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What To Do With Your Foam Roller

Ok, so just to clarify – you can still foam roll all you want on it. Roll your heart out. Recently, more and more studies are showing that a more pliable and targeted tool will be more effective…

Help For Your Stiff Neck

For lots of people with neck pain, their cervical range of motion – the movements they are able to do with their neck – become limited as a protective mechanism. If you’ve had neck pain for a while…

What is Bandwidth?

As movement teachers, we are often torn between two competing schools of thought around how we teach. Generally speaking, the two options are: do I control with intense precision every movement that my students make, so that they never do a movement that is ‘wrong,’ or do I allow a more freeform approach, so that they can let their bodies move in all sorts of positions and ways before they settle into where I want them to be?

Isometric Contractions For Pain Relief

Something that´s been on my radar lately is the study of isometric muscle contraction and its relationship to pain relief. If that sentence made you say, ¨Huh?¨ – let´s back up and review.

About Sarah

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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7 months ago

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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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7 months ago

Quantum Leap
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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7 months ago

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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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8 months ago

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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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