Introduction to Pilates for People with Spinal Fusions

Focus Exercise Video SF: Puppy Pose

This video is one of the focus exercises for the week.  Try to repeat it 2-3 times before our next class together.

Puppy Pose, or Uttana shishosana, is a wonderful yoga pose to feel length in the torso and a deep hip crease. In addition, breathing in this prone like position is a marvelous opportunity to expand the back ribs and open the lungs, which may be especially helpful to people with a flattened thoracic spine. For some people with spinal fusions, Puppy pose may serve as an alternative to Child’s pose (Adho mukha virasana). There are many variations of this pose.

Tips and tricks:
⭐ If you use a block at the forehead make sure the neck is elongated in the front and back. This may require higher or lower support, depending upon your needs.
⭐ Folding the mat and pushing it away from you activates the arms and the torso to create more axial elongation.
⭐ Pulling the edges of the mat apart, spins the upper arm bones into external rotation and creates more global expansion.
⭐ You can also fold your arms and place your hands, one on top of another, to rest your forehead for a more restorative version of this pose.

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