooked even by professional musculoskeletal therapists. It is the displacement of the tendon of the long head of the biceps brachii muscle from its bicipital groove. This usually causes pain at the front (anterior) of the shoulder, which sometimes radiates down the front of the arm even to the hand.
I really enjoyed this hour-long interview with Ryan Spielman. I felt he had really tuned into my work and asked great questions. It is called from Disappointment to Samadhi. Here it is: