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Monthly archives: November 2017
- Open your upper back for safe, deep backbends
- Posted 06 Nov 2017
- The problem with backbends that probably most of us have experienced at one time or another is a sore lower back. Backbend-induced pain in the lumbar region is the result of the fact that when we backbend with insufficient awareness and alignment, we tend to concentrate the movement in the lumbar spine, following the path of least resistance. The lower back is much more mobile in this direction than the upper back, in part because in its natural position it already forms a gentle backbend. The thoracic spine (the upper back) is limited in its back-bending due to the fact that its natural curvature is that of a forward bend.
- Spread your wings
- Posted 13 Nov 2017
- Last week we were working on opening the heart and getting the upper back involved in backbends. This is a very challenging idea for many, as our daily habits and the force of gravity continuously take us in the opposite direction. However, like any single directional alignment instruction, it IS possible to take even this crucial one too far, collapsing the back ribs in the process, and reducing spaciousness in the back body even as we create more spaciousness in the front.
- What does it mean to be "good at yoga"?
- Posted 20 Nov 2017
- Let me throw out something potentially controversial: "Excelling at the physical practice of asana actually is a detriment in the quest to deepen your yoga practice."
That is not to say that you shouldn't practice advanced asanas. But what determines whether your advanced asana practice is beneficial to your growth depends on what is going on in your head when you do it.