Getting Powerful Shapely Glutes
Weightlifters, these muscles span the entire width of the buttocks, from the cheek to the derriere (pardon our French). When you jump, climb stairs, or rise out of a chair, you exercise your glutes. 1 Hip abductors This muscle group is found in the upper quadrant of the hip and buttocks area. You use it when you rotate your hips or move your legs to the side. Weak hip abductors cause you to shuffle when you walk. To keep your hips from freezing up and your buttocks from sagging, try out the exercises listed in Table 15-5. Exercises for Your Buttocks and Hips Stretches and conditions your hip flexors, buttocks, and pelvic girdle. Tones, conditions, and stretches your legs, buttocks, and abdominal muscles.
The standing heel-to-buttock posture improves your overall balance and stability. This posture strengthens your legs, arms, and shoulders and stretches your thighs. As with the other one-legged balancing poses, this posture enhances focus and concentration. Here's how it works 4. As you exhale, bend your right knee and bring your right heel toward your right buttock, keeping your left leg straight.
Purvottanasana The gluteus maximus contracts in this asana. Its external rotation componentis counteracted by contraction of the gluteus medius (anterior fibers), tensor fascia lata and adductor group. (Accentuate this by pressing down the ball of the foot.) Utthanasana The gluteus maximus stretches in this and other asanas flexing the trunk and hips. The gluteus medius presents a medium-sized, fan-shaped muscle located forward of the gluteus maximus, which partially covers it. The gluteus medius inserts on the tip of the greater trochanter (a protuberance on the proximal femur to which muscles attach). The gluteus medius covers the gluteus minimus. Direction and placement of muscle fibers determines the movement produced by contraction. Anterior fibers internally rotate and middle fibers abduct the femur. When the femuris fixed in place, as in one-legged standing poses, contracting the gluteus medius tilts the pelvis, maintaining balance. We are largely unaware of the gluteus medius,...
Fix awareness at the mooladhara chakra. Practise a mild form of moola bandha that is a slight contraction of mooladhara. Straighten your arms and lift your buttocks and whole body off the ground (see figure 2). Beat the buttocks on the floor. Raise and drop the body by bending and straightening the arms. Beginners should only beat the buttocks 3 times this can be slowly increased up to a maximum of 11 times. This beating should not be harsh. Throughout, the awareness should be fixed at mooladhara.
Many men desire to have not only strong, attractive abs, but a well-toned butt as well Doing an exercise that involves a pelvic lift is an excellent way for a man to increase awareness of the abdominal area while also strengthening and toning the buttocks. One of the best abdominal lifts in yoga is Bridge Pose. This asana combines a powerful pelvic lift with a back bending movement. Bridge Pose is presented in A Complete Yoga Practice Session for Men, where it is illustrated in Fig. YPS.11 (page 131). In addition to Bridge Pose, Locust Pose is an excellent yoga exercise to help a man increase abdominal awareness, stimulate the internal organs, and firm and tone the buttocks, while strengthening the back all at the same time
The gluteus maximus muscles (figs. 3.8, 3.10, and 8.9-10) are hip extensors and antagonists to the hip flexors, and one would at first assume that they would inhibit sitting correctly in the cross-legged postures, but that is not the case. It's true that they act as antagonists to the hip flexors in standing postures, but paradoxically, in meditative sitting postures they can actually support the action of the iliopsoas muscles by acting as slings to lift the pelvis from underneath. They do this only temporarily, however, if and when you momentarily double your efforts to sit straighter. In contrast to the continuing and highly desirable isometric contraction of the psoas muscles, keeping the gluteus maximus muscles continuously under tension would be too distracting. The gluteus medius and gluteus minimus muscles (fig. 3.8, 3.10, 8.9-10, 8.12, and 8.14) are abductors of the thighs, and will thus aid any sitting posture in which you are aiming to stretch the adductors and spread the...
There are many things to notice about this posture. As in the prelimina stance, to keep from swiveling the hips while flexing to the right, beginni g students have to keep the right quadriceps femoris muscle and the Ii t gluteal muscles strongly engaged. Test this by allowing the hips to rot e slightly into more neutral positions, and then tighten these muscles, especi i y the left gluteals, to make the correction.
Bend one of the arms, allowing the forearm and elbow to rest on the ground to do this you will have to twist your body to one side. Then slowly bend the other arm so that both elbows rest on the ground. At this stage the trunk and head should be supported above the ground behind the buttocks.
Strengthens and conditions your legs, buttocks, hips, back, shoulders, and arms Strengthens and conditions your hips, legs, buttocks, abdomen, back, and arms Stretches and strengthens your inner thighs, pelvic girdle, legs, buttocks, upper torso, and arms tones and conditions your abdomen and core Strengthens and tones your legs, buttocks, back, shoulders, and arms enhances balance and coordination Strengthens and tones your upper back, shoulders, and arms gently stretches your quads conditions your buttocks Strengthens and loosens your legs, buttocks, hips, back, and shoulders Develops balance and coordination stretches, strengthens, and conditions your legs, hips, buttocks, back, and groin Strengthens and tones your arms, back, buttocks, legs, and abdomen Strengthens your arms, back, abdomen, buttocks, and legs Develops balance, stability, and coordination strengthens your legs, buttocks, abdomen, back, and arms makes your hips more flexible Strengthens and tones the front and back...
Body is supported by the small area of contact between the floor and the buttocks. After a period of time this area soon becomes a little painful. However, this can be overcome to a degree by using a cushion under the buttocks. The other meditative asanas have a larger area of contact between the floor and the body - the weight of the body is supported partly by the buttocks and also by the legs, which reduces aches and pains developing.
To prepare for Bridge Pose, lie flat on your back with your arms alongside your body a few inches away from each side of the torso, palms facing down. Bend your legs and bring the heels of your feet as close to the buttocks as possible, your feet parallel to one another or slightly pigeon-toed (the toes of the feet pointing slightly inward). As you exhale, press your feet and arms into the ground as you lift the pelvis off the floor. Lift the buttocks as you peel them off the floor. Open the front hip creases. Gradually lift your back off the floor as you lift your buttocks higher. Unstack your vertebrae from the floor one by one beginning with those at the base of the spine and progressing up to the very top of the shoulders. As your upper back lifts off the floor, try to press your shoulders closer to the ground by sliding your hands under your back. If this pose is easy and comfortable for you so far, try going deeper in the pose by grasping your palms together under your back on...
