Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Lesson4: Proper alignment for safety, stability, and strength

From Websters Visual Dictionary Online

Alignment is how our bones and body parts line up in our poses.
The spine, spinal column, is the most important set of bones for body structure, health, nerve and brain activity. This includes:
the tail bone, lower back, middle back, and neck vertebrae.

There are three main "platforms" that our bones use to get in line and give our bodies structure.

They are:
  • the feet
  • hips
  • shoulders
Additionally these joints are very important for alignment also:
  • ankles
  • knees
  • elbows
  • wrists

Journal Entry #4: Alignment
Describe proper, safe, and stable alignment for at least 3 of the poses that we have learned.
Here's an example: Childs pose: kneel over on the ground so that hips are in line with heels or ankles, belly is to thighs, and shoulders are in line with knees. Forehead is touching the ground or stacked on top of fists.
Hint: table and mountain poses are a good place to start!

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