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Monthly archives: December 2016
- Hip alignment in backbends
- Posted 05 Dec 2016
- When you look at photos of people in super-deep backbends (basically any pose where the feet touch the back of the head), it often looks like they have a sharp 90 degree kink in their lower back. It looks that way because they do: they have a hyper-mobile lower back. That certainly is advantageous for deep backbends, but it is not something you want to emulate if your back doesn't do that naturally, because it is an almost guaranteed path to severe lower back pain for the average body.
Instead, in order for mere mortals like us to deepen our backbends, we need to focus on opening everything else, which includes the upper back and the shoulders (next week's theme), and the hips.