Should You Contract Or Relax The Glutes In Urdhva Dhanurasana?
In Urdhva Dhanurasana (Upward-Facing Bow Pose or Wheel Pose), it is recommended to engage or contract the glutes to support the lower back and protect the spine. However, it’s important to keep in mind that engaging the glutes doesn’t mean squeezing them too tightly, which can lead to tension in the lower back and hips. Instead, try to activate the glutes while keeping them relaxed to some degree, and focus on lengthening the tailbone towards the knees to prevent overarching in the lower back. As always, it’s best to consult with a qualified yoga teacher to ensure proper alignment and prevent injury.