Driving lessons for your body:
Learn to feel and control your spine
improve posture, breath control, ribcage control, with a taste of controlling your hip bones
Published: 2020 08 02
Categories/Tags: Smart yogi
, Driving lessons for your body
Driving lessons for your body teach you how to feel and control your muscles (and bones) so that you can use them to feel and control your body without having to think about how to use them.
Lessons in muscle control for your spine teaches you how to feel and control your spine. You'll learn how to feel and control your spine, ribcage, and get a taste of feeling and controlling your hip bones.
You can also use this to work towards better posture, breath control (say while doing breathing exercises). You can also then use your spine as an anchor for better control of your hips and shoulders.
Lessons in muscle control for your spine is a video course hosted on Podia. Each video teaches you a muscle control exercise that you can do with the video or by yourself. Exercises are designed to be easy to understand, with short instruction sets, so that you can focus on doing them.
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Exploring Different Ways of Using Your Body
There is no single "right way" of doing a yoga pose. Instead, there are options. And the better you are at "feeling" your body, the better you can get at choosing the right option for your body as it is now.
Taking the Time to Learn
Often in a yoga class you don't have the time or opportunity to actually learn your body. You are too busy moving from pose to pose, or you get so much information in a short period of time that its difficult to remember any of it, let alone all of it. And then in the next class you are learning something different.
So it takes a long time (and a lot of classes) to actually learn anything.
A different approach is to focus on learning little bits at a time.
The little bits at a time are individual muscles or individual groups of muscles.
Repeated turning muscles on and off then gives you experience that you can use to better feel, control and understand your body.
You could think of this as a scientific approach, because you are isolating particular parts of your body with exercises that are a lot like experiments.
It's like flicking different light switches on and off to see which switch controls which light bulb.
The idea is to become good at using each technique to the point that it can be used in any pose, even those it hasn't been practiced in. And of course, the idea is that you actually learn the technique so that you can remember it easily.
However, because you are learning to feel your body and control it (and not think about how to do it), the experience, once learned, is like having learned to ride a bike, hard to forget!
Learning to Drive (your body)
This approach is also a little like learning to drive a car, or better yet, a motorcycle. You practice using the brakes so that you know how to use them. Then you learn how to steer. Only once you have learned a skill to the point that you can do it without thinking about how to do it do you move on to the next skill.
Note that the goal here isn't perfection. That comes with practice. Instead the idea is to be able to do a particular skill without having to think about how to do it, so that then you can practice it whenever the opportunity arises.
Going back to the bicycle metaphor, even if you have learned to ride a bike, you can always get better at riding.
Getting into the Flow
One of the interesting side effects of practicing muscle control is that you don't have to be constantly flowing from pose to pose in order to get into the flow. The simple act of feeling your muscles activate and relax helps get you there.
With muscle control, the focus is on what is going on inside of your body. And the focus is on deliberately creating changes within your body. While there is some movement, the changes are smaller and more regular than simply doing vinyasas from one pose to the next.
As a result, you may find that your yoga practices where you focus on muscle control can leave you feeling refreshed and energized.
And if you modulate your effort, you can also learn to workout in such a way that you don't feel worn out at the end of your practice.
Minimizing Effort and Maximizing Effect
An advantage of muscle control, particularly if you practice slow and smooth activations and relaxations (a point that is particularly evident in the videos) is that you can get better at feeling the minimum required effort to do a pose.
You'll still be working in your poses, there will still be muscular activation (since you need it to feel your body) however, the activation, the effort will be the minimum required.
How Do You Learn Muscle Control?
I first learned muscle control as a teenager learning to lift weights. After starting bench pressing I, like many other teenagers, learned to pop my pecs.
When joining the army I had to hide the fact that I had flat feet (actually, I had collapsed arches, but to the army at the time they were one and the same thing). The trick I used to hide my flat feet later became one of my basic exercises for foot awareness and control. These were my initial forays into learning muscle control.
Later I accidentally learned some muscle control techniques while trying to overcome knee pain that was getting in the way of me teaching yoga. That particular technique also helped me get past some sticking points when stretching. Since then my focus has been on systemizing my understanding of muscle control to make it easier to learn.
Learning muscle control generally means activating a muscle or set of muscles and then relaxing. Each exercise in this course helps you work towards being able to activate muscles and feel them activate without having to think about how to do it.
Basically, each exercise helps you to turn muscle control and proprioception into "Muscle Memory".
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