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Wendy, I often have sore wrists and I either perform this pose on my fists or my fingertips.


Avoid this pose if you have osteopenia,osteoporosis or osteogenesis imperfecta.
Margaret W. Loughton, Essex


Any ideas on what to recommend if the wrists are sore in this pose?


Another key difference is in up dog the body is suspended from the arms. In cobra the arms are supporting the backbend, not pressing into the ground, which can lead to spinal compression in the spine.


the difference is that the pelvis remains on the floor for cobra, while in updog only your feet and hands are on the's hard to see in the picture because she's floating on air..


In the Cobra yoyr knees and shins are touching the mat in the upward facing dog pose they are not


What is the difference between this pose and the Cobra Pose? They seem like the same thing.


hardening the buttocks compresses the sacroiliac joint. i cannot speak to why you have low back pain when you do not "crack walnuts" with your buttocks. the safest way to do this pose is not "hardening the buttocks" but firming through the quadriceps, rooting the tops of your feet into the mat, lifting the knee caps, releasing the buttock flesh toward your heels, coiling in the thoracic spine not the t12/l1 hinge, keeping the shoulders directly over the wrists while keeping the shoulder girdle mantra (spread collarbones, release shoulders from the ears, firm shoulder blades down the back and softening the front ribs).


One of the girls in the yoga club at my school was complaining about lower back pain while doing this pose. Reccomendations?


And engaging the core is always a good idea in any pose in order to protect the lower back. Try thinking of a magnet just below the navel pulling back to the spine.

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