Friday, March 8, 2013

Day 251- Quadruped: Contralateral

This exercise is intended to increase the contralateral (diagonal) connections in the body.

To do this exercise you will need a mat.  Start by standing on your hands and knees with your head reaching away from your tail.  Inhale into the back of your ribs and then exhale as you reaching your right arm out in front of your body and your left leg behind your body.  Inhale as you place your hand and knee on the ground and then exhale as you switch sides.  Repeat 6-8 times on each side.

Things to think about
Certain imbalances in the myofascial system my cause rotations in the spine as you try to do this exercise.  Imagine there is a teacup sitting on top of your sacrum.  As you reach your arm and leg away from your body, make sure that you don’t spill the teacup.

Imagine that the arm and leg are merely extensions of your spine.  This will help maintain the long line of your spine as you reach your appendages away from the body.

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