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Iron Hour Yoga: Learning the Proper Weight Hand Grips

  During Iron Hour Yoga, holding your weights in the proper manner will help you to get the most out of your exertion and ensure a safe and effective practice. There are three positions in which to hold your weights: pronate, supinate and hammer grip. A pronated grip is when the back of your hands are facing the ceiling and your hands are wrapped around the weights with palms facing down. In the standing series, during the lat pulls in Warrior II, you start the posture with a pronated grip. On the floor series with weights, the dumbbell chest presses…
Jodi Chmielewski
February 1, 2015
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Is Your Smartphone a Pain in the Neck?

Pressure caused by the angle of the neck and the weight of the head from looking down at mobile devices for long periods of time can lead to "text neck." A few days ago, I sat in the back seat of the car for a trip to New Orleans, and for the length of the two-hour drive, I was on my phone texting and responding to emails. By the time we reached the Big Easy, my neck was sore and felt overstretched. Turns out that "text neck" is a growing health condition caused by having your head hung forward and…
Jodi Chmielewski
December 1, 2014
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Yoga Anatomy: Agonist & Antagonist Muscle Groups

When you bring the hand toward the shoulder, the biceps is the agonist muscle and the triceps is the antagonist muscle. In the last newsletter, we discussed the elements of alignment. I hope that you have had the opportunity to focus on your alignment both in and out of the hot room. Alignment is such an important part of you practice and of your life! This time, we'll talk about agonist and antagonist muscle groups. For almost every major movement in the body, there is an agonist and antagonist muscle involved. The agonist muscle is the primary mover involved. Usually…
Jodi Chmielewski
November 1, 2014
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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