Alignment & Anatomy

In-depth articles on practicing and teaching healthy alignment and anatomy in yoga

Rehab Those Calves

A yoga teacher-colleague and I often engage in some good ol' Q&A. Some good information flows through these conversations and I'm happy to share this with all of you. Q: I have a calf question... I've been working on eccentric calf strengthening to treat my...

Cat/Cow… A Blueprint For Stability

The movements of the shoulder blade play an integral role in the stability of your core, but many of us have very stuck shoulder blades. Cat/Cow is a great way to mobilize AND strengthen this system to become a better foundation for all of the poses which bare weight in your hands. Read on for the breakdown, so you can build up your Cat/Cow.

First, Do No harm

Ahimsa. The very first tenet of the path of Raja Yoga. The first Yama. Do No Harm. Treat all life with respect, kindness, non-violence. Mightily espoused by yogis world-wide, and most commonly quoted as the fundamental reason yogis "should" be vegetarian, it is one of...

The Words We Use

As yoga teachers, we feel responsible for so much: safety, ego, emotional health, students getting what they think they need, getting students in the door...and that's just IN the studio. My own personal view: Start Small and Keep It Simple. A colleague of mine...

Youth Sports… What Does It Really Lead To?

In reading this article from the New York Times, I found myself making connections to both my practice of healing and my role in the Yoga community.  The article describes the competitive culture of youth sports, and the pressure by adults to perform, underscoring the...

Balance Is A Verb

For those of us with stressful, modern, fast-paced lives…we often say, “I just really need to find some balance!” Read on for what this truly means in our modern world.

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About Richelle Ricard

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I’ve been told with affection that I teach ‘eat your vegetables’ yoga. I think that is an apt description! As the Yoga Engineer, I am offering you the knowledge I’ve gained over 20+ years of study and practice in sports medicine, massage therapy, energetics, and yoga. My goal is to empower you and your practice through education and awareness.

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