From my point of view, backbends are an extremely important aspect of asana. The muscles that are targeted in back-bends are the very muscles that keep the body upright and in alignment with respect to the influence of gravity.
The importance of circulation cannot be overstated.
The deterioration of any of these qualities (leg strength, core strength, balance) can have serious impact on quality of life in later years.
What becomes important is to make optimal posture a ‘conscious act’.
Throughout the course of each day (or night, depending on your work schedule) the body is (being) subjected to the ever present force of gravity. This force is ever active and relentless. As the major force on earth, it is what provides the impetus for the body to develop and activate the musculo-skeletal structures. This … Continue reading The back: Upright against gravity . . .
Extended periods of sitting can lead to a state of compromise in the postural muscles. Posture is comprised of more than the back muscles. The deep core muscles and even those on the posterior hip and upper thigh play a role the maintenance of good posture and for ambulation. Range of motion in the … Continue reading The Setbacks of Sitting
Exercise regimens typically focus on the visible muscles. However, the less visible muscle provide structural support to the body: the psoas is particularly important in this regard. The psoas (to be used interchangeably with ilio-psoas / IP). The psoas plays a major role in good posture. Locomotion is tied closely to the functioning of the … Continue reading Psoas you do, Psoas you are.
Hip Extension with Feet on the Stability Ball Hip stability is a very important aspect of movement. No matter what you want to engage in, be it walking, running, tai chi, tennis, or swimming. Specifically, hip stability plays a key part in the mechanics of golf. The stability of your hips comes from good core … Continue reading Functional Exercises for Golf