Monday, March 11, 2013

Day 254- Quadruped: Ipsilateral Opening to the Side

This exercise provides a proprioceptive challenge to the quadruped exercise by narrowing the body’s base of support.

To do this exercise you will need a mat.  Start standing on your hands and knees.  Be sure that your hands are directly beneath your shoulders and that your knees are directly beneath your hips.  Inhale as you shift your weight sideways to the right and exhale as you lengthen the left arm in front of you and the left leg behind you.  Inhale to return to center and then shift to the other side to lengthen your right arm and leg away from the center.  Repeat five times on each side.

Things to think about
This exercise should bring on a case of the wobbles.  Narrowing the width of your base of support will require much more elongation of the spine to maintain balance.

If this exercise is hard on your wrists then you can make fists to protect them.

Thinking about fascial connections will also help this.  Find the connection between the hips and the opposing shoulders.

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