Length: 90 minutes
Focus: Strengthening the back
Props: 2 x Blocks/hand weights/tins of beans!(all optional) & belt
Date Recorded: 20/03/2021
In this practise we balance out the back body! In dynamic styles of yoga such as Ashtanga there is a lot of pushing action in the chaturangas, which is great for strengthening the front of the shoulders (pecs, anterior deltoids). But in yoga there isn't a huge amount of pulling action, which you would get from activities such as rock climbing, rowing etc. So if yoga is all you do (like me!) then this may mean there could be an imbalance in the shoulder girdle and your back body could be underworked. Lots of sitting and rounding forward may also over-stretch the muscles of back and could lead to back pain; so this Ashtanga practise will balance out any underworking/over-stretch by working the back body with some modified standing postures and vinyasas including a variety of locust poses...maybe with the use of weights if you have a couple of tins of beans spare!