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Sensational Yoga Poses

Experience your body, understand it, connect with it
Updated: 2020 02 04

Muscle driven sensation (the making of sensational yoga poses)

Lots of people want a "sensational" body, i.e. one that looks good. The "sensational" in sensational yoga poses means something slightly different.

It refers to the sensations that are created within your body when you use it. More precisely, it's the sensations that are "driven" by your muscles and that are quantifiable as muscular effort, tension, force, and pressure.

These are the sensations that can help you become present within your body. These are the sensations that allow you to directly experience your body. These are the sensations that indicate that your muscles are working.

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Alphabetical indexes

For a list of yoga poses listed alphabetically click: alphabetical yoga poses. For a list of all files listed alphabetically and also by category click: alphabetical index

Yoga poses

The yoga poses page includes two table of contents, one for the basics of yoga poses, and the other for yoga pose categories.

The basics includes tips for beginners, tips for sequencing poses intelligently as well as basic ideas for how to "do" yoga poses.

Yoga poses: categories

The categories section of the yoga poses page includes links to poses categorized by position (standing, sitting etc.) and action (twisting, side bending, forward bending etc.)

Flexibility

The yoga for flexibility page includes two table of contents, one focuses on the basics of stretching and improving flexibility while the other includes links to stretches categorized by parts of the body.

Flexibility and stretching: categories

The categories section of yoga for flexibility includes links to stretches that are grouped according to body part.

Strength

The yoga for strength page focuses on improving strength, generally using body weight and yoga poses, but also with some kettle bell exercises (and weight lifting ideas coming soon).

If there is anything basic for working on strength, the one suggestion I'd make is to create a stable foundation for the muscles that you are trying to strengthen.

Learning to balance

One idea that is fairly prevalent is that balance is "activity specific"". I'd like to dissuade you of that notion, and show you that when learning how to balance, it is possible to learn it in a way that is transferable to a wider range of activities and positions.

De-stressing

Some people come to yoga simply to de-stress. You may find it enough to simply do yoga (either referring to the strength, yoga poses or flexibility categories). However, for a bit more of a low down on how to use yoga for de-stressing, and some other practices for de-stressing including meditation, dance of shiva and meridian yoga, then check out the yoga for de-stressing page.

Sensational Anatomy

Sensational yoga anatomy is anatomy that is relevant to the practice of yoga, movement in general and proprioception. It deals mainly with muscles, bones, connective tissue and joints and in particular keeping joints lubricated.

The Foot anatomy and biomechanics page relates to the foot, ankle and even the heel.

There is a set of muscles that could be called "the long foot muscles" that tie together actions of the foot, ankle and shin. These muscles can even affect heel stability. In addition, these muscles, and the as yet to be written about "long toe muscles" can all be used for better foot control in general as well as for dealing with collapsed arches.

These same muscles can also be important when dealing with knee and hip issues. They can also aid in improving flexibility of the ankles, knees and hips.

The knee joint

The keeping knees healthy page includes links to articles on knee anatomy as well as exercises for the knees and tips for dealing with knee pain.

The hip joint

The hip joint page includes links to articles on the hip joint. This includes anatomy, how to exercise the hip joints and how to keep them lubricated which is especially important if you want your hips to last you a life time.

The lower back

The lower back page includes links to articles on the SI Joints as well as the lower part of the ribcage. If you want to strengthen your lower back, improve flexibility, or deal with low back pain, it helps to have a thorough understanding of all of these and how they relate.

Breath and posture

The breath and posture page includes includes links to articles that focus on the spine (feeling it and controlling it) as well as links to articles on the ribcage. Both of these are key structures when dealing with both breath (breathing exercises) and posture.

Spinal column

Exercises for feeling and controlling the spine are often one of the first things that I teach in my classes. That includes learning to feel the ribcage. Learning to feel and control the elements of your spine (including the hips, ribcage and head) can make it easier to improve your posture and make it easier to learn a variety of different breathing exercises.

Posture

As alluded to above, in order to fix posture easily, it helps to be able to feel and control the elements of your spine. Since the same elements can be used to positively affect both breath control and posture, the exercises that I use to as a first step to improving posture can also double as breathing exercises.

With more advanced posture improving practices, different breathing techniques become more important.

Breathing anatomy and exercises

One of the first things to note about breathing is how the size of the apperture you are breathing through can affect your breathing efforts. That's a little of what is covered in breathing basics. To make breathing exercises easier to learn it can help if you understand the muscles that you can use for respiration and how they can be used in different combinations. Another important ideas is understanding how posture affects your breath. You can use this understanding to make it easier to learn different breathing techniques more easily.

Shoulders and Arms

The shoulders and arms page focuses on the shoulders and arms as well as the ribcage.

Proprioception and Flow

One reason for grouping proprioception and flow, under one category is that proprioception can make it easier to get into the flow. That being said, you don't necessarily need to use proprioception in order to get into the flow.

I've included a more detailed explanation of the flow, and it's opposite mind-state in my book Know to Flow.

A large part of this book is about learning more efficiently, and also, how you can implement flow while learning to make learning almost anything more enjoyable.

With respect to proprioception:

All of these "sensations" provide a gate way to becoming present or getting into the flow. They are also a means of experiencing your body and learning to understand it.

I've included a more detailed explanation of the flow, and it's opposite mind-state in my book Know to Flow. A large part of this book is about learning more efficiently, and also, how you can implement flow while learning to make learning almost anything more enjoyable.

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