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How to Apply Skeletal Variation to Yoga Teaching

[caption id="attachment_4096" align="alignleft" width="300"] yoga-assist-cueing[/caption] Skeletal variation is a term popularized by Paul Grilley, the founder and developer of Yin Yoga. It means that every single person has a unique bone and joint structure, which in turn, can make some yoga, poses easier and some poses more difficult than others depending on one’s unique structure. Some poses will be non-accessible to certain bodies regardless of how much yoga they do. This does not mean we don’t try yoga, it means that some of us will find it easier. Understanding our body’s limitations informs us of the endpoint of our flexibility. When you understand how and where to sense the difference between bone-to-tissue (compression) versus the muscular resistance (tension), you will begin to know what the sensation in your body is...

How do you know what Healthy Boundaries are?

Spiritual communities are a great place to learn about personal boundaries because your boundaries are bound to be challenged. Many people will just walk away from experiences that challenge them while others will stay in an unhealthy relationship that they are not quite comfortable in. I used to feel guilty when I said “no” because I assumed my loved ones (or strangers for that matter) would feel rejected by my healthy boundary. So I would put up with what others were putting out, effectively over-stepping my own boundary and/or exiting the situation as soon as possible. My fear of other’s judgment stopped me from living in a way that was good for me. Like attracts like. I have been surrounded by others, mostly women with the same...