Should I Hug My Elbows Into The Ribs In Chaturanga?
- Hugging your elbows into your ribs during Chaturanga (also known as Four-Limbed Staff Pose) is a common cue given by many yoga instructors, but it is not a necessary or appropriate cue for everyone.
- For some people, hugging the elbows into the ribs can help engage the core muscles and provide more stability and support for the shoulders and upper body. However, for others, this cue can actually cause unnecessary strain and tension in the shoulders and upper back.
- It is important to remember that everyone’s body is different, and what works for one person may not work for another. Instead of focusing on hugging the elbows into the ribs, try to focus on engaging the core muscles and keeping the shoulders away from the ears.
- It can also be helpful to modify Chaturanga by dropping the knees to the ground, or by lowering all the way to the ground and then lifting into Upward-Facing Dog or Cobra Pose. This can help reduce strain and tension in the shoulders and upper back, and allow you to focus on building strength and stability gradually over time.