The way is the goal – Pelvic stability in standing open twists
Stabilize your pelvis in triangle, halfmoon, extended side angle, gate, gate pose and warrior II pose with these basic movements:
- rotate front upper thigh out
- tuck front leg’s sitting bone under
- push back upper thigh back
- Now the pelvis is stabilized, and you can start turning abdominals, chest and shoulders up.
Why is this pelvis stability so important? Have you ever felt a twinge in your lower back, when turning the trunk up in trikonasana or parshva konasana? Well…then you are turning from your lumbar spine (lower back) 🙁
Short note: the lumbar spine is doing great in extension (going backwards), quite good in flexion (going forward) and going laterally. But it is not meant to turn and twist.