Your hip, buttock, and leg muscles get a workout during a power walk. As a power walker, you need to condition your upper torso so you can balance better as you walk. The exercises in Table 16-6 are designed to tone, condition, strengthen, and stretch your legs and upper torso. They also create a greater range of movement for your hips and legs. Strengthens and conditions your legs, buttocks, back, shoulders, and arms enhances balance and stability Strengthens and conditions your legs, buttocks, hips, back, shoulders, and arms Strengthens and conditions your hips, legs, buttocks, abdomen, back, and arms Stretches and strengthens your inner thighs, pelvic girdle, legs, buttocks, upper torso, and arms tones and conditions your abdomen and core Builds strength and brings flexibility to your legs, buttocks, hips, back, and shoulders Develops balance and coordination stretches, strengthens, and conditions your legs, hips, buttocks, back, and groin Strengthens and tones your arms, back,...
For the following quadriceps exercise, you can put a towel or blanket under your feet or between your buttocks and heels if that makes sitting easier. 1. Sit on your heels with your knees bent, your feet underneath your buttocks, and the ankle weights resting on your thighs (see Figure 14-9).
Your waistline seems to be the measuring stick for determining whether you fit into your clothes or have to squeeze into them, but how tight your clothes are around your hips, buttocks, and thighs also tells you if your clothes fit. Look at it this way If you lose enough weight, you'll need a new wardrobe. Think of all the fun you can have shopping for new clothes.
Exhaling in four counts, (bend your legs bringing the soles of vour feet together with your knees wide apart pass your arms under your buttocks extending them backwards with your palms facing upward, and lower your shoulders to the ground. and turn the palms of your hands downward, pressing your arms with your buttocks,
Exhale as you curl your toes under and lift your buttocks up into the air so that your body forms an inverted V in relation to the floor. Allow your feet to rotate back completely so that your toes are flexed and you are supported on the balls of your toes. Allow your head to hang between your elbows, your gaze directed up and back toward your navel. Draw your sit-bones up into the air. Lift your shoulders out and away from the ears. Continue to broaden your shoulders and upper back. Keep your legs as straight as possible. Your feet should be hip-width distance (4 to 6 inches) apart, your heels pressing toward the floor. If possible, keep your feet, heels included, flat on the floor. If this is challenging for you, it's alright to let your heels lift up off the floor while the balls of your feet stay firmly planted on the ground. If the pose is still challenging you, bend your knees as much as necessary. Hold this position for five deep breaths. This position is known as adho mukha...
Because this posture is challenging, give yourself an advantage by pulling the flesh of the buttocks (you may know them as cheeks ) out from under the sits bones (the bones directly under that flesh they're also known as the ischial tuberosities) and bending your knees slightly. Alternatively, sit on some folded blankets.
If sitting on the floor isn't easy for you, put a small, firm cushion or folded blanket under your buttocks, or sit on the edge of a wooden chair with your feet on the floor (don't sit on an upholstered chair, because they tend to induce drowsiness). You can also lie down or sit against a wall.
Your hamstring is a long muscle located on the backside of your leg. It extends from your buttock to the back of your knee. The All-Out Hamstring Stretcher stretches your hamstrings an important task because these muscles help you move comfortably in many of the exercises where you need to step, stand, or bend over.
With your buttocks on the ground, apply (the phases oj) quick inhalation and exhalation as before, three times 19. Inhaling forcefully, place your buttocks on the ground and bring the joined soles of your feet to your secret place, extending your arms over your head, and continue applying the phases of inhalation nnd exhalation as before two more times, so as to perform the exercise three times. At the end, with your buttocks on the ground open (your knees) in At the end of these movements, inhaling forcefully place your buttocks on the ground with the soles of your feet together and your knees apart, and extend your arms over your head.
Trianga means three limbs or parts thereof. In this posture the three parts are the feet, knees and buttocks. Mukhaikapada (a compound of three words, mukha face, eka one, and pada leg or foot) corresponds to the face (or mouth) touching one (extended) leg. In Paschimottanasana (Plate 81) the back of the whole body is intensely stretched.
The erector spinae muscles are the prime movers in the back bend purvottanasana. Combine contracting the erector spinae with the synergists of this pose, including the quadriceps, gluteus maximus and triceps. This combination stretches the rectus femoris, iliopsoas, rectus abdominus, pectoralis major, triceps and anterior neck muscles.
After the intense abdominal work with the two-handed cobra and the lifted stick postures, everyone will be ready to do something that provides a modicum of relief, and one of the best postures for this is the down-facing dog (see also chapter 6). Along with the crow, this pose is another excellent semi inverted training posture for the headstand. The arms end up flexed 180 overhead, or even a little more, and this movement is accompanied by abou 6oc of upward rotation of the scapulae. And since the scapulae are supporting much of the weight of the upraised body, the five muscular attachment between it and torso must all be actively engaged. Allowing them to relax wi cause adduction and elevation of the scapulae, as well as an unsightl jamming of the shoulders toward the floor. To counteract this tendenc instructors usually urge students to press the hands strongly against the floe lift the buttocks, flatten the back, and piess the shoulders toward the feet (fl 8.26). They may not...
As you bend forward in this pose, your buttocks may lift off your heels slightly. With practice, you should be able to keep your buttocks on your heels as you perform the pose. You should also try to keep your palms together to maintain the intensity of the stretch in your shoulders. Stretching your arms back and up can help improve circulation in your hands and also help correct a rounded back and shoulders. If you cannot sit back onto your heels, you can place a thickly folded blanket between your heels and buttocks and sit on the blanket. Sitting on a folded blanket can also help reduce any strain you may be experiencing in your knees and hips. If you cannot sit back onto your heels in this pose, you can place a thickly folded blanket between your heels and buttocks and sit on the blanket. Sitting on a folded blanket can also help reduce any strain you may be experiencing in your knees and hips. If you still find Child's Pose uncomfortable, you can perform Little Boat Pose instead....
