Fall in love with Meditation

By Yazdan Raees, DOMP Wherever you are, you are one with the clouds and one with the sun and the stars you see. You are one with everything. That is more true than I can say, and more true than you can hear. ~Shunryu Suzuki Learn to Meditate: 1. Sit comfortably with your spine straight and eyes […]

The Upward Dog

1 – Lie on your stomach 2 – Lift the chest off the floor and look forward, hands and elbows in front of you on the floor 3 – Pull with the fingers, driving the body forward (Stay here for 5 breaths or continue) 4 – Push the tailbone down and tighten the front of […]

The sternocleidomastoid. What is this muscle? Why does it matter?

The sternocleidomastoid (SCM) attaches up at the mastoid process (behind the ear) immediately below the skull and stretches down to the sternum (chest bone) and clavicle (collar bone). The SCM’s actions are crucial for a healthy cervical spine, but the unfortunate reality of everyday society is that we place these muscles in a jeopardized position. […]

Child’s Pose Stretch

Child’s Pose is known as “Balasana” in Yoga [bala= child, asana =posture]. It’s easy to underestimate both the challenge and the opportunity of this simple pose. If you’ve been to a yoga class, you may know Child’s Pose as a resting posture – something provided as option when you need a break. Labeling something as […]

The Adductors Stretch

The action performed by the adductors is most often overshadowed by the more obvious actions of the muscles at the front and back of the leg. This action is to bring the leg closer to the midline of the body. While this isn’t an action that we often have to perform in full, walking would […]

The Piriformis Stretch

Pain in the butt at work? Then this stretch is for you. The piriformis muscle attaches at the front of the side of the sacrum (tail bone), and then travels down and out to the top of the femur. It’s actions vary depending on the position of the leg relative to the hip. It is […]

Strengthen your feet: Toe Crunches

Another important facet in the health of the feet is the strength of the smaller muscles that control the toes, as well as support the arch and aid in complicated motion of the ankle. Working each of these muscles individually would quickly become an exercise in patience so it is best done as a group. […]

Calves & Feet: The Stair Stretch

Together, the Gastrocnemius and Soleus muscles form the bulk of the calf. The Gastroc’s begins on both sides of the back of the knee while the Soleus begins attached to the outside of the back of the Tibia. They both then merge into the Achilles tendon and descend along the back of the heel. When […]