Hip Hinge And Bending Over – The Proof Is In The Pictures.

By Renee’ Fulkerson

I recently attended Ohana (family) Day A school function for my tenth-grade son. That entailed building several garden boxes from scratch and then planting vegetables in the garden boxes. I began taking pictures of the beautiful moments. That was taking place between the diverse community that had gathered for Family Day. I looked through the camera lens I started noticing with greater attention how folks were moving their bodies. Observing the differences between young and old, male to female, and everyone’s visible health. The first big difference between young and old was how they each approached the planting of the vegetables. The younger kids/ teens almost always squatted down to plant their seeds while the parents/ older folks bent over into a C shape to plant their seed.

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I flashed back to a time before I started training and teaching YogAlign. A time before knowing proper body mechanics and real-life movement in a yoga class. Where I would practice forward folds with straight legs. That at the time, I did not realize I was creating pain in my knees in my everyday life.

Flash forward to today, I realize I have come along way in my YogAlign practice. I have been able to overtime re-wire the bad habits that had become my daily improper movement patterns. I learned why it is good or bad to move my body a certain way. Example bending down to pick something up and bending down properly. I was looking through some pictures of a recent summer trip. I was pleased to see my regular YogAlign practice having positive effects on my daily life. It was natural for me to hip hinge while capturing water from a natural water spring. With proper movement hip hinging, my spine can stay in a neutral position. Meanwhile, my hips and upper legs support my body weight. When you bend at the waist (pictured on the right), the back curves, putting stress on the spine.

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“Bending at the hip takes the pressure off the back muscles,” says Liza Shapiro, who studies primate locomotion at the University of Texas, Austin. “Instead, you engage your hamstring muscles.”And by “engage the hamstrings,” she also means stretching them.”Oh yes! To hip hinge properly’ your hamstrings have to lengthen,” Shapiro says. “If you have tight hamstrings, they prevent you from bending over easily in that way.”

Food for thought:

The little’s younger than three years old are great hip hingers. They haven’t learned yet from our example to bend like a C. I know I am a work in progress but, I can imagine the possibilities in a body I can trust to allow me to continue enjoying all the activities I love well into my senior years.

Next time you take a trip down memory lane by looking at photos, take note of how you move your body. Hip Hinge and Bending Over – the proof is in the pictures.

Aloha

 

YogAlign Or Swimming?

By Renee’ Fulkerson

To the question above, the answer would be yes and yes.

Definition of swim: propel the body through water by using the limbs.

Swimming like YogAlign engages the entire body during the movement. That was the perfect solution to our required body movement regime.

Many of you already know my son Joaquin, age 15, has been diagnosed with Pectus Excavatum, Scoliosis, and Scheuermann’s Disease.

Refer to blog post https://innerbreathyoga.com/2019/05/21/our-journey-so-far/

Quick recap – I started Joaquin on a regular YogAlign practice schedule of three to four times a week. Shortly after his diagnosis beginning in January of 2019. That was a one on one program, one to two hours per practice with YogAlign teacher Renee’ Fulkerson, AKA mom. We had a few challenging moments until we found our rhythm. Joaquin is dedicated. He knows YogAlign will be a part of his life for the rest of his life. After roughly a few months, Joaquin began attending my regularly scheduled public YogAlign Classes with a bit of hesitation. Then as mothers and teen sons do we, started the debate on comprising. We began a new dialog on body movement (exercise). Swimming  Joaquin requested he can have the option of practicing YogAlign half the time and swimming the other. Swimming like YogAlign engages the entire body during the movement. It was the perfect solution to our required body movement regime. Now we are not only seeing postural shifts from the regular YogAlign practice. But also from Ocean swimming and hey if you are going to swim why not swim with the turtles?

My Conclusion – Pectus Excavatum, Scoliosis, and Scheuermann’s Disease. have many symptoms that can benefit from regular YogAlign practice and a good swim a few times a week.

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Health Benefits of Swimming (web MD) Intensity Level: Medium -You will use your lower and upper body muscles for a steady workout. You can make your swim harder by going faster or longer.

Areas It Targets:

Core: Yes. Swimming gives your entire body a great workout, including your core muscles.

Arms: Yes. You will need your arms for most swim strokes, so expect them to get a workout.

Legs: Yes. You will use your legs to propel yourself through the water.

Glutes: Yes. Swimming uses your glutes.

Back: Yes. Your back muscles will get a workout, whether you are doing the backstroke or a water-based exercise class.

Type:

Flexibility: Yes. Swimming will make you more flexible.

Aerobic: Yes. Your heart will keep pumping as you use your entire body to move through the water.

Strength: Yes. You will get stronger from the resistance in the water. That is about 12 times the level of air resistance. Try using hand-held paddles, foam noodles, or a kickboard for extra resistance.

Low-Impact: Yes. Swimming is an excellent low-impact workout. The water gives you buoyancy. You will float through your exercise session without putting pressure on your joints.

Aloha

A Quick Lesson From Real Life Movement.

By Renee’ Fulkerson

I added these pictures for two reasons:

A. because these animals are beautiful, we were blessed to have come across them on our recent road trip.

B. because these animals’ bodies are in perfect balance and alignment.

  • they move gracefully
  • they remain strong and agile with just the natural movements of their everyday life
  • animals move their bodies with efficiency and effectiveness. Not slouching or slumping

If we were to see any one of these animals slouching, limping, or out of alignment, we would immediately become concerned for their health. But, as humans, we see ourselves and others living with all kinds of body miss-alignment that becomes the norm.

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That brings me to my conclusion I suppose we would not last very long out in the wild being out of balance and alignment. Unable to hunt for our food or take care of our young – food for thought.

Aloha