Sitting in lotus pose, use your arms to lift the buttocks off the ground. Keep the buttocks lifted and bow your head to the ground. Continue bowing up and down as you chant with Ragi Sat Nam Singh's Jaap Sahib. 4 Minutes. 9) Triangle Pose. Supporting yourself with the palms of your hands and the soles of your feet, and with your rear end up in the air, form a triangle with the qround. Your body will form a straight line from the heels to the buttocks and from the buttocks to the wrists. The head should be in line with the body and the arms hould be about 2 feet apart. HoId this position for 5 minutes, breathing normally. Then inhale. Exhale and slowly come out of this position and relax.
These three asanas are not the best or most suitable because they look spectacular or because they are difficult. There are veiy good reasons why they are the preferred sitting positions for meditational practice. Firstly, these asanas provide the most stable and rigid sitting positions of all meditative asanas. The body feels as firm and as immovable as a rock. Secondly, these asanas will automatically encourage the practitioner to hold the back and spine upright with little or no effort. There is much less tendency to slump forwards compared to other sitting positions. Thirdly, the contact area between the body and the ground is large. This distributes the weight of the body over a wide area, thereby preventing the occurrence of pain in the buttocks. This is one of the main faults of sukhasana3 The weight of the body is supported on a small area of the buttocks, which quickly results in discomfort. If you are a beginner to yoga, we don't expect you to be able to sit in these three...
Exhale through to sitting with right foot by right hip, knees close together, left leg extended straight out in front. Before starting pose, lift flesh of left buttock and make room for the right calf by turning it out a bit with hands. Modified posture place left hand out to side and push to keep right hip down. Or as above, but with a block or pillow under left buttock for support.
The receiving partner kneels on a mat facing a wall. If you are the helping partner, sit on the mat directly behind the receiving partner, close enough that you can place your feet on your partner's back body without straightening your legs. Lean back slightly and support your weight on your hands or forearms. Place the bail of one foot on the top of the receiver's buttock flesh, at the top of the sacrum, and gently draw the flesh of the buttock down to help the receiver keep the lower back long in the pose. Check in about the placement of your foot, making sure it is at the top of the buttock, not in the lumbar region (lower spine). To come out, the helper can remove the foot from the receiving partner's buttock, but leave the foot between the shoulder blades in place until the receiver is upright. Support and encourage your partner to keep the chest lifted coming out of the pose.
The semimembranosus and semitendonosus flex the straight knee, inwardly rotating the lower leg in the bent knee. This rotary component accentuates seated twists, but in the opposite direction of the biceps femoris. Contraction of these muscles also assists the gluteus maximus in extension of the thigh at the hip, as in virabhadrasana III. Tightness in this muscle limits forward bends and certain standing poses, especially those involving external rotation of the leg.
If you are the receiving partner, make sure you are drawing the buttock flesh away from the lower back as the chest is opening, being mindful of any sensation of compression in the lower back. Keep your weight on the ball of your big toe and keep your knees aligned with your hip sockets.
In viparita karani, you'll be lying on the floor on your back with your legs supported above you on the wall. You may wish to have a pillow or other padded prop handy to support your lower back and hips in this position. First, find a comfortable, padded space on the floor next to a wall where you'll be able to place your legs. Sit sideways against the wall with your right side facing the wall, about five to six inches away from it. As you exhale, swivel your buttocks toward the wall as you simultaneously lift your legs straight against the wall and lower your upper body so that your back is on the floor. Check to see how this placement of your body against the wall feels. If you are stiff, or tall, you may need to slide your buttocks slightly farther from the wall. You can also try placing a pillow or other padded prop under your buttocks for additional support. Experiment until you find a comfortable position. Don't be discouraged if it seems difficult to get into position on the...
Position Thumb and forefinger are in gyan mudra, the other fingers are relaxed and slightly curved. The hands are on the knees. The neck is absolutely straight with the chin pulled in. This is Jalandhara Bhand or neck lock. The chin rests in the notch between the collar bones at the top of the breast bone. The head stays level without tilting forward. The spine in the neck is straight. The chin is pulled in, the chest is out and there is little weight on the buttocks. Yogi Bhajan mentioned that when the neck lock is properly applied, a stretch can be felt in the deltoid muscles.
Those people who have stiff legs should not attempt the classical form of supta vajrasana. Instead, they should do the simplified form where the legs are kept straight in front of the body. That is, the legs are not folded under the buttocks in vajrasana. This variation is exactly the same as 'Method 2 with both legs straight' described under the heading 'Techniques for Beginners' in our description of matsyasana.
Hold the pose anywhere from 30 seconds to two minutes. Then release the clasp ofyour hands and place them on the ground underneath the shoulders. Walk your feet closer together, take your hands to your hips, and press the buttocks flesh down asyou stand up. Find your center in Tadasana (Mountain Pose).
Lift your hips two inches off the floor and squeeze your buttocks as tightly as you can for several seconds. Then release the contraction and drop your hips back down. Feel all the tight areas releasing and relaxing. Your hip joints should feel loose and your buttocks muscles completely relaxed.
Supta Padangusthasana B All external rotators of the hip contract in this asana. The piriformis also assists the lateral fibers of the gluteus medius, abducting the femur. Marichyasana III Contracting the internal rotators of the hip (tensor fascia lata and anterior fibers of gluteus medius) in this asana stretches the external rotators.
Supporting yourself with the palms of your hands and the soles of your feet, and with your rear end up in the air, form a triangle with the ground. Your body should form a straight line from the heels to the buttocks and from the buttocks to the wrists. The head should be in line with the body and the arms should be about 2 feet apart. Remain in this position with long, deep breathing for 2 - 3 minutes. Then inhale. Exhale and apply mool band. Hold the breath out briefly. Inhale and relax. This exercise aids in digestion and works to strengthen the nervous system.
