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Chapter 4 Video Descriptions
4.1 – Abdominodiaphragmatic Breath with Tri-Diaphragmatic Action Abdominodiaphragmatic Breath with Tri-Diaphragmatic Action is the practice of equalizing the inhale and exhale and expanding your breath. The exercise is designed to promote calm and quiet focus as well as improving overall health.
4.3 – Three-part Breath Three-part breath is taught sitting, or on a yoga couch, the participate will learn to breath into the belly, lower ribcage and the upper ribcage. Three-part breath is helpful in deepening your relaxation response, managing stress and pain levels, improving oxygenation, energy levels, brain health and overall wellbeing.
4.4 – Four-part Breath Four-part breath is a progression of Three-part breath which utilizes 2 count breath into the pelvis, belly, mid lobes of lungs and upper lungs resulting in an 8 count breath both on the inhale and exhale. The Four-part breath improves heart rate variability and optimizes the stress response for improved overall health.
4.5 – Sandbag Breath Sandbag breath is practiced in a relaxed position using AD breath with hands, a book, or a 10# sandbag your belly. Sandbag breath is useful for evening out the inhalation and exhalation of ones breath as well as increasing quiet and calm in the body.
4.6 – Victorious: Overcoming Breath Beginning in a relaxed seated or supine position, using AD or TATD breath, release any tension in the jawline and vocal cord area. A “HA” sound during the exhale and then a similar “S” sound on the inhale, occurs by creating a slight restriction of the flow of air to the vocal cords. The intention of this breath is to strengthen the respiratory diaphragm and help clear air from the airways and throat.
4.7 – Alternate Nostril Breath Alternate nostril breath is a breathing technique in which the practitioner uses the thumb and the edge of the ring finger of the right hand to block alternating nostrils while light breath is moved in and out of the lungs. This breathing technique is designed to balance energy, improve parasympathetic activity and improve focus.
4.8 – Bee Breath Bee breath is demonstrated beginning on exhalation and then using A-D, TATD and overcoming breath on the inhale. Exhalation follows with a vocalization which may sound like a buzzing bee. The benefits of Bee breath include improved vagal tone, induction of a relaxation response, pain relief and stress management. Reference in the MYT book is 4.8.
4.9 – Femoral Version Screen (Craig Test) This video demonstrates how to measure the trochanteric prominence angle and the transcondylar angle using both the goniometer and a digital inclinometer. This test helps determine the functional limits for ROM of yoga postures and sport performance. Reference in the MYT book is 4.9.
5.1 – Three-Tier Approach Yoga Couch Instructions in folding and setting up a yoga couch. Blankets are folded into 3 sections and then stacked to support the cervical spine and lumbar lordosis when lying supine. This posture can be used for breathing, meditation and manual therapy.
5.2 – Capsule Test The capsule test is an informal test used in a clinical screen to help assess the quality of the hip capsule. The test is carried out with the patient in supine and legs extended, passive range of motion of the hip into external and internal rotation is noted. A hip capsule with an empty end feel suggests hip damage, acquired development deformity and/or hypermobility of surrounding joints.
5.3 – Windshield Wipers The supine hook lying windshield wiper movement described in this video can be used to identify movement impairments in twisting and rotation of the spine, pelvic girdle, shoulders, hips and knees. This supine movement can bring awareness to the symmetry of movement and can help guide the development of an individualized yoga practice.
5.4 – Arm Spiral Arm spiral is a pre-posture for identifying and working through upper extremity impairments, pain and prevention of injury as well as helpful for improving postural awareness and neural tension. Arm spiral is practiced in supine and/or seated using spinal neutral while the arms move away from the body into abduction.
5.5 – Scapular Repositioning Test (SRT) This video demonstrates a clinical screening test for scapular dyskinesis in both the open and closed kinetic chain. A positive test results in a decrease in pain or an improvement in the quality of overhead shoulder movement by eliminating mid-arc impingement due to increased subacromial space.
5.6 – Scapular Assistance This video demonstrates a clinical screening test for scapular dyskinesis in both the open and closed kinetic chain. A positive test results in a decrease in pain or an improvement in the quality of overhead shoulder movement by eliminating mid-arc impingement due to increased subacromial space.
