The Pecs

Another muscle that effects our posture are the Pectoral muscles, the muscles of your chest. Are you seeing a theme here? 😐 The Anatomy - The pectoralis major muscle is a large muscle in the upper chest, fanning across the chest from the upper arm, across the collar bone and onto the breastbone (see image above). The two pectoralis major muscles, commonly referred to as the "pecs," are the muscles that create the bulk of the chest. A developed pectoralis major is most evident in men, as the breasts of a female typically hide the pectoral muscles. A second pectoral muscle, the pec minor, hides beneath the pec major. The pectorals are predominantly used to control the movement of the arm, wit

The Lats

The lats, or Latissimus Dorsi, is one of the biggest muscles in your upper body. This powerful muscle helps pull your arms closer to your body. If it becomes too tight it can effect your posture by pulling your shoulders down or curving your lower back. The Anatomy - The latissimus Dorsi is a broad, flat sheet of muscle that starts at your lower back in several places. They go all the way up into the middle of your spine and extend out to your shoulder, where they bunch together and twist into a large bundle and insert into a groove in your upper arm bone close to your armpit. It is the only muscles that connects your spine to your upper body. In many ways, The Lats are the Psoas of your upp

The Trapezius Muscle

Understanding the basics of the "Traps' helps you create awareness in how you stand, not only in your Yoga practise but generally speaking. Look at the image below and visualise the middle section of the Trapezius contracting to bring the shoulder blades closer together. This awareness will help you find your authentic posture where your bones are properly aligned and your muscles, joints and ligaments can work efficiently. Good posture and good health go hand in hand. As Loretta Young once said, "Unless some misfortune has made it impossible, everyone can have good posture". The Trapezius or “traps”, run from the base of the skull and the spine out to the shoulder blades, covering most of y

Posture Clinic - Downward Dog

Adho Mukha śvānāsana - Downward Facing Dog Adho Mukha means having the face downwards. Svana means a dog. The pose resembles a dog stretching itself with head and forelegs down and the hind legs up, hence the name - B.K.S Iyengar, Light on Yoga. Technique Start the pose with your hands. The middle fingers of both hands point forward. Spread the rest of your fingers and push your hands into the ground. Your hands are the foundation of the pose. If the hands are incorrect the pose is compromised. Bend into the knees to begin with and push your hips towards the back of the room straightening your arms in the process. Feel like the base of your spine is being pulled back and your spine is gettin

Meditation Technique

The visualisation of space, and the importance of this during your meditation. Briefly explained by Osho Rajneesh as part of his commentary on the Vijnanbhairava Tantra. "Space has no beginning, no end. And that space is absolutely soundless. There is nothing — not even a sound vibrating, not even a ripple. Everything is still". "That point is just within you. Any moment you can enter it. If you have the courage to be supportless, this very moment you can enter it. The door is open. The invitation is for all, all and everyone. But courage is needed; courage to be alone, courage to be empty, courage to dissolve and melt, courage to die. And if you can die within to your inner space, you will

The First Yogi Part 3 - Conclusion

The previous blog explained how Parvati, wishing to illuminate the universe, asked her husband Shiva to explain to her how man could end his suffering. Shiva in response manifested the existence of the tantras by explaining to her 112 different yoga techniques. By mastery of just one of these techniques, one can reach a state of Bhairava. Shiva finishes by pointing out to Parvati that the ultimate truth (a state of supreme bliss/ultimate freedom/Bhairava) is beyond intellect and must be experienced to be known and understood. After listening intensely to all 112 techniques, Parvati said; "O great god, I am fully satisfied. Today, I have understood with certainty the quintessence of the Tantr

The First Yogi Part 2 - A Discussion between Shiva & Parvati

The Vijnanabhairava Tantra is a discourse between the first Yogi Shiva and his consort Parvati. The words 'Vijnana-bhairava Tantra' means the technique of going beyond consciousness. 'Vijnan' (also spelt Vigyam) means consciousness, 'Bhairav' means the state which is beyond consciousness, and 'Tantra' means method or technique. According to Osho Ranjeesh, this Tantra is approximately 5000 years old. Parvati is referred to as Devi or Shakti in this text. Devi meaning Divine and Shakti meaning universal energy. This text briefly presents 112 meditation methods or centering techniques (dharanas) where the aspirant can realise and ultimately reach a higher reality. This higher reality in this te

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