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  • Favorite poses
    arm balances
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    chair!! :)
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  1. Thanks for the responses! Larry, I like how I'm probably violating your second point of advice 1) I am always warmed up, and had been doing this in a yoga class near the end. At home I usually follow Candace's videos so I'm warmed up then too. Sometimes I'll do stretches and poses after running, so maybe I'm a little too exhausted to be trying an intense pose like wheel. 2) Anahata: I can definitely not do splits! I've improved flexibility quite a bit over the past year but I'm still fairly inflexible in my hips and hamstrings. I'm trying to work on this every week. Today I tried the "30 minute heart opening feel good yoga flow" which ends with Wheel. This time, it felt better. I did focus on my feet, knees, and elbows being in line and not splayed outward, but the video also had milder back bends earlier on. Maybe my body is warmed up, but not necessarily my spine when I usually practice it. What would you recommend as far as learning/practicing goes? Thank you!
  2. Hello! I was wondering if anyone is familiar with mild pain/tightness around the lower back (centered, feels like my spine) during wheel. I was a (not great) gymnast when I was younger and have never had problems before, but hadn't tried the pose in several years. I practiced at my local studio with instructors, and they said it looked ok (arms in, knees hip-width). It almost feels like my spine can't bend enough? I do know that my hip flexors are tight. Other back bending poses don't cause pain, although I'm not incredibly experienced and may not be doing everything correctly. If it's unclear what I might be doing wrong, does anyone have suggestions for poses that bend your back about the same amount as wheel? I'm trying to figure out if it's my back flexibility that's the problem or just something I'm doing in wheel that I haven't figured out. Thank you Also- I had muscular back pain last year (likely from the tight hip flexors/posture/sitting forever) and had an x-ray and have a totes normal spine!