Yoga Rag Round-Up: Yoga Journal

Here are four articles of note from the current, March 2008, issue of Yoga Journal, on newsstands now.

• YOGA SHOULDN’T HURT by Roger Cole (p.79)

This excellent article is a distillation of three excellent articles written for the Yoga Journal website on care and recovery for the hamstrings, the knees and the sacro-iliac joints. When students ask me about how to cope with these injuries, I often send them home with print-outs of these articles. He discusses the anatomical structures involved, how the injuries happen and what to do to both prevent and recover from them. Essential reading.

(For a listing of all his articles for the magazine, go here.)

• BASICS: TEACHER’S PET by Natasha Rizopoulos (p.54)

Ms. Rizopoulos’ article is an excellent primer on the essential aspects of Adho Mukha Shvanasana (Downward Facing Dog). She runs through all the basic do’s and don’ts, with good illustrations. (The model has a really beautiful Adho Mukha Shvanasana. It’s such a simple and modest pose, it can be easy to dismiss, even when done with skill. It's worth taking a moment to admire even the simpler poses when presented with a solid interpretation.)

See also Julie Gudmestad’s “Shoulder Saver” from the February 2008 issue for a more detailed look at the shoulders and rotator cuff muscles in this pose.

• HOME PRACTICE: RAY OF LIGHT by Richard Rosen (p.73)

A simple, well-illustrated walk through of a fairly basic Surya Namaskar (Sun Salutation).

• ANATOMY: LOVE TRIANGLE by Julie Gudmestad (p.111)

Ms. Gudmestad goes into a lot of depth with regards to the positioning and strengthening of the neck in Utthita Trikonasana (Extended Triangle Pose), useful for all the lateral standing poses, and an excellent preparation for Shirshasana (Head Stand) down the road.