How do I get flexible super fast? I think that is the question I get asked most. The good news is, there is a little trick that can help you. A trick you can do on your own. Although it does work better with a partner. I’ll tell you everything about it in this video: […]
The iliopsoas is an important muscle in your yoga practice, because a ‘short’ iliopsoas restricts you in back bends, whereas a weak iliopsoas restricts you in lifting up your leg and/or trunk.
Most of us have too much stress. It is – sadly enough – part of living in the 21st century. Here are five ways stress affects your health in a negative way.
You can’t lengthen your muscles. I’m sorry for all people who say they have short muscles. They won’t get any longer; no matter how much stretching you do.
Hamstrings play a major part in your yoga practice. Your hamstrings are the muscles located at the back of your thighs and the ones that allow you to bend forwards (or not) from your hip (joint) and bend your lower leg (backwards).
Joints are a place in your body where two (or more) bones come together and movement is possible. That’s why they play an important roll in your yoga practice. Without joints no movement. Although movement is a big word, because some of your joints can’t move at all, but others can move a little and some […]
(Low) back pain is for a lot of people a reason to start doing yoga. They want to cure their back with yoga. However: wrong alignment can make problems worse. At the same time: a some yogis start without any back problems, but develop them because of doing yoga with incorrect alignment. The biggest cause of […]
Knowledge of the main bones of the skeletal system is necessary to understand why you can or can’t do certain asanas, because your skeletal system plays a main part in how you move. Muscles can be stretched, but bones will be bones. The human body is made up of 206 bones. They are as strong as […]
Anatomy and physiology are often used together or one term is used instead of the other. We use both when we talk about the human body, but there is a difference. In anatomy we look at the structure of body parts. In physiology we look how body parts function. So we either look at how the […]
Muscle contraction – which muscles are active and which ones are not – is one of the hardest things to understand in yoga. But if you want to be a good yoga teacher who can help his / her students to enhance their practice you do want to know how the human body works and how muscles […]
Yoga is more than asanas (yoga poses). There is a whole science and a whole philosophy behind it. Even the poses aren’t just stretches. Doing them can break neuro-linguistic pathways. It’s something I always like to keep in mind whenever I teach or do yoga. But for now, let us focus on the asanas. If […]
Stretching, more stretching and even more stretching. Power, more power and even more power. Doing Ashtanga yoga is relaxing and at the same time suffering. Within a month we are trying to double up the power we have in our bodies. It’s putting a strain on my body that seems to be built for sports […]
With yoga we can heal our body: our heart, endocrine system, nervous system, muscles and our respiratory system. This system is responsible for our ‘life energy’. To provide our cells with the energy they need to maintain themselves, to grow, to defend themselves and our bodies to treats from the outside (viruses) and to propagate […]
Yoga helps the heart perform its function in an easy way. But before we look at the heart, let’s look at blood first. Because it is the blood that is pumped around by the heart. Blood is made up of plasma (a liquid) and three different types of blood cells that are floating in this […]
Why does the girl next to you simple drops back in upward bow, while you can’t hold that pose for even two breaths and everything hurts when you are doing it? Why does everybody around you complains that they have so much pain in lotus, where it is for you the easiest pose there is. […]
There is no picture perfect in yoga. There is not just one option, one way a yoga pose have to be practiced. There are as many options as people in this world. It’s very tempting to think that a pose has to be done in a certain way. Guide books will show you ‘how it […]
Our endocrine system controls the way our body functions. It produces hormones that travel to all parts of your body to maintain our tissues and organs. Every hormone that is released into our blood and is transported by our blood has a specific instruction, meant for only a few cells: the target cells. These target […]
Do you want to de-stress? Get better in Tantra? Feel fitter in general? Or heal old injuries that don’t seem to get any better? Start belly breathing. Belly breathing is what it is: breathing from your belly. It sounds simple, but most of us don’t do it. Most of us breath real shallow; in our […]
The nervous system, together with the endocrine system, coordinates all activities of the organ systems to maintain homeostasis (keeping the body healthy and into balance). With yoga we directly influence our nervous system by doing asanas, pranayama and meditation. The nervous system reacts quickly on signals from outside the body, but these reactions don’t last […]
Every skeletal system is unique. No two humans will have the same skeletal system. They will have the same amount of bones, but the way the skeletal system is constructed, the way the bones interact and move is unique. The movement and the construction of the skeletal system determines which yoga poses will go easy […]
To understand yoga it’s good to have an understanding of the working of the human brain and of the human body. In this blog we will look at the body: from atom to human. A human is built out of: Atoms – the smallest (stable) building blocks of the human body. They group together to […]
The human body consists of eleven organ systems. These systems work together and influence each other. It’s not possible to make a clear distinction were one systems ends and another one starts, because they are so interconnected. By doing yoga we influence these eleven systems of the body. The eleven systems of the body are: skin […]