Difficulties in Cueing the Spine
Common Problems in Alignment Cueing for The Spine
In this lesson, we present cueing considerations for students with various postural conditions.
Become proficient in considerations related to the cues “tuck your tail,” “scoop your tailbone” and “soften your front ribs” plus alternative cue options to meet particular needs.
Describe the typical intention behind the cue “tuck your tail” or “scoop your tailbone” and some potential problems with the cue. Explain the pelvic position that most students are likely to display and why an understanding of rib shear is of importance to yoga teachers. Explain why tucking the pelvis is likely to be an ineffective action for addressing hyperlordosis and provide verbal cues that can help students experience a healthier experience of their natural spinal curves.
Questions Answered Here
- Describe the pelvis and sacrum in a healthy posture.
- What is the typical intention behind the cue “tuck your tail” or “scoop your tailbone?”
- Is the cue appropriate for students who are NOT demonstrating hyperlordosis (an exaggerated low back curve)?
- Describe three potential problems with the cue.
- What pelvic position is most students likely to display and why?
- What is rib thrust or rib shear?
- What consequence of rib shear is important for yoga teachers to be aware of?
- Describe when and why “soften your front ribs” is a better cue to meet postural issues.
- Describe more potential cues for helping students to experience a healthier expression of their natural spinal curves.