Yoga: # 1 Tip to Advance Your Yoga Practice

Yoga: # 1 Tip to Advance Your Yoga Practice


Hey my name is Matt Giordano Thank You so much for watching What I want to share with you today is my When I talk about advancing your asana practice
I simply mean approaching those poses that are more challenging for us. That could be greater flexibility, greater
strength or perhaps just greater mental focus. What I found to be one of the most extremely
effective ways of practicing the asana practice is to approach the simple postures with a
complex mind. That means to take any given posture and figure
out all the different ways that you can move your bones and engage your muscles. So if I take a lunge posture for example,
what tends to engage in the front leg is the quadricep because it’s stopping my knee from
falling down. I could allow that to be all that holds me
up or I can start practicing engaging other muscles within the pose. In this example, one of the muscles I love
to get people engaging is the buttocks. So instead of just stopping myself from falling
forward, I actually press downward through the heal actively, vertically, straight down
through my shin so my front buttocks turns on If you’re not sure how to do that you can
just take your hands on your front knee to take some of the weight off of it, and then
just kind of push forward with your foot like your trying to push your mat forward, and
you will probably feel your quad activate more. And then see if you can maybe pull back a
little bit with your hamstring, you will feel your hamstring engaging a lot. And then see if you can find the middle ground
where you actually just press straight down where your buttocks engages. So that’s an example of kind of taking a pose
and looking at how to make it more complex. It is a simple posture but you can make it
very challenging for you. So lets take one more example, we’ll go back
to lunge pose, a very simple posture that you can a lot from. If you go back to lunge pose you’ll notice
that the back inner thigh really doesn’t do much in this pose but it can. If you squeeze your shins in to like an imaginary
block or a wall on the inside of your legs you’ll start to feel your upper inner thigh
engaged. That’s super awesome because now you start
to understand how to engage all the muscles of your body within any given shape. That kind of mastery is going to be really
powerful to advance your yoga practice. So try these few example on for yourself. The Basic rule of thumb is you can If you just think about those 4 aspects of
your body and you explore with in poses you’re going to find some new things. I hope that you really enjoyed these few little
tips. If you did, and you think that other people
would benefit, please share this video, like it on social media, send me a comment, and
send me a message if you have any questions. Again, It’s TheYogiMatt.com, I would love
to connect with you. If you want to explore these tips one on one
I do have a program called The Mentorship Mastery Program, its available on TheYogiMatt.com. If You have questions for me again, just shoot
me an email [email protected] Take Care!