DEEPER TWISTS

INCREASE SPINAL MOBILITY WITH THE FIRE LINE

DEEPER TWISTS

DEEPER TWISTS & SPINAL MOBILITY: “FIRE LINE”

Do you correlate strength with twisting postures in your yoga practice or is it flexibility that comes to mind first?  There’s no doubt that both strength and flexibility are required for deeper twists; but let’s shine the spotlight on strength as we take a deeper look into how we can unlock our true potential when it comes to the execution of twisting postures in our asana practice.

YOUR INTENTION FOR THE TWIST

Twisting postures in yoga are known for their multitude of benefits.  Let’s understand though, that our intentions behind various twisting postures and the ways in which we execute them have equally varying degrees of benefit vs. harm on our bodies.   We may also have very different intentions/reasons for incorporating twists in our asana practice.  If the approach is to create more of a therapeutic experience, then more gentle twists may be the more appropriate approach to take. If the intent and/or purpose is to work more deeply into a twist then there are ways to heighten the experience with proper awareness and activation (we’ll see this shortly with Matt’s unique approach). Whether there is some level of vulnerability due to injury or not, doing things like pushing through the arms or trying to force more deeply into a twist can in fact cause harm, and this is no doubt never the desired outcome.

 

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Yes, all movements on or off the mat will indeed place varying degrees of pressure on the discs in our spine, and outside of the body’s natural resilience, there are ways in which we can create more integrity to support these movements.  Simply by twisting, we create an increased amount of pressure on the discs of the spine.  At the same time, twists are also the answer when the question is raised about how to increase their health.

Our discs require nourishment and  I love the sponge analogy; the “squeeze and soak effect” when considering how to stimulate this nourishment.  An appropriate twisting action and/or posture can actually help to equalize the pressure in the discs by supplying them with fluid, which allows them to expand, therefore creating more space and shock absorption between each vertebrae.  This allows your spine to react with more resilience when it comes to movements that create more weight, pressure and/or impact in your body.

 Now, Matt’s approach is one that is quite unique and extremely effective.  His approach asks you to bring your focus and awareness to where you can create activations with more intention in order for your body to respond with greater ease into twists. 

WHAT IS THE FIRE LINE?

If you’ve been following and/or practicing with Matt then you are familiar with his “Chromatic Approach” to yoga.  When it comes to the physical practice, we understand this as a systemic approach with a deep awareness of how we move our bodies and progress to a “peak posture”.  Within this, one of the things Matt created/coined is the  idea of  “The Fire Line”, which he describes as a  “Kinesthetic Chain of muscle activation and/or a co-activated line of muscle or co-ordinated muscle engagement of several muscles in order to gain greater access to balance, strength, stability, and  flexibility.

MUSCLES ACTIVATION IN THE FIRE LINE

Matt starts off by explaining that we first bring our attention and awareness to the Serratus Anterior on one side of the body, which then funnels into the external obliques, through the linea alba, then traveling underneath the external obliques on the other side of the body to the internal obliques which then goes down to the opposite hip bone.  

The fire line branches off ‘like a river’ into 2 directions.  The 1st branch goes to the outside of the gluteus maximus down through the IT band and connects to the outer shin. The 2nd branch goes from the inside of the hip, (the iliacus and/or psoas muscle)  which is on the inside of the bowl of your pelvis and attaches right at the inner thigh where it meets the pelvis inside of femoral head (inside of thigh bone). This all travels into the same direction where we find the adductor group which runs at the inside of your leg and some of the muscles in this group attach down at the shin.

We draw a thread of connection all the way through. Through Matt’s dedication to practice and experience with his own body and those of his students, he realized that activating this line will then allow you to execute a variety of different twisting postures with great integrity and ability.

He highlights that the “center of the fire” is right at the core.  We must recognize that the fire goes inward and creates a rounding.  This is key in bringing awareness to rounding through the back of the body by exaggerating a pull back of the ribcage.

With all of this in mind, we can see why strength plays a key role.  Instead of just “dumping” or forcing our bodies into a twist, we very thoughtfully engage the muscles in this Fire Line to more safely and more deeply experience a variety of twisting postures.

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REVOLVED CHAIR POSE

Take a close look at Matt’s deliberate actions in today’s video.  What we see is not only the chromatic approach, the build, the preparation; but we see the activation of the fire line in order to avoid the collapse into Revolved Chair Pose.

When we approach twisting postures with strength as the anchor, not only do we execute twists with more purpose, but overall we feel more empowered in our bodies and our practice.  What a beautiful outcome.

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Article by Trish Curling  @anioyoga

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  • Strength development for mobility and range of motion
  • Learn Postures: Hanumanasana (splits), Extended Side Plank
  • Active and passive mobility for shoulders, hips and spine
  • Increase Spinal Twists, Heart Openers, Shoulder Openers, Hip Openers
  • Find greater ease in seated postures
  • Improve mobility and posture off the mat
  • When and how to do Active, Passive, & Isomentric stretching

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