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Reach For It: Troubleshooting Back and Shoulder Flexibility

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By now, you have probably tried last week’s exercise. How is your Pigeon or Dancer Pose coming along? Did you have any issues with it or see any improvements? If you struggled to see any improvement, here are some tips as to why that happened. Twist Lower It is important to rotate during the Leverage from as low on the spine as possible. This way you are stretching your psoas muscle while simultaneously working the stabilizing back muscles. If you only twist from the upper spine, the psoas will not be affected. So if you twist to the right first,...

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Reach For It: Strength and Flexibility In Your Back and Shoulders

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Have you ever tried to reach back for your foot and felt stuck? We are going to help you with that in this next series. One of the most commonly sought after stretches for yogis, dancers, and aerialists is to be able to reach your foot from behind, such as in a full Dancer’s Pose (Natarajasana) or full King Pigeon Pose(Eka Pada Raja Kapatonasana). These positions require an incredible amount of opening in the hip flexors, spine extensors, and rotator cuff muscles. This article will focus on opening up the back,  shoulder, and abdominal muscles to accomplish these challenging positions. Whether...

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Strength in Flexibility: Foot & Ankle – PART 3

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Welcome back to the final installment of the Foot & Ankle series. By this time, you have tried a few stretching and strengthening exercises on your own or with the help of the Foot and Ankle Flexibility Program. In PART TWO, a couple of challenges were brought to light that will be addressed below. Together we will review some solutions to these common difficulties and you will quite literally be able to put your best foot forward the next time you step into class! Challenge 1: Controlled Relevé The ideal relevé begins with the feet flat on the floor. From here,...

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Strength in Flexibility: Foot & Ankle – PART 2

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The foot is a dancer’s golden pedestal. Take care of the foot and ankle and dance away with confidence. In PART ONE of this series we spoke about the anatomy of the foot and ankle and introduced stretches for its lateral and medial edges to help maximize that perfect point. We also stressed the importance of strength and hope you have already seen some improvements through relevés in class as well as the variations found in the Foot and Ankle Flexibility Program. Many exercises do not come easy, so if you are running into challenges, it is helpful to break them...

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Strength in Flexibility: Foot & Ankle – PART 1

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Every day, millions of people wake up, drive to work, run errands, and take part in various other activities. But as a dancer, “being on your feet” all day takes on a whole new meaning. To a dancer, movement is life. The thought of a foot or ankle injury is unbearable and in many cases, injuries to these areas can be career-ending. Therefore, it is important to both stretch and strengthen these priceless assets to avoid any mishaps. The foot and ankle take quite the beating on an everyday basis as they absorb shock and also help to support your...

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