5.7 – Hook Lying Knee Lifts From a supine/hook lying position, in neutral spine, TATD breath is used to stabilize the spine while lifting alternate right and left legs without tipping the pelvis. The exercise is used to improve spine stabilization and allows the practitioner to evaluate spinal neutral control.
5.8 – Bridge & Two-Foot Pose (A-P Spinal Non-Articulation & A-P Segmental Spinal Articulation) While maintaining cervical and lumbar lordosis in hook lying position and using TATD breath the individual lifts the hips without articulating the spine, keeping the shoulders in line with the hips. The individual can use hamstrings or gluteal muscles, or both, to lift. Holding this posture can increase endurance. This allows the therapist to assist the patient in finding any segments that may not be articulating or cause pain, tension or changes in breathing.
5.9 – Windshield Wipers with TATD (Lateral Spinal Segmental Articulation) In hook lying position knees move laterally and then each spinal segment is moved down slowly as knees return to neutral. TATD breath is used to control the motion of the spine. This posture can be used to improve segmental mobility of the spine as well as shed light on areas that are not moving optimally.
5.10 – Modified Moon Salute Composition (From forearms) The combination of 4 point posture, arm spiral, cat/cow and caterpillar, cobra/sphinx, child’s pose. Moving with the breath through each posture gliding gently. From child’s pose reach roll and rise is performed to work the periscapular muscles. Neutral spine is used throughout this combination of movements. Reference to the video in the MTY book can be found in 5.70-5.76.
6.1 Mountain and Variations From standing using spinal neutral, raising arms above head (arm floats), using TATD breath to support the trunk and build endurance and strengthen the respiratory diaphragm. This allows therapist to check for lateral shifting, assess limitations in shoulders which effect trunk motion and prepare the patient for more advanced postures.
6.2 Chair Pose Standing in spinal neutral, sit back into heels into a squat. Arms can elevate overhead or stay at sides palms up or into prayer position. TATD is used throughout this practice. Return to stand and repeat to improve endurance. Chair pose is a gateway posture for almost all standing postures.
6.3 Warrior I Beginning in Mountain then transitioning into Chair, reach one leg back 2-3 feet, maintaining a neutral spine. Arms may be used at sides, overhead or in prayer during this posture. The posture is repeated on alternate sides. Modifications are given for arms and lower extremities in this video. Warrior I is beneficial for the isolation of hip flexors and the practice of neutral spine. It is a gateway pose for developing endurance, stability, and strength.
6.4 Modified Gillet Test in Tree Pose The purpose of this test is to screen for gliding of the ilium over the sacrum. Testing for sacral dyskinesia and general kinetic movement of the ilium over the sacrum. While palpating PSIS and ILA, the patient lifts ipsilateral hip and ilium should flex and move medially. Reciprocal movement is also tested. The test is positive if no movement is observable as compared to the opposite side.
6.5 Triangle Triangle pose is a triplanar pose which requires all yogic locks and the ability to move in and out of Chair and Mountain pose. Triangle pose increases hip joint mobility and proprioceptive awareness, thoracolumbar segmental mobility and ribcage elasticity. The therapist can assess arthrokinematics of the shoulder and hip while patient moves into this pose. The quadratus lumborum, psoas and lumbar stabilizers are a just a few of the muscles strengthened in this posture.
7.1 Staff Pose To practice Staff Pose the individual begins seated on a quarter fold blanket (or other modifications described in this video) in spinal neutral, with psoas muscles relaxed and hands gently resting behind the pelvis. Staff Pose is designed to help address soft tissue, vascular structures and nerve gliding. Through careful alignment in this posture, both the upper and lower body can be strengthened.
7.2 Cobbler’s Pose Seated on a quarter fold blanket, legs are cradled near groin maintaining spinal neutral, with the pelvis free to move. Move as desired further into pose by using a hip strategy to move forward or opening feet outward. TATD breath is maintained throughout the pose. The pose prepares the individual for more complex yoga poses which require hip Faber as well as increases the extensibility of the hip adductors and groin muscles.
