Day 11: The Hug It In Flow
Containing yourself can be so powerful!
Main Points for Today:
I notice as a longtime yoga and fitness instructor, that many students, and even lots of teachers, get a little too wildly expressive with their movements, and it ends up hurting them and leaking their strength. Here’s what I mean:
Now, I’m a big fan of getting wild, but when you become too excited about seeing how far you can go into any movement, and you start putting expansive movements above alignment, it’s easy to strain yourself.
Today, we focus on just the right balance of freedom and containment.
You always want to find the dance between hugging in towards your core body, as if all of your muscles are lightly drawing in towards your bones, to keep your joints and spine in natural alignment —even as you move outward into the poses.
Transverse abdominis, or the deep abdominal muscle that “girdles” you or holds you inward (try coughing—you’re using transverse) is one of your power tools for ensuring that you don’t allow the top of your pelvis and belly, or your low ribs to jut too far forward in your postures. This can dump pressure into your lumbar and sacrum, and compress your spinal joints.
In the opposite way, we don’t want to overuse transverse, or you can easily over-round your pelvis and lumbar backward and push out your natural low back curve.
Today we find this outer and inner balance together. Use your transverse properly, and you’ll notice a big difference in how amazing, strong and light your asanas feel.
Meet me on the mat!
Thanks for hugging it in with me today!