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Spinal Trap

Weak, tight hips can throw your spine out of line. By balancing the muscles that flex and extend your hips, yoga promotes a healthy spine and efficient movement—and prevents back pain and injury.

By Julie Gudmestad


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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Prometheus Jackson

It's a tight and weak spine that creates tight and weak hips--not the other way around.

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