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Jodi Chmielewski

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Keeping Your Two Hips in One Line

When we teach this wonderful healing yoga, you will often hear us tell you to put "two hips in one line." You may wonder what that means. Two hips in one line translates to alignment on a variety of planes. For example, in Standing Separate Leg Head to Knee, we encourage you to turn your hips, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 times to get two hips in one line. That one line is the saggital plane, assuming, of course, your hips are already on the transverse and coronal planes. Hold on, let me back up a bit. There are three…
Jodi Chmielewski
October 1, 2014
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How to Lock the Knee in Proper Alignment

Engage your abs in the balancing series poses. Your core strength helps with both balance and alignment. When people first start to practice and hear teachers tell yogis to lock their knee, a variety of thoughts pop into their head: "No way! My coach told me to always keep the knees bent!" "No way! My drill sergeant (or choral teacher or minister) told me I'd pass out if I locked my knees!" "No way! That will hurt!" "Okay" Every one of these answers is a legitimate response. The key to locking your knee is knowing HOW to lock your knees…
Jodi Chmielewski
September 1, 2014
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Half Tortoise: Did You Know?

Touching your forehead to the floor is an important step in Half Tortoise pose. There's a reason we tell you to touch your forehead to your knee, or to the floor! The pineal gland, also known as "the third eye," is a small endocrine gland in the brain. It produces melatonin, which affects both sleep patterns and circadian rhythms. As we age, the pineal starts to develop calcium deposits, which isn't necessarily a good thing! Touching your forehead to your knee or the floor can help to stimulate the pineal gland. Now I'm not sure that doing Half Tortoise is…
Jodi Chmielewski
August 1, 2014