By focusing on the right poses, you can correct muscular imbalances between your hip flexors and extensors, and thus help prevent future back injuries. And with a little mindfulness as you learn to balance the antagonist muscles in your hips, you might also learn a lot about moving from adversarial relationships, in which the strong overpower the weak, to teamwork, in which all parties work together for the good of the whole.
A licensed physical therapist and certified Iyengar Yoga teacher, Julie Gudmestad runs a private physical therapy practice and yoga studio in Portland, Oregon. She regrets that she cannot respond to correspondence or calls requesting personal health advice.
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