Erector Spinae Muscles

Extends, laterally flexes, and assists in rotation of vertebral column.

The laterally placed erector spinae and the deeper quadratus lumborum contract to twist the back and lift the kidney region in poses such as marichyasana III.

The erector spinae and quadratus lumborum lift and straighten the spine in tadasana.

Open chain contraction of the quadratus lumborum draws the ribs downward during respiration.

Erector Spinae

Synergy

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.

Erector Spinae

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The Chakra Checklist

The Chakra Checklist

The chakras are described as being aligned in an ascending column from the base of the back to the top of the head. New Age practices frequently associate each chakra with a particular color.

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