yoga and balance

Yoga with Melissa 367 How to Balance in Hasta Padangusthasana or Standing Hand to Big Toe Pose

January 20, 2017 Beginners Yoga Class
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Standing Hand to Big Toe Pose Today we are continuing our balancing series, with a continued focus on our vestibular, proprioceptive and visual systems. Proprioception means your skin, muscles, and joints all contain sensory receptors (proprioceptors) that are sensitive to stretch or pressure in the surrounding tissues. It helps your brain recognize where your body […]

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How to Balance in Dancer Pose: Yoga with Melissa 364

December 30, 2016 Beginners Yoga Class

How to Balance in Dancer Pose I would recommend that our members do the upper back rehydration sequence before this class. As we are making the transition from 2016 to 2017, one of the many reasons to sit out or dance could be your balance system. As you know so far from our series, your […]

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Yoga with Melissa 362 Yoga for Balance 3 Techniques to Balance in Eagle Pose

December 16, 2016 Intermediate Yoga Class

Yoga Balance If you want to have great balance you need to focus on your proprioception, your vestibular system and your visual system. Somebody who has excellent balance has a high degree of proprioceptive awareness, a highly attuned vestibular system and visual system. However, somebody who feels that their balance is off or experiences a […]

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Yoga with Melissa 360 Yoga for Balance: Half Moon Balancing Pose

December 2, 2016 Intermediate Yoga Class

Half Moon Balancing Pose As you learned in Yoga in Melissa 354, your balance relies on your vision, your proprioception and your vestibular system. Your body takes in these signals from your vision, proprioception and vestibular system through nerve impulses through special nerve endings called sensory receptors and sends signals to your brain. In this […]

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Yoga with Melissa 357, Yoga for Balance: Warrior Three

November 11, 2016 Advanced Yoga Class

Balance When your balance system is working well, you will be able to see clearly, move well, identify your orientation in relation to gravity, determine your direction and speed of movement and make postural adjustments to maintain your position and stability in various conditions and activities. As you learned in Yoga with Melissa 354, your […]

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Yoga with Melissa 354 Back to School Yoga: The Three Keys to Balance

October 21, 2016 Intermediate Yoga Class

yoga for balance Balance is your ability to maintain your body’s center of mass over its base of support. Put more simply it is your competency to not fall over. Your ability or inability to balance is the result of three systems: Your vestibular system Your proprioceptive system Your visual system Your Vestibular System Your […]

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Why You Have Balance Problems

October 19, 2016 Melissa's Blog Posts

How to Improve your Balance Linda from facebook wants to know, “Why do I have difficulty balancing in yoga?” I get so many questions on balance and yoga I can’t even tell you! The reasons for difficulty in balance in yoga could be one of three things or a combination of all three. First of […]

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Head Nods and Dizziness

June 29, 2016 Melissa's Blog Posts

Tim Anderson Hi I’m Dr. Melissa West and welcome to Living Your Yoga. Today I am here with one of your favourite guests, Tim Anderson of Original Strength. A few weeks ago, Tim did a fabulous video for us all about head nods. We talked all about how head nods stimulate your vestibular system and […]

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