Thirteen Sacroiliac Focussed Mini Teaching Videos – Donna Farhi(These videos are available until 9:00 am Monday NZT.)

You can catch up on any of these videos that you missed and there is an extra one, arguably the most important of all,  Video #10. Because all the knowledge in the world about healing is simply information until it is used with discernment, purpose and commitment to self-care.

1. How One of the Most Common Yoga Instructions can Destroy your Sacroiliac Joints2.Flow and Vinyasana-Style Yoga: Could These Practices be Causing Your SIJ Instability?3. What is Femural Leveraging and How it Damages Your Sacroiliac Joints?4. Low Back Pain or Sacroiliac Pain? Using the Pelvic Reset Practice?5. Sweet Relief from Sacroiliac and Lower Back Pain: Sofa Pose!6. Why Twisting Can Make Sacroiliac Joint Problems Worse: The Swivel Chair7. Three Steps to Deal to Your Sacroiliac Pain8. Why Stretching is NOT the Answer to Sacroiliac Pain9. Could Your Piriformis be a Culprit in Your Sacroiliac Joint Problem? Safely Releasing that Pesky Piriformis.10. Non-Negotiable Body Contracts: How Making Agreements with Yourself is the Path to Healing Your Sacroiliac Joint Pain.

11. Undoing Hips Square to the Front12. Anchoring the Feel of Pelvic Stability13. Blocks, Bridges, and Sacroiliac Joint Pain

If you want to delve deeper into the sacroiliac joint – you can join Donna online in her full course, Yoga for Lower Back Pain. Click here to read more.

Video #1:

Despite decades of anatomical and kinesiological understanding of pelvic and hip function, many methods of Yoga still utilise alignment cues that erode the balance and stability of the sacroiliac joint.

I continue to be dismayed to find that about 50% of every group I work with has been brainwashed into distorting their SIJ, knee and hip function, all in the quest for an aesthetic that has no basis in functional movement.

This may be a game changer for you– check it out, share it around.

Video #2: 

I love to do slow vinyasana-style Yoga as part of my practice.

But consistent incorrect biomechanics during transitions can serve to slowly and sometimes imperceptibly erode sacroiliac joint function. By correcting the alignment of this one transitional movement, you can help yourself and your students to learn to stabilise and strengthen the hip and buttock muscles and put less stress on the lower back and SIJs.

Do your students a favor and take the time to get this sorted.

Video #3:

Despite decades of anatomical and kinesiological understanding of pelvic and hip function, many methods of Yoga still utilise alignment cues that erode the balance and stability of the sacroiliac joint.

I continue to be dismayed to find that about 50% of every group I work with has been brainwashed into distorting their SIJ, knee and hip function, all in the quest for an aesthetic that has no basis in functional movement.

This may be a game changer for you– check it out, share it around.

Video #4: 

My chiropractor tells me that 70% of his clients that present with lower back pain (LBP) also have some involvement of the sacroiliac joints (SIJ).

Many of the strategies that alleviate lower back pain are not effective for SIJ issues, and can sometimes make SIJ issues worse.

By asking one simple question you may be able to discern between these two conditions and begin the process of resetting the pelvis towards balance. 

Video #5: 

One of the most important stages of recovery work is practicing in a way that reduces existing compression, inflammation and pain symptoms. Alleviating discomfort liberates attention for the active recovery work that will follow.

Almost everyone has a living room sofa and this is often the best piece of yoga “equipment” for releasing a compressed lower back or achy sacroiliac joint. It’s the perfect height and nicely cushioned.

In this brief tutorial I’ll show you how to customise a decompression position using a standard chair (as not every Yoga studio has a couch for each and every student!).

Enjoy.

Video #6:

In everyday life movements we reorient our pelvis as the precursor to spiral and twist– effectively minimising rotation in the parts of the spine least structurally adapted for rotation (lumbar spine and sacroiliac joint (SIJ)), and maximising the rotational capacity in the parts of the spine with the greatest structural “talent” for rotation (thoracic spine and neck).

That’s why, when asked to keep our hips square to the floor while practicing postures such as Revolved Triangle (Parivritta Trikonasana) and other twists can be a recipe for both lower back and SIJ dysfunction.

The amazing Sonya Rooney has created a beautiful conceptual illustration that will make both feeling and explaining this to students easy.

Video #7: 

While the sacroiliac joints (SIJ) are complex, there are basic, simple strategies that anyone can implement to protect the SIJ and recover stability.

Learning to sit, stand, and sleep in positions that minimise shear on these joints can go a long way towards preventing ligamental over-stretching.

Seemingly innocuous habits such as crossing the legs while sitting, standing with the hips shifted to one side, and sleeping in a twisted position can undo the best of Yoga practice.

This short tutorial covers the basics.

Video #8: 

Anyone who has ever had a sacroiliac joint (SIJ) that has become jammed in a misaligned position will know the craving to STRETCH can be irresistible and yet this intuitive response is not the one to follow.

By understanding the dynamics of SIJ displacement, this tutorial lays out the science behind the counterintuitive response: strengthening through active muscular engagement.

I’ve been amazed at how consistent strengthening work has helped me to recover pelvic stability, reduce joint shear, and improve my capacity to walk for longer and longer distances during my recovery.

This is one not to miss. 

Video #9:

The piriformis muscle is in close proximity to the sciatic nerve and in some people the sciatic nerve runs through the muscle.

Releasing the piriformis muscle can often help to alleviate conditions such as sciatica, but it can also help to alleviate sacroiliac (SIJ) issues.

Unfortunately, many of the movements that release the piriformis can also put torque on the sacroiliac joints.

Learn a simple SIJ-safe practice for tackling this tight tissue. 

Video #10:

Despite decades of anatomical and kinesiological understanding of pelvic and hip function, many methods of Yoga still utilise alignment cues that erode the balance and stability of the sacroiliac joint.

I continue to be dismayed to find that about 50% of every group I work with has been brainwashed into distorting their SIJ, knee and hip function, all in the quest for an aesthetic that has no basis in functional movement.

This may be a game changer for you– check it out, share it around.

Let’s stop the madness.

Video #11:

Undoing Hips Square to the Front

Video #12:

Anchoring the Feel of Pelvic Stability

Video #13:

Blocks, Bridges, and Sacroiliac Joint Pain

If you want to go deeper  – you can join me online in my full course. Click here to read more.

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