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This one is really effective and beautifully written article. Thanks!

Joy Bertie

This is awesome!!


Pilates focuses on lengthening your spine, stabilizing your hips, spinal extension/flexion, scalpels stablizing ~ all done with diaphragmatic breath. A great way to strengthen the core and upper and lower body by work thru muscle isolation. Pilates blends beautifully with Yoga for deep core strengthening in Warrior poses and balancing poses too.


Going along with what R. Kepski said, because it is more of a hip flexor exercise, it could aggrivate those with sciatic nerve issues and could cause a flare up. This exercise should be done with caution.

R. Kepski

This article is sooo one sided. If you have ever worked with clients that have chronically tight psoas or an injured psoas, this is the WORST pose you can do to strengthen the core. The psoas muscle is a postural muscle 1st & a hip flexor 2nd. It does not benefit anyone by working it in only in one plane. By working it more as a "Hip flexor" you are weakening the low back muscles, because they dont function in real life movements by having the luxury of the floor supporting them . I am not saying that this is a TERRIBLE exercise, but that there are better poses to help strengthen the core. Also there is no such thing as "toning or flattening the abdominals.". You make light of Arnold's SIX PAK ABS but you are saying the same inaccurate thing. How can anyone tone a muscle that lies so deep in the torso, next to the spinal column ? I think you need to get the facts straight.


Is there a way to see this in a video? I don't understand the written instructions.


I had a histerectomy two and a half months ago, I have fibromialgya, would this pose hurt me or should I 've to wait? My doctor aproved me to do exercise.


Great to start building my basics..


Debbie, if you have a lower back condition, bending knees is not cheating but a necessity. Go easy initially till you condition your pelvic girdle, watch your body signals and once you get a positive sign, you may put in allout efforts into your posture!....but not without an ortho's permission. Another thing is, an asana can be modified to suit one's body limitations barring severe orthopedic conditions where an asana is contraindicated. The best thing about Yoga is you can draw benefits of postures from day one!!!!!


Is there a way I can d tis w/o damaging a bulging disc in my spine?

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