Part 4 of the Sun Salutation Series explores the small but important movement of “looking up” after folding forward. There are a couple of key pieces here to consider for opening the hamstrings and planting the seed of handstands.
As we continue with the rotator cuff muscles, infraspinatus and teres minor are this month’s muscles of the month. We put them together based on their function, external rotation of the shoulder.
In part 3 of the Sun Salutation series we look at the forward fold that happens after you raise your arms in the air. Should we bend the knees or not?
Supraspinatus is this month’s muscle of the month. This simple abductor of the shoulder joint is also the most commonly injured of the four rotator cuff muscles. Check out this simple explanation of the muscle and its function.
Sun Salutations are a vital part of any system of yoga. In this part of the series I will break down the seemingly simple action that brings your arms over your head.
This month’s muscle of the month focus is on the hamstrings group. The hamstrings are a very powerful group of muscles that extend the hip and flex the knee.
Sun Salutations are a vital part of any system of yoga. In this series I will break down all of the pieces and movements of Sun Salutations with some anatomical reasoning.
The last three quadriceps muscles are this months muscle(s) of the month. We put them together because these three out of four have similar action and attachments. That is, they are dedicated to the action of straightening the knee (extension).
My biggest issue with the current discussions regarding injuries in yoga is the desire to make things measurable and compartmentalized. I know, there is no way around this. We have to talk about the parts and pieces to some degree so that we can understand it all. The place where this happens regularly is in the mixing of yoga and asana as if they are the same thing.
The rectus femoris muscle is one of the four muscles that makes up the quadricep group of muscles. This is the only one that crosses the hip joint and therefore is related to tight hip flexors. Personally, I have come to find that it is critical in allowing the pelvis to move during backbends.