The most interesting trend at the 2010 Golden Globe Awards involves shoulders — you know, one of the subtly sexiest parts on a woman. Many actresses stepped onto the red carpet in gowns that had some sort of shoulder flourish. Whether it was rosettes, ruffles, sparkles, or knots, these shoulders commanded attention. Drew Barrymore's nude Versace dress had one of the most killer shoulder details — a beaded sea urchin! Proceed for more shoulder flourishes . . .
Who needs jewelry when you're already accessorized? There are a few options out there offering already-tacked on shoulder details, from Altuzarra's statement coat with dangling bits of fur to Urban Outfitters' strategically studded blazer. The look is even simple to DIY — all you need are studs or rhinestones to add your own flair to blazers, cardigans, or a basic t-shirt.
My best friend does it. Her mom does it. I see strangers do it at restaurants, and now I do it too. Whenever a salt shaker falls over and spills, they stand it back up, pick up a pinch of salt, and throw it over their shoulder.
It's one of those obscure superstitions that have been passed down, such as knocking on wood, or not opening an umbrella inside, that we can't help but do. I'm sure many of you are salt throwers too, but do you know where this originated?
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Sometimes it's nice to do a relaxing pose that stretches your muscles, but doesn't require a large amount of strength or energy. This pose called Cow Face is really calming, yet gives your hips and shoulders an awesome stretch.
The name is intriguing and you might be wondering why is it called Cow Face? Take a look at yourself in a mirror while doing this pose. Your crossed legs are the lips, and your bent elbows are the ears. See it now?
|Sanskrit Name: Gomukhasana
English Translation: Cow Face Pose
Also Called: Cow Face
Want to see how to get into this pose? Then read more
About a year ago, I was taking the same yoga class I had been taking for years. I should have been paying attention to what was happening in the present moment, but my mind was focused on a fight I had with a friend earlier that day. When I pressed my hands into the mat and lifted my lower body up off the ground to jump back to Chaturunga (4-Limbed Staff), I felt a pinching pain in the top of my left shoulder. A fellow yogi (who also happened to be a massage therapist) said it might be a torn rotator cuff. Just what I needed.
Your rotator cuff is made up of 4 muscles and their tendons. These combine to form a "cuff" over the head of the humerus bone, and help to stabilize, support and allow your arm to move up and down, as well as rotate. When the muscles get strained or pulled, they can tear, and Bingo! - you've got yourself a torn rotator cuff.
Swimmers, pitchers, and tennis players are prone to rotator cuff tears. You can also tear your rotator cuff lifting something too heavy, by repetitive activities, or if you've injured your shoulder previously in an accident or dislocation.
So how do you know if you have a torn rotator cuff? To find out read more
Spring weather always reminds of how much I love doing handstands in the grass. You can really dig your fingertips into the earth to get some grip, and if you lose your balance - so what? You have a nice cushion of grass to fall on.
Doing handstand in the middle of space, with no help can be really scary. I'm a firm believer in using the wall to lean on, but you want to do it in such a way that you can work on your balance at the same time. You don't want to rely on the wall completely for support because then you'll never achieve the strength and balance to stay up on your own.
Here's something you can practice against a wall. Want to see? Then read more
The last pose we need to learn for Sun Salutation B is Warrior 1. It is a powerful and grounding pose that strengthens your quads, calves, booty, and the muscles in your feet. Working these muscles together helps to build knee joint stability.
Depending on how you do this pose, if you actively arch your back, this pose increases flexibility in your lower and upper back. If you work on keeping your spine straight, this pose will strengthen the muscles in your belly and your back. Both ways will strengthen your shoulders and the muscles in your neck.
|You can get into Warrior 1 from Downward Facing Dog.|
|Step your right foot forward between your hands, turn your left heel in, press into your feet, and lift your torso up.|
|You want your right foot to be slightly to the right (not directly in front of) your left heel, so that your hips can be parallel with the front of your mat. You can place your hands on your hips, and gently direct your right hip back and your left hip forward - this is called squaring your hips.
Once your hips are square, lift your arms up, and press your palms together. Draw your shoulder blades down towards your hips and gaze up towards your hands.
Stay here for 5 breaths. You can come back to Downward Facing Dog and then step your left foot forward to do Warrior 1 on the other side.
According to our How Does Your Body Express Your Stress poll, there are a lot of headache and neck pain sufferers in the audience. When my stress level rockets, I'll get intense neck and shoulder stiffness. A few years ago, during a very chaotic period, I began to clench my jaw, too. Of course, these habits lead to tension headaches. Through some trial and error, I've found a few things that honestly help.
To see what's in the Stress Relief Kit, read more
Check her out. She makes it look so easy. I love how this pose stretches out your shoulders.
And I love those red hot pants. I've got to get me a pair of those.
Are you ready for the next yoga challenge? This pose is all about balance. It's called Eagle pose and I can't wait to see your pictures. You know you want to show the world.
Post them in the YOGA CHALENGE Group.