Holding the air. extend your right leg to the right, then bend it and place the sole of the foot at the top of your left thigh and massage the whole leg energetically from the inside down to the ankle. Extend your leg straight forward and then bend it, bringing your knee towards the abdomen and your heel towards the secret place. 2 Lower your knee and push it backwards with the heel towards the buttock.
Have your partner lie down on his or her belly on a firm, padded surface. Your partner bends the legs, raising the lower legs off the ground, and lifting the feet toward the buttocks. Your partner grasps the ankles with his or her hands. As your partner inhales, he or she raises the knees and thighs off the ground by lifting up and pulling back on the ankles. As your partner's thighs come off the ground, he or she also lifts the head and front upper torso off the ground, back arching into a backbend. Encourage your partner to breathe deeply and fully during this pose.
Aum, second finger . . . Aum, third finger, fourth finger, fifth finger, palm, wrist, elbow, shoulder, armpit, right side of the waist, right buttock, right thigh Aum, knee, calf, ankle, heel, sole, top of the right foot, big toe, second toe, third, fourth, fifth, all the toes together. Left hand thumb, second finger, third, fourth, fifth, all the fingers together, palm, wrist, elbow, shoulder, armpit, left side of the waist, left buttock, left thigh . . . Aum, knee, calf, ankle, heel, sole, top of the left foot, big toe, second toe, third, fourth, fifth, all the toes together. Go to the top of the head . . . forehead, right eyebrow . . . Aum, left eyebrow, eyebrow centre . . . Aum, right eye, left eye, right cheek, left cheek, right nostril, left nostril, upper lip, lower lip, both lips together, chin, throat, right side of the chest, left side of the chest, whole chest, navel, right side of the abdomen, left side of the abdomen, whole abdomen, right thigh,...
Immediately bring the head forward to the ground. Lock hands in venus lock on the back. Raise the feet and forelegs off the ground near the buttocks. (B) Balance and meditate at the brow point for 3 minutes C. Sit as in B above and extend the left leg straight back and up to 60 degrees. Then bend it towards the buttocks and start kicking the buttocks as you do breath of fire, (C) Continue for 2 minutes. Switch legs and repeat 2 minutes. D. Immediately come back into celibate pose with buttocks on the ground between the heels. (D) Begin long, deep, and slow breathing fo 2 minutes. M. In the same position as L but with the chest relaxed on the ground begin to kick the buttocks with alternate legs. (M) Continue for 3 minutes.
Grasp the lower part of the calves just above the ankles with your hands. Bend forwards and place the crown of your head on the floor in front of your knees. Your head should rest on a folded blanket. Raise your buttocks until the thighs are as vertical as is comfortable.
The locust posture strengthens the entire torso including the lower back and the neck. In addition, it strengthens the buttocks and the legs and improves digestion and elimination. An ongoing controversy in the Yoga world is Should the buttocks be firm or soft in the cobra The traditional instruction is to firm the buttocks. However, the work of New Zealand-born physiotherapist Robin McKenzie has revolutionized back care and ideas about back bends. In his own version of the cobra, called The McKenzie Technique, McKenzie suggests that the buttocks be soft to facilitate the healing of numerous lower back ailments. Try the cobra both ways, with the buttocks firm or soft, and see which feels best to you. Note This discussion applies to cobra only in all the locust postures, the buttocks are usually tight.
The sadhaka should sit in the maha bandha pose (padmasana) and do pooraka (inhalation) with a concentrated mind. The breath should be retained inside while doing jalandhara bandha. Placing both palms on the ground on each side of the body, the sadhaka should slowly raise himself off the ground. The buttocks should be gently beaten on the ground. By this practice, prana will enter the sushumna. The ida, pingala and sushumna become united this leads to freedom. The body becomes like a corpse. At this stage inhalation should be recontinued. This practice bestows many siddhis (psychic powers), prevents old age, removes wrinkles and prevents white hair. It is a practice that is highly respected by the sages. (v. 3 25-29)
Assume a comfortable position lying on the floor on your back in Corpse Pose (see Fig. YPS.3, page 122). The backs of your legs are in contact with the floor, your legs spread out about hip-width or a little further apart, your toes pointing away from your body. Your buttocks, back, and the back of your head are all in comfortable contact with the floor. Your arms are spread several inches out from your body, the backs of your arms in contact with the floor, palms opened toward the ceiling. Take a few deep, complete yogic breaths, filling up your abdomen, chest, and shoulders with each inhalation, and releasing your breath fully with each exhalation. Now, on an inhalation through your nose, tense your body Make fists of your hands, tense your buttocks and legs, your pectorals, and even your face. Make your face into a prune. Hold your breath, and then exhale through the mouth. Repeat this contraction relaxation exercise several times. By contracting and tensing your body and then...
F i m movement for training of the Snake, arch the upper part oj your boh while inhaling forcefully with the sound HA interrupt (your breath), straighten your arms, align your head, back and arms, and keeping your palms and the soles of your feet on the ground, push your buttocks back and stretch like a dog.
Nam Singh's Jaap Sahib and time your bows with the repetition of the words Namo and Namastang . Continue in this rhythm. 14 Minutes. 3.Sit in full lotus pose with your hands on the ground on either side of your hips. Use your hands to lift your buttocks off the floor and then let the buttocks drop back to the floor. Chant Har with each bounce, using the power of the navel point. Chant using only the tip of the tongue. 2 Minutes.
This posture requires some upper body strength. At first, you may have difficulty raising your entire body. If so, allow your knees to remain on the floor while you raise your buttocks. Maintaining an upright pose, practice shifting your center point until you feel stable. If you practice the uplifting pose daily, you will begin lifting your entire body off the floor within two weeks. Remember
First be aware ofyour right hand then right hand thumb, second finger, third finger, fourth finger, fifth finger, all the fingers together, the palm, back of the right hand, wrist, elbow, right shoulder, armpit, right side of the waist, right buttock, right thigh, knee, calf, ankle, heel, sole, top of the right toot, big toe, second toe, third toe, fourth toe, fifth toe, all the toes together . . . Be aware . . . Now the left side . . . Left hand thumb, second finger, third finger, fourth finger, fifth finger, all the fingers together, the palm, back of the left hand, wrist, elbow, left shoulder, armpit, left side of the waist, left buttock, left thigh, be aware of the left thigh, knee, calf, ankle, heel, sole, top of the left foot, big toe, second toe, third toe, fourth toe, fifth toe, all the toes together . . . Be alert. . . Now the back . . . Right buttock, left buttock, both buttocks together, right shoulder blade, left shoulder blade, both shoulder blades together, the spine...
