Stu Girling

Understanding the Effects of Acromion Process Restriction in Yoga

acrromion process and yoga

It is possible that some students may feel discomfort in the shoulder whilst doing certain actions in the yoga. One potential answer to this may be the underlying bony structure of the shoulder, specifically the shape and size of the acromion process.. This is not a topic that applies to everyone but is useful for teachers to have an understanding of as well as for students that feel something is not happening quite as it should at the shoulder. I…

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Nakrasana Posture – Ashtanga Yoga

Nakrasana with Stu

Nakrasana is one of those bizarre postures that crop up now and again in Ashtanga. I always loved it right from the word go because of the playful element and the chance to build strength. In this video I give you some tips to help bring your inner crocodile to life.

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Softening The Low Back

softening the low back with Stu

Low back ache is suffered by so many people and as a yoga student it can often make you feel vulnerable or uncomfortable. Depending on the underlying cause of the discomfort these few postures may help you on your way to finding more space and softness.

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Chest Opening with Yoga Style Exercises

Chest Opening with Stu

It is such a common postural pattern nowadays for people to shorten the front of their body by bringing their shoulders or head forward. This can lead to neck pain, head aches and even back pain as well as reduce the quality of your breathing. Here are some simple exercises with minimal equipment that will help ease your body back to a more neutral state.

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Opening The Shoulders In Flexion

Shoulder Flexion Opener

Many students find their elbow go out when they are in Warrior I, Upward Facing Wheel, Downdog and many more. Here is a shoulder opener that will help you improve this type of shoulder mobility.

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Upper Back And Shoulder Opener for Kapotasana

Upper Back Opener Kapotasana

This is one of my own personal favorites, not easy to get into and out of but you really feel it working to increase the range of motion you have in the upper back (extension) and shoulders (flexion). Great for helping you finding comfort in yoga postures that require those sorts of openings such as Kapotasana, Urdhva Dhanurasana (Upward Facing Wheel) and Pincha Mayurasana (forearm balance).

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Asana School – Baddha Konasana

Baddha Konasana

In this video we take an in depth look at the posture Baddha Konasana from the Ashtanga Primary Series. Taking an anatomical perspective we can decide how it is best to try and deepen the posture.

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