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Is Your Torso Misaligned?

The answer is YES - nobody has a perfectly symmetrical body.  Look at your torso like a car, your shoulder and hip joints as the wheels, and the suspension as your balance. When your wheels are out of alignment, the suspension is off and driving can become problematic, if not dangerous. Now, apply that same logic to your body. Is one of your hips tighter than the other? Have you ever had a shoulder injury or pulled your rotator cuff that has left a lasting impression?  By doing yoga poses improperly, and without awareness of what is going on in your body, you can unknowingly exacerbate pre-existing conditions and even create new problems. Right / left and symmetrical poses will challenge and teach you the most...

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How to (Finally!) Find Your Shoulder Width for Yoga - UPDATED

UPDATED.2 UPDATED.1 We are constantly learning new stuff!  So, after working with yogis and yoginis from far and wide, short and tall, young and old, big and little, we have noticed something interesting.... If you are someone with extra soft tissue (either fat or muscle, or both) around your upper back, this method may not give you your accurate shoulder-width. The additional flesh creates a longer distance between the two shoulders and your measurement will be too wide. So, what to do, what to do? You can still take your measurement, but if you are a woman and it is more than 14.5 inches, you should double-check, simply by doing a plank in the mirror or with a buddy or...

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Top 8 Ways to Use a Gurugrid Alignment Mat

So, you have a Gurugrid alignment mat? You are considering getting a Gurugrid? Great!  But....how do you use one? The answers can vary slightly depending on the school of yoga you are studying or your teacher. But, below are the 8 main purposes of the Gurugrid. Thanks to our Gurugals from around the world for helping us show you how it's done! Namaste. :)

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