Thispracticewillgctyouin touch with the manipura chakra, which governs the navel and solar plexus area, This energetic force can be weak, not just physically but psychologically, too, after the sheer willpower that giving birth requires, says Missingham. Working the core in Plank and Paripurna Navasana (Full Boat Pose) can reignite a sense of Strength and self-confidence. Other poses in the sequence gently release tension all through the body A supine Gomukhasana (Cow Face Pose) can be a balm to the ou ter hips and gluteal muscles. Bridge and Eagle are great for relieving the tension in the chest, shoulders, and upper back that builds as you carry a new baby around.
To do this advanced version of the shoulderstand successfully, t e tendency for forward bending also has to be supressed at the hips, wh h means keeping the hips extended. The main muscle responsible for 1 s is the gluteus maximus. As seen earlier (figs. 3.8, 3.10, 8.9-10, and 8.1 ), this muscle takes origin from the back of the ilium and sacrum and is two insertions, one into the iliotibial tract (which as suggested by s name bypasses the knee and attaches to the tibia figs. 3.8 and 8.12), d the other directly onto the femur (fig. 3.8b, 3.10, and 8.12). The gluh is maximus is the heaviest muscle in the body, and you can immediately I el it tighten up on both sides as you try to hold the thighs extended in ie advanced shoulderstand. The effort that tightens the gluteus maxii is also squeezes the hips together, with the result that this posture h Is the sacroiliac joints in a position of counternutation that is, with e ischial tuberosities pulled toward one another, the ilia spread...
Lying prom, join your thumbs and bio toes exhaling quickly with HA, push your buttocks (down), arch your torso and press your feet on the round bv your sides apply a contracted hold for a cycle and a half lib a 4. Exhaling quickly in two counts by emitting an aspirated HA, push your buttocks down, arch the back of your head and torso, and pressing your feet on the ground by your sides, open your elbows.
The Locust offers many of the same benefits as the Flying Locust (see the previous exercise in this workout). It develops your shoulders, chest, arms, legs, back, buttocks, and abdominal muscles. Instead of working all four limbs at the same time, however, you work only two an opposite arm and leg. For this reason, the Locust develops cross-coordination and fires the nerve pathways of your brain.
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Breathe in and step or jump backward with both feet. Push your buttocks up in the air and look at your navel (Downward-Facing Dog pose Exercise 62). 5. Breathe out, drop your buttocks onto your heels, and stretch your arms forward as far as you can. 7. Breathe out and push your buttocks up in the air again, stretch your legs and look at your navel (Downward-Facing Dog pose).
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If you have a lower back problem, do this exercise tentatively at first, and engage your buttocks muscles as you engage your abdominals this helps stabilize your lower back. 2. Inhaling to a count of four, raise your hips and buttocks to knee height and lift both arms above your head (see Figure 7-12b). Your hands should move 180 degrees to the floor behind you. Press down into your feet as you lift your hips and buttocks, and rely on your shoulders to bear most of the burden.
Sitting comfortably in the lotus posture, gently lower your back so you are lying on the floor with your crossed legs in the air. Place your palms flat on the floor just underneath your buttocks. While arching your back, lower your crossed legs to the floor. Resting on your bent elbows and forearms, continue arching your back until the crown of your head is on the floor. Breathe easily while holding this position for fifteen seconds. Then lower your back to the floor and slowly uncross your legs. If you are unable to get into a full lotus, you can perform a simpler modification of the fish pose. Lying on your back, bend your knees and bring your heels as close as you can to your buttocks. Bear your weight on your
The Chair is a total-body strengthening exercise that particularly benefits your shoulders, arms, and legs and also exercises your buttocks, abs, and hamstrings. As you do it, press into the ground on all four corners of your feet as you raise and lower the weights. Raise your arms in front of your body, keeping your palms inward. Imagine that a chair is behind you and you're touching it with your buttocks.
The Dog to Plank is a powerful upper-body strengthener. This exercise gives you overall strength benefits, which is why you find it in more than one workout (see Chapter 10). It sculpts and tones the entire trunk of your body and also works your buttocks. Along with the strength benefits, the Dog to Plank gives you an endurance exercise with aerobic benefits, and it develops your ability to concentrate. Think the title of the exercise is funny Well, as you do this exercise, think of how a dog stretches after waking up from a nap, and imagine what your dog is thinking as he watches you. 2. Move into the downward-facing dog position by lifting your hips and buttocks as you straighten your legs, bring your thighs back, and move your heels toward the floor.
Adjust your feet so your fingertips graze the back ofyour heels. Pull your shoulders closer to your ears to soften the trapezius muscles, and turn your palms to face the ceiling. On an inhalation, slowly press down with your feet and lift your hips. Tune in to the places that feel tight, using the physical sensations to focus and direct your mind. Keep your thighs and knees parallel and, while keeping your feet fixed, isometrically drawyour heels toward your buttocks. This will help you use your hamstrings rather than your gluteus muscles to lift, and will release compression across your lower back by preventing your thighs from separating. You'll repeat this movement in Urdhva Dhanurasana. To complete the pose, interlace your fingers beneath you and, without pulling your shoulders further fromyourears, roll your outer upper arms under and press down through your outer shoulders. Release your inner thighs down toward the floor and extend the flesh of the buttocks toward your knees,...
