The blue color represents muscles which are contracting and the muscles in red are lengthening. This image is shared graciously with permission from BandhaYoga from their book The Key Muscles of Hatha Yoga by Ray Long, MD. To see their amazing YogaAnatomy books, visit their website.
The muscles in blue which are contracting:
1. Left sided Triceps
2. Left sided Hamstrings
3. Left sided Iliopsoas
4. Right sided gluteus maximus
5. Right sided hamstrings
The muscles in red which are lengthening:
1. Right sided Iliopsoas
2. Right sided Quadriceps
This is a great asana posture to stretch the iliopsoas.
Transverse process of L1-L5 and anterior ilieum
•Insertion (2nd attachment site):
Flexes the hip and trunk. Laterally flexes trunk ipsilaterally.
Involved in sit-ups.
This muscle tends to get very tight and shortened in individuals who sit a lot of the day. Most of us would benefit from regularly stretching this muscle.
There are a number of other muscle interactions as well, which will be addressed. Applying out knowledge of functional Anatomy, we gain a deep insight in how to overcome pain conditions of posture and movement.
Physical Therapists who are also trained in Yoga, such as those at Zenergy
PT, utilize their knowledge of Anatomy and Yoga to correct muscle imbalances and
postural dysfunctions using Yoga postures and techniques. There are many other ways to address muscle imbalances as well.
Future blogs will go into more detail about common muscle imbalances and how to treat them using out knowledge of Anatomy, Yoga, and Therapy.
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