On this post earlier in the week
There was some concern about my sticking my backside out and that this appeared to suggest I was bending from the lower rather than upper back.
Anonymous posted this comment
"Just want to say I love your blog and reading about your journey. However I am concerned about your comment regarding pushing the bum out to create more of a curve in the back. That sounds to me that you are bending ( and crunching ) your lower back too much and potentially stressing it. I was always taught with dropback most of the bend should come from the thoracic spine. Dropping the shoulders ( and scapulae ) is a good idea. I would be more mindful to lengthen rather than bend with your lower back though otherwise you will hurt yourself."
It's a good and important point to make and I was mindfull of it when I dropped back this morning (video above). I too have heard/read that bending from the lower back can be dangerous.
So dropping back this morning I was being very conscious of where I was focusing the bend. It was definitely upper, rather than lower back. The backside thing is misleading. I stick it out (and kind of anchor it.....my butt is an anchor...aweigh Ass : )and then start stretching out and up from there into my upper back bringing my shoulders back and down. Once I feel I've lengthened my back as far as I can, I start to push my hips forward. Rather than bending from the lower back, pushing the hips forward is, as I thought, more of a pivoting action bringing the already formed bend, back and over. I then use gravity to start deepening the backbend further, again mostly upper back as it's activated by bringing my head further back.
* Thanks again for all the comments, suggestions and cautions. I really appreciate them, as I'm sure does anyone else visiting here and working on the same things
Coming up is coming along too. Not focusing on this aspect so much for the the moment. I want to become totally at ease with the dropback first, still, can't resist a little attempt as I'm there.