On the next exhalation, bend your el-boM's to the sides and begin to pull your torso forward. Turn the tops ofyour thighs inward and press them strongly down so that you feel your hamstrings lengthen and widen on the floor. Even though you are working to spread your hamstrings and buttocks, your hips should feel compact. Cut your outer thighs and hips down into the floor. Lengthening the hamstrings and spreading the buttocks will help
Stretch your calf muscles down toward your heels. Lengthen your toes forward on the floor and pull your heels back as if the bottom of your foot were becoming longer. Pull on the table, inhale, and lift the sides of your rib cage and waist. As your torso rises, move your hips and buttocks down. Look up toward your hands and hold this Malasana variation for 20 seconds. To come out of the pose, inhale and pull on the table to stand up and straighten your legs.
The Skater is an aerobic exercise that works the muscles of your buttocks. By the time you do this exercise twice, you'll be huffing and puffing. The balancing aspect of this exercise fires and stimulates your brain's nerve connections. The Skater is similar to the Chair (see the previous exercise in this workout), but here you lift a leg behind you. Lift your arms in front of your body until they reach the height of your ears. As you lift, sit back a little bit with your buttocks behind your heel. Feel your buttocks squeezing as your hips are parallel to the floor. buttocks.
The Swimmer is a right brain-left brain, cross-shifting exercise. Because you work opposite arms and legs, you develop coordination and balance skills. The exercise works your arms, legs, lats (the muscles in your upper back), and buttocks. The trunk of your body also gets a workout.
The Burning Boat really works the muscles of your belly, like rowing without paddles. Because you exercise with only your buttocks touching the ground, you make your muscles burn and you build endurance and stamina. In the yogic system, fire represents purification, change, and renewal. Be sure to use Ocean Breaths (see Chapter 4) in this workout because they oxygenate the fire and really heat things up. 1. Sit on your buttocks with your knees bent and feet flat on the floor, and hold the weights in your hands with your palms facing forward (see Figure 12-6a).
Lie flat on the floor, facing upward. The legs should be straight and together and should remain so throughout the practice. The palms can face upward or downward beginners may place their fists under the buttocks with the knuckles facing upwards. Relax the whole body and prepare for the practice. Breathe in deeply. Then fold the legs over the top of the head, keeping them straight as illustrated. As the legs are raised over the head, the buttocks and hips should also be simultaneously raised.
Sit on your buttocks with your legs straight in front of you, and roll the fleshy part of each buttock and thigh out from under your body. Pull your belly in, lean to one side, reach around your hip, grasp your buttock and inner thigh with your hand, and move the flesh to the outside. Do this for each buttock. After you finish, you'll feel as if your sit bones are rooted downward a little bit more toward the floor. You'll also be able to draw your belly in and work your abdominal muscles more deeply. If sitting upright while holding the weights is too uncomfortable for you, try placing a rolled-up blanket under your buttocks to encourage your pelvis to release. This way, you feel the natural curve of your lumbar spine again, which helps you sit up taller and straighter. You can also bend your knees.
Exhale, recline the trunk slightly back and simultaneously raise the legs from the floor and keep them stiff as a poker with the knees tight and the toes pointing forwards. Balance is maintained only on the buttocks and no part of the spine should be allowed to touch the floor, from which the legs should be kept at an angle of 60 to 65 degrees. The feet are higher than the head and not level with it as in Ardha Navasana. (Plate 37)
Gently pull your clasped hands back toward your buttocks and raise your chest off the floor. You will feel your back muscles all along your spine being used. 6. Lifting the arms and legs should occur simultaneously. However, if your child is not strong enough to do this at first, have him lift his arms toward his buttocks and let his legs stay on the floor (Figure 2.33).
In this first variation, you will learn to gauge how far you can raise the uplifted leg and stretch your hamstrings while balancing the alignment of your hips, pelvis, and lower back. Lie on your back with the soles of your feet against a wall. Bend your knees slightly and place your palms under your sacrum. Use your hands to slide the skin of your buttocks and sacrum toward the wall as though you were smoothing out and lengthening your lower back. Then push your heels into the wall and straighten your legs without losing the adjustment you just gave yourself. This adjustment gives an important sense of direction for you throughout the pose, so feel free to repeat it ifyou have lost the sensation of lcngtheni ng the sides ofyour lower back toward the wall. Bend your right knee into your chest, and place the belt around your foot. Hold the sides of the belt in each hand. Without disturbing your left leg, stretch and raise the right leg until it forms a 6o-degree angle to the floor. It...
Raise your buttocks toward your heels as you lengthen your inner thighs and reach up through the balls of your big toes. Breathe normally and coordinate the actions of the pose so that you grow from the base at your arms and shoulders up through your legs to your toes. Look toward your chest, stretch your arms away from the wall, and rotate your upper arms out, with palms facing away from each other as you roll onto the outer edges of your shoulders. Lift the upper back, sides of the torso, and shoulder blades away from the floor. Straighten your legs and lengthen your buttocks toward your heels on the wall. Bending your elbows, take your hands to the upper back to scoop it away from the floor and to broaden your chest. Relax your throat and jaw as you look toward your chest.
Remember your mom telling you to sit up straight at the dinner table Well, she would approve of this exercise, called the Table. It works and tones your buttocks, hips, and thighs it exercises your back and spine to develop core-strength conditioning and it helps you develop the muscles that support your trunk. Overall, this exercise helps you develop good posture. You also kick like a donkey and develop leg strength, which your mom probably didn't approve of at the table.
The Crow is a weighted version of a classic yoga posture that works your buttocks, your upper shoulders, your belly, and your legs. It stretches and conditions your hamstrings and calves and also works your spine. The exercise may seem difficult to do at first, but you can master it with a little practice.
The Half Moon is a pose of concentration and balance that fires the nerves of your brain. The pose is as much about balance and stability as it is about strength. It works every part of your legs and buttocks and also strengthens your arms. The Half Moon will leave your body and mind fully invigorated.
Regin in Dandasana as you did previously. Inhale and extend your arms straight up overhead. Lift the sides of your rib cage and waist. On an exhalation, reach forward and clasp your outer feet. Pull on your feet and draw your arms hack as you did in the first variation to make your back concave. Flatten your thighs into the floor and move the buttocks back as you inhale and lengthen the abdomen forward. Broaden the top ofyour chest so that the shoulders, collarbones, neck, and throat remain soft.
