Shyft Yoga Trainer
CORONAL PLANE with respect to spinal movement. Lateral bends are not that common in our daily lives, yet there are incredible benefits that can be gained from that movement. BENEFITS- Improved lung capacity, increased spinal mobility, better body symmetry and better range of motion in the shoulders and hips. By bending sideways we alternately stretch and contract the lateral structures of the torso and facilitate deeper breathing by stretching intercostal muscles and expanding the ribcage. Lateral bending also helps to create more balance between the right and left sides of the body by working with each side individually. ALIGNMENT - To be able to reap those benefits one needs to make sure that we engage in “pure” side bending, instead of leaning forward and rotating the body. The trick is to keep the body and spine in one plane and to control the positioning of the pelvis and shoulders. *NOTE- You cannot reduce side fat by lateral bends. Spot reduction is a myth.