Laurel and Sarah discuss dogmatic beliefs and myths around the shoulders from the yoga, Pilates, and strength training worlds. We also discuss how given the fact that shoulder joint is a “complex” of many bones and joints, it’s much more useful that teachers keep their approach to teaching this area as simple as possible (and stop micro-managing their students shoulders!)
You will learn:
- The bones and joints of the shoulder joint complex
- Mant shoulder “fun facts”
- The directions of movement of the shoulder
- What horizontal abduction and adduction are
- What scapular tilt/winging is and why it’s not a problem
- How scapular movement often mirrors where we are reaching our hand to
- What scapulohumeral rhythm is
- That the shoulder blade’s path across the rib cage is curvilinear.
- Simplifying how we talk about shoulder movement and function to either a push or a pull.
- The relationship between shoulder posture and alignment and shoulder pain and injury
- How it’s hard to think scientifically and very human to think un-scientifically
- Why “shoulders back and down” is often (but not always!) an inefficient and counter-productive way to cue the shoulders
- Why micromanaging shoulder posture doesn’t change posture long term.
- Why “fixing” someone’s alignment in chaturanga doesn’t help them acquire the strength they’d need to build to be able to do chaturanga with optimal alignment
- How scapular dyskinesis and scapular winging are different
- The fine line between using movement to solve movement problems (which is inside of a movement teacher’s scope of practice) and then diagnosing problems for students and prescribing movement to fix it (which is outside of a yoga teacher’s scope of practice.)
- How upper and lower cross syndrome is an outdated (but still very influential) model for explaining posture and offering solutions to that posture.
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