The hands are about the level of the ears. The fingers are spread. Begin rapidly moving your hands in small outward circles. These circles pass in front of the face and body as if you were using both hands to wipe a mirror in front of you. The movement is so vigorous that the buttocks are pulled a little off the ground during the circling. Keep your eyes open during this exercise. 5 1 2 Minutes. This exercise works on the thymus gland, the gland which controls all blood diseases. It promotes good circulation in the breast area. The area around the collarbone and the shoulders will be worked on and will feel the effects of the movement.
Lie on your back, smooth your buttocks down, and straighten your legs. Press both thighs into the floor and extend from your calves as if you were still pushing into a wall. Place your left hand on top of your left thigh. Bend your right knee toward your chest and reach your right arm along the inside ofyour right leg to catch the big toe with your index and middle fingers. Keep the left thigh pressing into the floor as you stretch your right foot toward the ceiling. If you can't straighten both legs or if your right buttock lifts off the floor, use a belt around the right foot, walking your right hand up the belt until your arm is straight. Press the front ofyour right thigh back to fully straighten the leg. Move the top of your right thigh down into the hip socket to ground the hip onto the floor. Move the right buttock away from your head so that the right side of your waist feels as long as the left. Meanwhile, press the inner edge of your left leg...
You can put away the chair andgrab a couple of blankets for the second variation see figure 2). In this pose, you establish the alignment of your legs while placing your hand on the floor to keep your pelvis level and your torso upright. Sit on the front edge of two folded, stacked blankets in Dandasana Staff Pose). Shift your hips to the left side ofyour blankets so that only your right buttock (not the thigh) is on the front corner of the stack. Bend your knees, and swing your legs to the left. Lay your feet on the floor outside your left hip, with your left ankle resting in your right arch. Your knees and thighs should face straight forward. Let your left buttock drop into the space between the blankets and your feet. If having both knees on the floor is painful or if your ankles are stiff, use more blankets or continue working with the first variation. right, so push off with your right hand to help you dropyour left buttock and rebalance. Lift the sides ofyour rib cage evenly so...
There is a very simple and direct method of quickly knowing if you have twisted the trunk in the correct direction. Imagine that the leg that points backwards, the one with the heel pressed against the buttock, is an arrow or a pointer. Your trunk must be twisted in the same direction as the arrow. In other words, in the final pose you should face in the direction that the arrow points. If this is not the case then you will definitely know that you are doing the asana incorrectly.
Do you feel light and free Or have you relaxed the muscles, collapsed the chest, and bent the standing knee in order to balance To radiate extension, inhale as you lengthen your tailbone and buttock toward the left foot. Turn your chest toward the ceiling and the left side of the waist toward the wall. Your head and left shoulder, arm, and heel should be on the wall. Your right buttock may be touching too, but don't lean it on the wall.
The bind will bring you into the first stages of a twist. But before you go further, drop your left buttock and outer hip toward the floor as you lift the left side of your chest, Without disturbing the bal anced level ofyour foundation, exhale and revolve your chest from left to right. You'll feel a stretch in the front of your right shoulder as you move it back. If you can
On an inhalation, lift the sides ofyour chest, and with an exhalation, begin to turn your chest to the right. Roll both shoulders back and broaden your chest. Continue to drop your left outer hip and buttock as the left side of your chest ascends. This will help lengthen the left side ofyour back. To remain grounded on the left side as you turn to the right, roll the outer edge ofyour left shin and little toe onto the floor. You can also push off your right hand to help you put weight on your left shin and keep your axis vertical. Roil both shoulders back and move your shoulder blades in toward your chest. Bring your upper spine, shoulder blades, and back ribs forward as you exhale and turn to the right.
The floor before placing the belt around your right foot. Now hold both sides of the belt together in your right hand and extend your right leg up toward the ceiling. Press your left thigh into the floor and your heel into the wall. With straight legs, turn your right thigh outward and lower your right leg to the right, in line with your hip. Pause for a moment halfway down, and again charge your left heel into the wall, keeping your left hip on the floor so that you don't topple over to the right side. Extend from your inner right thigh to your inner right heel, and move your outer right hip and buttock away from your head toward the wall, the way you did when you adjusted yourself earlier. Keeping the legs straight and the left side grounded, lower your right leg more and place the outer edge of your foot on the block. If the block isn't tall enough or if your left hip lifts off the floor, add another
It might feel frustrating to spend precious practice time waiting for your turn, but the benefits of partnering go both ways. When you're the person assisting, you have a chance to observe the action on another body, which is a step toward deepening your own practice, says Howard. You can't see yourself draw the buttock down in a backbend. But if you're helping someone else do it, you can see what that looks like. With this new awareness, I gradually started noticing what it looked like on my fellow students to tuck the tail bone, lengthen the spine, or draw the shoulder blades down the back. I was surprised by how much this helped me to visualize those actions on my own body
Sometimes the knees and feet turn out or become loose in this pose, which can tighten the lower hack. To keep the legs firm, press the inner edge of each leg into the floor and extend the back of your heels away from your pelvis. As the calves reach forward in the direction of your heels, the hamstrings stretch back toward your buttocks, as if you were pushing the blankets behind you with your buttocks.
From there, wrap your right arm around your right leg, getting your right wrist and handup ovcryour right buttock. Swing your left arm around your back and clasp your left wrist with your right hand. Draw your arms into their sockets as you firm your shoulder blades against your back. Widen your collarbones and propel your chest forward as if you were in Chaturanga. Look forward to further open your chest.
This small polyarticular muscle originates from the iliac crest in front of the gluteus medius, assisting it with internal rotation of the hip. Inserting on the iliotibial band, it also works with the anterior fibers of the gluteus maximus to extend the knee. Hamstrings, adductor group and gluteus maximus (femoralinsertion). Quadriceps, iliopsoas and anterior portion of gluteus maximus (iliotibial band insertion), gluteus medius.
