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In Yoga: Bend Back, Don’t Swayback!

November, 2016

Not all backbends are created equal. Healthy backbends happens at the lowest lumbar level (L5-S1); unhealthy backbends happen higher up in the lumbar spine.
Cecily Frederick doing a back dive
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Why Keep the Body forward in Warrior I Pose?

August, 2020

A general tenet of the Gokhale Method approach is that micro-level adjustments can lead to macro-level results. Like the world we live in, the human body is a complex, interconnected system. So it is not surprising that attainable tweaks in how we use our bodies can have beneficial effects on our function and well-being.

Yoga is no different. If you have an established yoga practice, you’ve probably discovered for yourself that small adjustments are not so small in the aggregate! Learn the specifics of why I make this particular adjustment to Warrior I Pose (Virabhadrasana I) in my latest blog post. Read more

Ginna Edwards’ Success Story

June, 2021

I was 27 years old and in a hot yoga class when I felt something shift in my lower back. That was the start of my back pain. After resting and icing for a couple of weeks, I went to physical therapy and was told that my SI (sacroiliac) joint was the culprit. Physical therapy exacerbated my pain, so I stopped going. Three months later, the pain subsided, but would return in certain movements. Yoga poses, including the plank and bridge poses recommended by my physical therapist, caused pain, so with great disappointment I stopped practicing yoga. I’d already stopped swimming and playing tennis due to impingement syndrome in my right shoulder, which my physical therapy hadn’t helped either. My exercise options dwindled down to walking.

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