7.3 Gate Pose A unique kneeling posture with the spine in neutral and the pelvis in a triplanar position. One leg is extended out while the other remains bent under hip. Arm spirals are used to reach skyward and toward the extended leg while side bending is practiced in a small range of motion. Chin, shoulder, hip locks, and TATD breath are all used in this posture. Stability is created in multiple joints when this posture is practiced.
7.4 Open Faced Cow Arms Seated in a chair, on blocks, blankets or in thunderbolt, one arm reaches up the back while maintaining form closure of the shoulder, the opposite arm reaches up and back fully externally rotating the shoulder. It is important to maintain TATD breath and a pain free neutral spine positioning. This posture is used to mobilize fascia and improve shoulder mobility. Measurement of glenohumeral external and internal rotation is possible from this position similar to the Apley’s functional reach test.
7.5 Boat Pose The Boat pose requires healthy tissue, powerful TATD breath, and strength of synergist muscles. From a seated position, using spinal neutral and TATD breath, one leg is raised at a time parallel to the earth. Hands can offer support behind knees or be spiraled out away from the legs. Nerve flossing can be done while in this pose by flexing and pointing the toes, or by bending and straightening the legs.
8.1 – Three-Tier Approach (Yoga Couch) Instructions in folding and setting up a yoga couch. Blankets are folded into 3 sections and then stacked to support the cervical spine and lumbar lordosis when lying supine. This posture can be used for breathing, meditation and manual therapy.
8.2 – Corpse Pose Corpse pose can be done anywhere because the intention is to nurture your best self and cultivate love, joy, and peace towards self and others. The intention of this pose is to increase perception and awareness of the self and assimilate your practice. Breath is allowed to be free-flowing, releasing the need to control breath or tension in the body. Attention is paid to the senses and breath. The belly rises and falls with the breath as you unwind and rest.
8.3 – Reclined Supported Hero Pose (Modified) Using multiple props in a trifold position to support yourself in the thunderbolt position. Comfortably sit back toward the heels onto the supports necessary to recline without tension. Myofascial release and diaphragmatic release can be done in this reclined posture. Improved lower quarter circulation, as well as lymphatic drainage are another benefit of this posture. A comfortable position with no strain or tension is important.
9.1 – Child’s Pose A restorative pose which helps assist with learning back breathing and increased intercostal expansion. Complete comfort, safety, and relaxation should be possible in this supported pose. From a kneeling position with knees wide and toes touching, arms are wide and the individual can focus on relaxation and breath expansion.
9.2 – Four Point Four-point posture is used in many yoga postures as a transitional pose. It can help strengthen trunk and shoulders as well as help the practioner explore neutral spine. A hands and knees posture with arms externally rotated and forearms pronated, the cervical spine maintains a slight nod, knees are directly under the hips and spinal neutral is maintained.
9.3 – Locust Pose Guided by TATD breath Locust Pose begins in prone, the knees are then lifted from the ground, followed by the trunk lifting and arms reaching behind. The pose can be modified to utilize specific muscles of the lower extremities, upper extremities and hip to best suit the individual. Each diaphragm can also be isolated in this posture.
11.1 – More Resources on Back Pain Management (Free) Discover additional curated resources from Ginger Garner and other vetted physiotherapists for the management of low back pain. 11.2 – Lateral Knee Drop (Free)
- Abnormal Breathing Patterns (Premium Members Only)
- Downward Facing Dog Preparation (Premium Members Only)
- Downward Facing Dog with Alignment Screening and With/Without Modifications (Premium Members Only)
- Moon Salute Composition (full without modifications) (Premium Members Only)
- Moon Salute Composition (DDP Variation) (Premium Members Only)
- Moon Salute Composition (DFD Variation) (Premium Members Only)
- The Stork Series (Premium Members Only)
- The NAP Meditation (Premium Members Only)
- The New Warrior I & II (Premium Members Only)
- Happy Hips: A New Downward Facing Dog (Premium Members Only)
- Windshield Wipers (Premium Members Only)
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