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REVERSE PLANK POSE
Asymmetry is a common issue when it comes to our asana practice. Opportunities to work on strengthening muscles in the back body are much more infrequent than opportunities to strengthen our front body. Improving mobility and strength in the shoulders for a posture like Reverse Plank has a direct influence on strengthening the back body. Reverse Plank is a posture that is easily neglected, but as Matt stresses in today’s video, it’s probably one of the most important postures we can include in our asana practice.
It’s easy to spend a considerable amount of time in Plank Pose and/or use it as a transition in a given asana practice, but we don’t necessarily flip it very often. Flipping the pose upside down and incorporating Reverse Plank into our practice can create extremely therapeutic effects.
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If you spend a lot of time with a rounded spine, it’s easy to default into that shape on a regular basis. Even if you attempt to offset your body positioning to open up the chest and come into a more upright or even a backbend position, it can feel abnormal and/or hard to sustain. When this is the case, it can lead to things like chronic neck and back pain.
In the very first class from the Shoulder Mobility immersion, Matt explains about how the muscles of the back body are commonly underused. We can see this not only in our yoga practice but also in everyday activities off of the yoga mat. Increasing attention and action in this area of the body can help us reap the therapeutic benefits that are available.
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WHY BACK STRENGTH IS IMPORTANT
Seems like common sense to know that any type of strength development in the body is not only important but essential. Unfortunately, we don’t always seek or develop balanced strength within our bodies when it comes to our asana practice. It’s human nature to resist things that bring challenge, and engaging the muscles in the back body can be tiring and difficult. The action of drawing the shoulder blades together feels good because it offsets forward shoulder-rounding and increases the stretch in the pectoral muscles. The pectoral muscles spend a lot of time in a shortened position, so retraction of the scapulae in poses like Reverse Plank creates the desired length and stretch in the front body.
Retraction of the scapulae will help strengthen the rhomboid muscles and the middle fibers of the trapezius. This is important because it informs the quality of your daily posture.
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HAND VARIATIONS IN REVERSE PLANK
In the video, Matt offers both reverse side plank and reverse table top. Within the exploration of these variations, you’ll find different ways to place your hands. The reason why this is so important is because a specific hand position might be more suitable for your current state of shoulder mobility. It also provides opportunities for you to retract the scapula from both internal and external rotation of the upper arm bones (humerus). This can help with a better understanding of how to isolate the area of the rhomboids and trapezius. Specific actions like pulling the hands towards one another and/or apart can help to activate the rear deltoids as well.
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