Lumbopelvic Hip Complex
Lumbopelvic Rhythm in Forward Folds
Most of the folding is from the hips, and only some is from the low back. This allows most of the work to be done with the big hip muscles like the gluteus maximus, and lightens the load on the little low back muscles.
B) Round back rhythm
Most of the folding is from the low back and only a little is from the hips. This puts a lot of stress on the low back muscles and can increase the risk of strain and injuries.
C) Flat back rhythm
This is what we mean by "hinge at the hips". When we hinge at the hips and keep the back flat, pretty much all of the folding is from the hips, and we take the work of the movement away from the low back. This is the rhythm in uttanasana (standing forward fold) and other yoga forward folds.
How's your lumbopelvic rhythm?
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