This yogi got bells…

I know it sounds weird when a yoga teacher says you should pick up some Kettlebells. I see the look almost every time I recommend Kettlebells to clients. The look roughly translates to, “I am a yogi. I do asana…not weights.” Trust me I can relate to this reaction because it was mine at first too. However, the recommendation came …

Why train with an HKC trainer?

Edited from Dragon Door   They have a deep understanding of the true benefits of kettlebell training—for all populations A solid knowledge of vital kettlebell training safety procedures A workmanlike grasp of the fundamentals of biomechanics—to ensure you move with perfect form and avoid injury They have a grasp of the key HardStyle skills and principles of strength An ability …

Understanding Fascia…

Fascia is awesome! I talk to my clients about this stuff all the time. We are just beginning to study and understand the role that fascia plays in movement, posture and pain. Here is an excellent youtube video of Gil Hedley explaining fascia as “the fuzz”. To think we used to just throw the fascia away when dissecting and studying …

Why everyone should have a Functional Movement Screening

Source: Functional Movement Systems Put simply, the FMS is a ranking and grading system that documents movement patterns that are key to normal function. By screening these patterns, the FMS readily identifies functional limitations and asymmetries. These are issues that can reduce the effects of functional training and physical conditioning and distort body awareness. The FMS generates the Functional Movement …

The Get-Up…

So little time and so much content. You can spend hours searching the web for something you are interested in or want to learn about. I know that I have spent tons of my time looking for things. This is my favorite youtube video for teaching the Turkish Get-Up. No it’s not the most technical and yes it is a …

How do I jump back?

I think the first thing to understand is where are you starting from. For example, can you do a proper chaturanga without going all banana boat? If the answer is no or even I don’t know. Best to stick with honing good chaturanga mechanics before moving onto the jump through, well what if the answer is yes, I can do …

Joint Breakdown…

What is the difference between a mobile joint and a stable joint? The answer is pretty simple. Mobile joints have a greater capacity for movement and where more movement should naturally arise. On the other hand, stable joints have a limited capacity for movement and should support the movement of the mobile joints. Now, what is NOT simple is when …

Good Patterns…

“Let’s create some good patterns.” These words came from my yoga teacher, David Kiel. The idea of good or functional movement patterns is not a new concept; nonetheless, his words resonated with me. Perhaps it is due to my bodywork background as a massage therapist. Here’s how I interpreted these words;   Cultivate both a healthy and safe practice for …

Fold From Where…?

The forward fold is one of the most common and repeated asanas found in yoga. So why are so many students folding wrong? My thoughts are its awareness. Not every student or teacher is aware of: Where hip flextion stops Where spinal flextion begins There is a simple and easy way to test the mechanics of your forward fold. It …

Every “Body” needs a little help…

Let’s talk about pain. Some pain during movement is not uncommon. For example, I hear, “It hurts when I fold, extend, twist” and so on. Let’s face it, we have all had this experience. Often, the common response is to push through the pain and keep going. This response is a topic I find myself educating clients on all the …