I believe that most of the readers of this blog are in the “householder” stage of life (roughly between the ages of 25 and 65), which means that we are busy with families and careers. And according to the yoga tradition, strength and stability at this stage are not defined as muscular arms or 6-pack abs, but as an ability to withstand change, both internal and external. This is only possible if you have a strong core, literally and figuratively.
As we discussed last week, bringing habitual movement patterns into our yoga practice can make it destabilizing and even potentially harmful. Today we will focus on correcting those patterns (release valves) in some of the most common yoga poses. We will look at
- Using abdominal contraction to support the lower back and avoid exaggerated lumbar curve
- Engaging muscles to support the body in poses instead of “hanging” on the joints
- Keeping the head in line with the spine to avoid neck tension
- Keeping the shoulders away from the ears to avoid shoulder/neck/upper back tension
- Positioning the chest away form the belly to get the most out of side bends and forward bends.
Try this practice, Yoga for Core and Hips, to develop stability and strength and let us know what you think!