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Escaping Samsara

Dec 9, 2022


In this episdoe we talk to Oliver Crossley from Yogic Physio.

Oliver is a Registered Physiotherapist, Yoga and Meditation Teacher. He is a long-term practitioner of Zen Buddhism, Ashtanga Vinyasa and Vinyasa Krama Yoga in the tradition of Krishnamacharya. He is a passionate proponent of evidence-based rehabilitation and person-centred care and loves helping people get back to moving at their best.

This is a different kind of episode. This time we gathered questions of our listeners on different social media platforms and asked Oliver about his opinion. This a very practical episode that hopefully will help some of you into a safer and less painful practice.

Show notes

  • Tight psoas and lower back discomfort
  • Prolapsed discs and continuing practice
  • Strengthening of unstable shoulder joint
  • How to assess the seriousness of the shoulder injury
  • Tight hamstrings and psoas and forward bends
  • Is grabbing your ankles during backbending safe?
  • Hand placement in Lagu Vajrasana - ankles vs. calves?
  • Is practicing Ashtanga 6 days a week safe?
  • Examples of conflict between traditional way of teaching Ashtanga Vinyasa and modern physiotherapy approach
  • How to protect your lumber spine?
  • Are there certain asanas that will more likely lead to injuries as the body gets older?
  • Knee pain
  • Shoulders: Strengths vs. stiffness
  • Thigh rotation in Visvamitrasana

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