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When Two Wings Don’t Make a Wight (sorry)

Winging is a catch-all phrase to describe different positions of the scapula on the back. In this video, I discuss a few different reasons why it might be happening, including one you may not know about… Let me know your thoughts in the comments!...

Got Mask Mouth?

If you have to wear a mask for long hours -  clinicians, movement teachers, or any other person-facing jobs – you may have found yourself doing all sorts of weird facial contortions to try and make more room under that mask.When we first reopened the clinic and I had...

What’s Your #1 Job as a Movement Teacher?

Recently, I posted a question on Instagram: what do you think is the most important job for a movement teacher? I got a lot of great responses from you, most of which cited helping students feel better, gain confidence, move well etc. What's the Uber-skill (not a car...

What If Your Client Won’t Stop Pushing Through Pain?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=48yzhwWqIyk&t Have you ever had a student who won't stop pushing through pain? Or they don't want to modify what they're doing, even though it hurts?  I see this all the time in the clinic, when someone comes in and they (for...

How Do I Work with a ‘Fragile’ Client?

Have you ever had a new student or client tell you, "My doctor said I can never [insert type of movement] because I will hurt myself" (or something similar)?To be fair, not all doctors use fear-mongering language, and it's not only the purview of the medical...

Podcast Interview: Ask A PT

Have you ever been to a physical therapist?  Or have you ever wondered if you should have, but didn't know if it was the right time?If you're having pain in your body, it can be easy to dismiss it ("I've had this back pain for 20 years, it's just How....

30ish Bridges in 30ish Seconds

Last week I talked about how sometimes a simple bridge is exactly what our student or client needs, and we don’t always have to invent the most creative / most complicated movements every time we teach. And then over the weekend I did something to my foot...

You Don’t Have to Reinvent the Bridge for Privates

Have you ever felt pressured to keep your students entertained with constant new variations on basic yoga poses?"It's Utkatasana, but with Warrior 2 arms!" (actually, I might use that someday ;-))If this is tough for you, it definitely doesn't help to see other...

Do I Have to do the Same Exercise on Both Sides?

I don’t know about you, but when I did my first yoga teacher training, I was told that you always do the same sequence of poses on both sides. I didn't know much about anything at that time, so I didn't really question it, but it left me...

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I love to write, and I love concepts and understandings about human movement, which make me a professional body nerd. Former editor of the Yoga Tune Up blog, you’ll find all my current ideas and obsessions here.

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Recently, I posted a question on Instagram: what do you think is the most important job for a movement teacher? I got a lot of great responses from you, most of which cited helping students feel better, gain confidence, move well etc.What's the Uber-skill (not a car service) in achieving all those things? Communication.If your students don’t understand you, that’s your problem, not theirs.Watch my video to see some examples of not great teaching that I have experienced and that may be all too familiar to you, and for my suggestions on what to do when you're not making yourself understood!Do you have go-to tricks for this? I'd love to hear about them in the comments! ... See MoreSee Less
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Recently, I posted a question on Instagram: what do you think is the most important job for a movement teacher? I got a lot of great responses from you, most of which cited helping students feel better, gain confidence, move well etc.What's the Uber-skill (not a car service) in achieving all those things? Communication.If your students don’t understand you, that’s your problem, not theirs.Watch my video to see some examples of not great teaching that I have experienced and that may be all too familiar to you, and for my suggestions on what to do when you're not making yourself understood!Do you have go-to tricks for this? I'd love to hear about them in the comments! ... See MoreSee Less
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Have you had a student who won’t stop or modify what they’re doing, even if it hurts? I see this all the time in the clinic, when someone (for example) loves running, but now they have hip pain, and they want their hip pain to get better, but they don’t want to stop running. I used to see it as a yoga teacher when people wanted to practice every day, typically the vinyasa/power styles, and they had pain, but weren’t willing to reduce or change their yoga practice. It can be that the movement is a meaningful part of their identity - if I’m not doing yoga every day, can I call myself a practitioner? Or sometimes it’s the ONLY exercise that they like and will stick to, or it has a bigger impact on their life as a form of community, etc. Ultimately, the person is going to do what they want. (It’s so annoying that people won’t just do what you tell them to do). What the video for my tips on negotiating this! ... See MoreSee Less
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We’ve probably all had students who have been told that they should never do a certain movement, or they are especially sensitive or fragile. So how do we work with these students? Watch to find out!💪🧠💪And if you like this, you’ll love Quantum Leap Community, my small group mentorship program for movement teachers.🧠🤓🧠👆link in bio gets you a free sample QLC class! #yogaclassesonline #onlineyogaclasses #neckpainrelief #backpainexercises #mobilityclasses #bodynerd #yogatherapy #movementtherapy #practiceyoga #askaPT #antifragility #embodystrength #yogateachermentor ... See MoreSee Less
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