The Mysterious and Misunderstood Diaphragm “Sing from your diaphragm!” the choir teacher exhorts. The diligent students nod, and try to sing…louder? More diaphragmily? “Let’s do some nice, deep, diaphragmatic breathing,” coaches your yoga teacher. She knows what she’s doing. So you breathe…deeper? Louder, maybe? Despite being frequently invoked by professionals who work with breathing, the […]Read More Dance Party on Your Diaphragm
The last few weeks in our Mamas Fitness class, we explored some concepts for improving walking mechanics in your body. Here are some key points, but first some… Disclaimers, or grains of salt Not an issue of good and evil. As of right now, within the available research, there isn’t definitive consensus on the “best” […]Read More Walk Well
You may be expecting some bear-related baby humor here. But this is actually a post about the amazing SI joint. I was just trying to tempt you into reading something that might sound dry. But it’s not! The SI joint is a fantastically complex and unusual joint. Scientists struggled over the years to correctly understand […]Read More Your Child Is Part Bear
Are you aware of your serratus muscle? It’s an important one for postpartum women and anyone suffering from forward head (that’s lots of people). The serratus anterior runs under the shoulder blades and curves around the sides of the upper rib cage, connecting to the ends of the ribs. It’s kind of like those under-their-suit-jacket […]Read More The Right Way to Reach
I think I get it. Running, that’s your powerful thing. The thing you can do by yourself, without any equipment, without needing to reserve a spot in class a day before, without needing to get in the car again. The thing where no one talks to you, or asks you where something is, or demands […]Read More I Really Miss Running
Well, I don’t know. Really. The muscles in and around the back are complex. But I have a few guesses, and maybe I can help get your back feeling a whole lot better. Back Pain and Me I loved that bright little post-nap smile when my babies were ready to get up from their naps, […]Read More Why Does My Back Hurt?
Read this, then: close your eyes picture a beautiful place with moving water and, in your mind, repeat this sentence three to ten times: Joy–let it flow over me.Read More The Shortest Meditation