Hips and groin
Increased range of motion in the trunk
Hip rotation and lower body strength for more power
Push off power
Let's begin this week's poses.....
Place the ball inline with the mid-line of your body (in alignment with your spine). Revolve the left leg inward, placing the foot at a 90 to 45 degree angle. This position is important for increasing flexibility in the ankles.
Inhale as you draw the navel towards the spine, press the tailbone down to protect the back form arching and lift the ribcage up.
Exhale as your bend your right knee to a 90 degree angle and bring your body to the ball. Imagine that you are squeezing the ball to activate the adductors and quads. Repeat ten times and then extend the arm, as you roll the shoulders back, squeeze the shoulder blades together and hold for a slow count of twenty (or five slow breaths). Switch sides. Repeat three sets for each side.
Place the left foot forward approximately four feet. Align the right foot so it revolves inward at a 90 degree angle. Engage the quadriceps as you press the legs into the ball for stabilization. Activate the adductors and pull the navel towards the spine as you lift he ribcage up!
Position #1: Inhale deeply and lengthen the left side of the body as you stretch over the left leg. Note: pay attention to the alignment of the left knee. If your left hip is tight the left knee will revolve inward. Maintain a straight line from the center of the left knee to the top of the left foot.
Position #2: Exhale as you bring the left hand to the left leg. Focus on the stretch in the lower body.
Position #3: Inhale deeply and as you exhale revolve the ribcage towards the ceiling. Eyes can focus on the floor or towards the ceiling for a more challenging balancing position.
Position #4: Inhale as you come back to the position without the twisting motion, exhale and repeat five times.
Position #5: Now hold the pose for five more breaths.
Switch sides and repeat.
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