In yoga we use specific terminology to describe bending--we say "hinge at the hip", and that describes exactly what each dip towards earth should be. A hinge at the hip joint with a straight back and hamstrings engaged allows the big leg muscles to carry the weight. When we bend over at the waist the spine is in peril and the muscles of the back race in to keep the spine from collapsing, resulting in all kinds of back strain. After many repetitions in a day, compounded daily, year after year, the muscles in the back are constantly inflamed, over worked and the hamstrings get tighter and tighter from lack of proper use. And, if your hamstrings are really tight they create a constant pull down the back of the leg and up into the lower back. We are all connected--from the back of our heels to the top of our forehead--and we just get tighter and tighter.
Join me for yoga boot camp this month, Hip Hinging.
Tuesday, March 6 from 7-8 pm
Let's nail this!
Yogi, instructor, seeker