05 Dec 2016 » Hip alignment in backbends
When you look at photos of people in super-deep backbends (basically any pose where the feet touch the back of the head), it often looks like they have a sharp 90 degree kink in their lower back. It looks that way because they do: they have a hyper-mobile lower back. That certainly is advantageous for deep backbends, but it is not something you want to emulate if your back doesn't do that naturally, because it is an almost guaranteed path to severe lower back pain for the average body.
Instead, in order for mere mortals like us to deepen our backbends, we need to focus on opening everything else, which includes the upper back and the shoulders (next week's theme), and the hips.
About Gernot Huber
Yoga teacher Gernot Huber is based in Chiang Mai, Thailand, and teaches drop-in classes, workshops, and private classes primarily using Anusara and Iyengar yoga techniques. He teaches private classes at his own small studio, Yoga Mind Yoga Body, and public drop-in classes at Chiang Mai's two premier studios, Wild Rose Yoga Studio and The Yoga Tree.
Schedule for Dec 5-11.
|Mon||9 am||Yoga Foundations||Yoga Tree|
|Tue||10 am||Vigorous Yoga||Wild Rose|
|Wed||10:45 am||Yoga Explorations||Yoga Tree||Thu||6 pm||Vigorous Yoga||Wild Rose|
|Fri||10:45 am||Yoga Foundations||Yoga Tree|
Price: 250THB per class, discount with multi-class pass. No reservation required.
Book a private class to have Gernot tailor his teaching entirely to your needs. Whether you are a beginner and don't feel ready for a group class, want to work on specific poses or personal challenges, or want an expert eye to check your alignment and technique and bring to light detrimental habits, a private class with a dedicated and knowledgable teacher is a great way to deepen your practice. Contact Gernot to make a reservation.
- Price: 1600THB/hour for one person, 200THB/hour for each additional person
- Availability: Mon - Sun by appointment