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help! elbows bow out in down dog

livrg2010-07-04 15:27:28 +0000 #1
When I stand and hold my arms out in front of me, palms up, my elbows bow out. In down dog, my forearms look almost parallel to the ground, and then there's a bend in my elbows, so my arms end up looking incredibly crooked. I understand this could cause injury, so I'm eager to improve my alignment. Can anyone give me advice?
David2010-07-04 15:37:02 +0000 #2
Hi livrg, welcome to the forum

I'm trying to picture what you're describing here. Standing normally, are you physically able to lock out (completely straighten) your elbows?
livrg2010-07-04 16:02:46 +0000 #3
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Originally Posted by David



Hi livrg, welcome to the forum

I'm trying to picture what you're describing here. Standing normally, are you physically able to lock out (completely straighten) your elbows?

Thanks, David ; ) Standing normally, I can only completely straighten my arms if I face my palms down to the floor. When I flip my palms up, I am straight in the upper arm, and then as soon as I get to the elbow they bow out to the sides.

I tried to draw a picture that illustrates what I mean, but I'm having trouble uploading it as an attachment..
livrg2010-07-04 16:23:33 +0000 #4
David - see if you can see my drawing at picasaweb.google.com/livrachelle/Yoga

I had to spell it out because I'm only able to post URLs after making 15 posts or more.
InnerAthlete2010-07-04 16:02:07 +0000 #5
Livrg,

it's best when making anatomical references to do so from the anatomical position: . This keeps confusion to a minimum.

Your diagram seems to show supination of the arms. That would be the same in the anatomical position though your arms would be extended straight out in front of your chest.

If you have alignment issues between the humerus and the radius/ulna AND/OR some issues with connective tissue in the elbow joint, that should be looked at and corrected by your asana teacher. There are very specific protocols for working with these sorts of issues. Actions, alignments, props, instructions, et all are carefully crafted to bring a student with such issues into proper (safe and effective) position.

I think EVERYONE can give you advice. That isn't the pertinent question. The pertinent question is "can a highly trained yoga teacher give you feedback following assessment in order to bring you toward rather than away from alignment?".

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