Sep 09, 2010 2:51 AM GMT
I have taken some yoga classes and noticed that in one posture, locust pose, I can not get my arms comfortably on the ground palms down and under my body.
Here is description of the pose.
In the first part of the pose, upper left in the diagram, I can not get my arms rotated with my palms down and have my arms and hands (palms on floor)close to my body. I can only do it when my arms are further away from my body.
As a reference if a T formation of my body has a 90 degree angle between arms and body and a position with my hands down by my side were zero degrees, then I can get my arms to about 45 degrees, with my palms rotated to the floor, anything closer than 45 degrees starts to get tight and zero degrees can be almost painful on one arm. I can get my arms down to my side, I just can't rotate them so the palms and the front of my elbows are flat on the floor.
The instructor actually would prefer that the students have their arms under their bodies with palms down on the floor below the students belly button.
I work out and lift weights and I know I am tight and that is why I am going to yoga.
My question to the more knowledgable members of the forum is
what muscles are probably causing the problem and need the most work in terms of flexiblilty? Is it my biceps, my shoulders or back?