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backing off and letting go

buggirl2010-07-05 00:12:02 +0000 #1
I read something interesting in my new Runner's Yoga Book last night. There was a photo of some models doing forward bends, and some of them had their spines sticking out and some of them had a nice little dent. The author suggests that if your spine sticks out, it's not a good thing - I guess it means things are not aligned correctly.

So, it got me thinking in my lovely lunchtime yoga class today. I really wanted to make sure that my spine didn't stick out - which is hard to do! I concentrated a lot on tilting my pelvis up, avoiding a swayback, and backing off. Backing off is perhaps the hardest part - letting go of the ambition to touch my toes and accepting that it's ok to reach a bit less further, if my alignment is better.

Has anyone else experienced this? Is backing off beneficial? Any thoughts?

Thanks!

buggirl
Pandara2010-07-05 00:19:23 +0000 #2
Hi Buggirl,

Sorry, English is not my first language, but what do you mean by "backing off" in the context you mention it?
buggirl2010-07-05 00:32:59 +0000 #3
Pandara,

That's a really good question! I had to look it up in the dictionary to check exactly what I mean. To me, it means to retreat or draw away. So, in this context, I'm talking about taking it easy on yourself in a pose - instead of pushing too hard to reach.

For example, usually I can reach my ankle with my hand when I'm in triangle pose. Today, I decided to back off a little and reached my shin instead (but I think my hips were better aligned!).

Does that help?

buggirl

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