Anatomy Of Hatha Yoga

to be monitored constantly to keep the back pressed against the floor Another complicating factor is that most students concentrate on the press so intently that they forget their extremities, and this will usually mean tensing them. Try not to let that happen. This is a breathing and concentration exercise for the lower back and abdomen.

The lumbar press is more delicate than, but otherwise similar to, thi preparatory position for the basic supine double leglift (fig. 3.17). There w were preparing for a tremendous amount of tension on the lumbar lordosi from the hip flexors, and we had to make a no-holds-barred effort to kee the lumbar region flat against the floor. Here we are looking at somethin more refined. We are lying supine with the lower back pressed to the floe and exploring an exercise without movement, holding the lower back fl; t. against the floor during both inhalation and exhalation.

The lumbar lift is obviously contraindicated for anyone with lower ba k problems, but the lumbar press is a different matter. Anyone who can mast r that posture will have a potent weapon for dealing with low back probler The exercise will strengthen the abdominal muscles along with the pel c and respiratory diaphragms, and one can gradually learn to use breath g to bring conscious awareness to the abdominopelvic region. Coupled v. h mild prone backbending postures that strengthen the back muscles, e lumbar press is a powerful means to lumbar health.

the fish

Most fish regulate their buoyancy with swim bladders into which oxyge is secreted from the blood (which helps them rise toward the surface), id from which oxygen is absorbed into the blood (which helps them desce; I). Human beings do something similar: if they barely have enough bod> at to enable them to float, they can regulate their buoyancy in the wate1 by the amount of air in their lungs. And so it is that one of the most effei ve ways to stay afloat is to settle into the classic yogic fish posture (fig. -8) with the feet folded into the lotus position, the lumbar region dt >ly

Figure 5.27. The lumbar press is a demanding breathing and concentration exercise for the back and lower abdomen in which the tendency of the diaphragm to pull the lumbar region forward is fully countermanded by intra-abdominal pressure that strongly presses the lower back against the fie >' (arrow) and that restrains inhalation.

Figure 5.27. The lumbar press is a demanding breathing and concentration exercise for the back and lower abdomen in which the tendency of the diaphragm to pull the lumbar region forward is fully countermanded by intra-abdominal pressure that strongly presses the lower back against the fie >' (arrow) and that restrains inhalation.

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