Gluteus maximus extends hip and trunk resulting in lengthening and stretching of the Iliopsoas, particularly in backbends. Rectus femoris assists the iliopsoas in fine-tuning hip flexion, also assists the gluteus maximus in accentuating stretch of the iliopsoas during back-bending (by extending the knee). This illustration uses virabhadrasana II to demonstrate the tensor fascia lata, sartorius, rectus femoris, and pectineus as synergists of the psoas. Similarly, the extended back hip demonstrates how the gluteus maximus and hamstrings act as antagonists to the psoas. I his illust ration uses eka pada viparita dandasana to demonstrate the gluteus maximus and hamstrings stretching the psoas and the synergists I the psoas in the planted leg. Similarly, the flexed hip of the leg in the lit demonstrates the tensor fascia lata, sartorius, rectus femoris and pectineus as synergists of the psoas.
For example, in the one-legged vrksasana the iliacus and gluteus medius represent monoarticular muscles because they originate on the ilium and attach to the proximal femur, crossing (and moving) only the hip joint. Here the iliacus and gluteus medius serve to stabilize the hip joint in the standing leg. The quadratus lumborum, psoas, rectus femoris and sartorius represent polyarticular muscles because they all cross (and move) multiple joints. Here these muscles contribute to flexing, abducting and externally rotating the non-standing leg. For example, in the one-legged vrksasana the iliacus and gluteus medius represent monoarticular muscles because they originate on the ilium and attach to the proximal femur, crossing (and moving) only the hip joint. Here the iliacus and gluteus medius serve to stabilize the hip joint in the standing leg. The quadratus lumborum, psoas, rectus femoris and sartorius represent polyarticular muscles because they all cross (and move) multiple joints....
Exhale, recline the trunk back and simultaneously raise the legs from the floor, keeping the thighs and knees tight and the toes pointed . The balance of the body rests on the buttocks and no part of the spine should be allowed to touch the floor. (Plate 37) One feels the grip on the muscles of the abdomen and the lower back. 2. Rest the buttocks on the floor, but not the body on the feet. The feet are kept by the side of the thighs, the inner side of each calf touching the outer side of its respective thigh. Keep the toes pointing back and touching the floor. Keep the wrists on the knees, palms facing up, and join the tips of the thumbs and forefingers. Keep the other fingers extended. Stretch the back erect. (Back view Plate 42. Front view Plate 43) 9. If you find it difficult to perform the pose as described above, try placing the feet one above the other and rest the buttocks on them. (Plate 39) Gradually move the toes further apart, separate the feet (Plates 40 and 41) and bring...
Close together as is comfortable for you. Once your palms are in a comfortable position, make sure your body forms a straight line from your shoulders down to your feet. Do not allow your buttocks to drop toward the floor. Keep your body straight. You should not allow your buttocks to drop down.
Yoga practitioners use facilitated stretching to deepen their postures. This type of stretching involves contracting the muscle being stretched during an active static stretching. This action triggers a reflex arc involving the Golgi tendon organ, resulting in a profound relaxation of the target muscle when the contraction period ends. This is also known as proprioceptive neuromuscular facilitation (PNF). It is extremely important to consider the joint reaction forces when using facilitated stretches, since the force the muscle generates is transmitted to the joints. As a general rule, gently contract the stretched muscle to avoid excessive joint reaction forces. These images demonstrate facilitated stretching ot the gluteus medius, maximus and tensor fascia lata.
In tsogkxil with the soles of your feet together, place your palms in front of xour secret place ami inhale quickly, raising your buttocks and opening your shoulders like a majestically seated lion. After (a hold of) one and a 3. Inhaling quickly in two counts, open your shoulders and straighten your back and. with your arms straight, lift your buttocks.192 For training, plate your palms in front of your secret place and raise your buttocks, and press the backs of your knees' on your elbows. 3. Inhaling quickly in two counts, keeping your arms straight, lift your buttocks and firmly press the backs of your knees to your elbows. 4. Holding closed as long as you can, lift your buttocks and remain raised in this position opening your shoulders and arching the back of
Ushtrasana stretches the iliopsoas through contraction of the hip and trunk extensors, including the gluteus maximus. Stretch is accentuated by contraction of the quadriceps (including the rectus femoris, which is eccentrically contracted). Gluteus Maximus The gluteus maximus stands out as the largest and most posterior of four muscles located on the outside of the pelvis. The gluteus maximus is a single muscle divided into two insertions one on the outside of the proximal femur bone and one on a strap-like structure on the outside of the thigh called the iliotibial band. Contracting the gluteus maximus extends and outwardly rotates the femur. Fibers attached to the iliotibial band tenseitand assistin moving the knee. The gluteus maximus functions as a mono- and polyarticular muscle. Tightness of the gluteus maximus limits forward bending at the hips, such as in utthanasana. Like the iliopsoas, the gluteus maximus works unconsciously during standing and walking. Many important yoga...
Let the buttocks rest firmly on the floor. buttocks should rest on the floor. This method is illustrated in figure 2 and 3. 3. Methodfor beginners most people will find that both methods 1 and 2 are too difficult. In this case a blanket should be folded a number of times and placed under the buttocks (see figure 4). This will apply a firm pressure in the region of mooladhara chakra.
I.yiw on xour back, inhaling in one complete cycle raise your legs and buttocks straightening xour sides with your hands, extend your knees and lets, place the weight of your body on xour shoulders and the back of the head and remain in complete closed hold like a flame rising (upward).
Will use the gluteal muscles in the hips to provide even more lift. And a the gluteus maximus muscles shorten concentrically for extending th hips, they lift the pelvis away from the floor and indirectly aid extension the knee joint. As advanced students lift into the posture, the lumbar region become fully extended and the hips become hyperextended. Such students will 1 dividing their attention among at least five tasks after they bend the knees and grasp their ankles paying attention to stretch and tension of tl quadriceps maintaining a strong connection between the ankles ar shoulders watching the knee joints, which are receiving an unconvention stress overseeing the complex muscular interactions between the quadrice femoris muscles on one hand and the gluteal muscles that lift the thig during extension of the hip joints on the other and breathing, which rocking the upper half of the body up with each inhalation and dropping t forward with each exhalation (fig. 5.23). Once these...
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