In this 5-part bundle of recoreded talks Francois Raoult explores forward bends, standing poses, headstands, the abdominal wall and practical tips for teaching yoga with regards to the foot and ankle. See full description of each audio download here:
Forward Bends: Positive & Negative Side Effects
In this audio yoga download, Francois Raoult explores forward bends and their use in yoga therapy:
•Standing forward bends: concave and convex back polarity.
• When is flexion welcome? When is it not?
•The concept of Tadasana spine in forward bends.
• Delaying and minimizing spinal flexion.
• Osteoporosis and aging: how unhealthy forward bends can make things worse.
• Sacroiliac joint instability and sciatica created by “extreme forward bending. How much is too much?
• How to modify seated forward bends to make them safe and accessible.
• Legs to spine or spine to legs: how to prevent disc pathology.
• Seated forward bends, active and restorative, including sitting meditation.
The Foot and Ankle in Yoga: Basic Anatomy and Practical Tips for Teaching
We underestimate the importance of the foot in yoga practice and everyday life. In this audio yoga download, yoga therapist Francois Raoult helps you understand the mechanics of the foot by exploring the following topics:
•How to determine whether arches are flat naturally or collapsed
• When to promote pronation or supination in asana, dorsiflexion or plantar flexion
• The foot in gymnastics, ballet and Pilates: Is the positioning for function or for aesthetics?
• How is the foot adjusted in yoga postures (standing poses, inversions, padmasana and crossed-legged poses)?
• Are there any differences between an Indian foot and a Western foot? Is the Iyengar way the best way?
• Common pathologies such as collapsed arches, plantar fasciatis, hallus valgus (bunions) and hammertoes.
• How can yoga help prevent or minimize these patterns?
Being on the Vertical Axis: The Art of Standing on your Feet and on Your Head
In this audio yoga download, Francois Raoult, a yoga anatomy specialist, talks about standing yoga poses and headstands and how they are connected in yoga therapy. “Just turn the photos upside down and you will see how those two poses are the same!” Francois Raoult discusses:
•Standing in tadasana alignment; common dysfunctional patterns from feet to head
•Grounding/anchoring the femurs: what it is and what to practice to promote it
•Opening the chest three-dimensionally. Opening the heart.
•Dealing with tension in the trapezius and hyperkyphosis in the upper back
•Sirsasana (headstand) specifics:
•The spirit of the pose: balancing more than doing
•A plan for beginners to overcome the fear
•A plan for more advanced students: from physical to spiritual practice.
Upright vs Uptight: Standing, Sitting and the Vertical Axis
From collapsed chests, hunched shoulders, and cramped necks to overly tight or protruding bellies and deformed feet . . . we’ve all seen the results of dysfunctional posture, which is endemic in our culture. In this audio yoga download, Francois Raoult examines the possible causes of these unhealthy patterns – from lifestyle and stress to lack of awareness – and the solutions from yoga therapy, both in asana practice and daily life. Francois also explores:
•What is “good posture”?
•Is it natural or cultural? Instinctive or learned?
•How did we lose the integrity of our postural balance and distort the vertical axis of our spine?
•And how can we find our way back to freedom and ease in posture?
•We look at patterns of standing and sitting in both daily life and yoga practice and explore ways to improve posture, while always maintaining a sense of natural wholeness.
The Abdominal Wall in Yoga Asana: A Creative Iyengar Approach to Abdominal Tone, Stretch and Release
In this audio yoga download with Francois Raoult, we will explore:
•The belly: hard or soft? Is there a middle way?
•In what contexts should abdominal muscles be activated? How much?
•The Navasana (boat) cycle in yoga.
•Additional ways to tone the abdominals without creating flexion. Are abdominals stabilizers of the lower back? In what contexts?
•Do abdominal muscles assist breathing? What happens in “normal” breath and in deep breath like ujjayi?
•Uddhyana bandha, agni kriya and naulis: the ultimate release for the diaphragm and massage for the abdominal organs.