🏔 🏁💊 Day 2️⃣4️⃣ of with @cyogalife
Unwinding time from backbends, still working on some , as promised! I find this version, standing up, more challenging than the other Vertical Splits, where the body is leaning forward onto the base leg, head pointing towards the floor. The fact that we have to pull strongly one leg towards the chest without bending the other, all that going against gravity, forces us to acquire further flexibility, use the upper body strength more and, literally, fight for a straight line every second we’re in it. If you try the same thing reclined on your back, it’s a similar (fighting) sensation, only at a smaller scale (gravity helps and there’s no balancing issues). A prior step to do this pose in the middle of the room, would be to use a wall behind to lean on, like I’m showing in the pic. Try to level the hips as much as you can and avoid bending the base leg (it’s difficult to recover once you start going down that path). Drop the shoulders down, away from the ears, straighten the legs completely, breathe fully a few times and push the hips a bit forward to lengthen the lower flexors and maintain balance. Practice it a couple of times on each leg and, if you have some energy left, step strategically further away from the wall, so you’re not leaning on it but, if you were to fall, it’d catch you. Feel the differences between both sides, sometimes it’s quite dramatic, and keep going. For those wanting a more mellow version, I’ve got one in store for tomorrow, stay tuned and keep at it!!
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