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Yoga Therapy for Hamstring Injuries

This injury often occurs where the tendon of the hamstring muscle knits into the membranous lining of the bone (the periosteum), in this case where it covers the ischial tuberosity or sit-bone. Often this is not a tear of the tendon itself but an avulsion, where the periosteum has been pulled or torn away from the bone. This injury can, of course, happen to varying degrees and brings pain and stiffness in forward bends. If you especially feel discomfort in wide-legged forward bends it is most likely the hamstring portion of adductor magnus where it also inserts onto the sit-bone that is injured […]

How to deal with common shoulder injuries

Most shoulder injuries are caused through rapid movements performed under load. Tears of the glenoid labrum, the cartilage lining of the glenoid fossa, are usually produced in the attempt to catch a heavy falling object. This object can be your own body, if for example you fall off a chair, a ladder or a bicycle and try to brace your fall with your arm.
A common problem is decreased space between the humerus and the acromiocoracoid ceiling, which differs from one individual to the next […]

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How about spontaneous Kundalini surges or Kundalini accidents?

I am getting a fair amount of enquiries relating to strange, very intense body symptoms, sometimes involving loss of consciousness, incredible surges of energy, burning sensations accompanied by emotional highs and discharges in some cases uncontrolled catharting. Some of these experiences are described as ecstatic, epiphanies, others as scary and threatening, but usually ‘out of control’.

Sometimes these experiences seem to be related to experimenting with Mula Bandha and breathing […]

What’s the correct name of that first posture in 3rd series?

I was asked about my thoughts regarding the name of the first posture in the Advanced A series of postures in Ashtanga Yoga. K P Jois calls this posture Vishvamitrasana and the second posture Vasishtasana whereas BKS Iyengar has the names the other way around and most modern authors have followed him. I will here briefly describe the characters of the two Vedic rishis and then make a convincing case for the correctness of Jois’ view […]