18Pelvic ImportanceThe pelvis is the very foundation of the skeletal system.The pelvis and spine form one basic central structure.Any strain which occurs in this structure will peak inthe weakest area - commonly the lower lumbar spine.Pelvic mis-alignment will cause both ascending anddescending dysfunctions - upwards through the spinalcolumn (causing strain on spinal vertebrae segmentsin the lower, middle and upper back, and also affectingneck, shoulders and arms), and downwards, through the legs (affecting knees, ankles and feet). Guru Ram Kaur.
19Common Problems Sciatica Misaligned pelvis SI joint instability Lower back painFrozen SI jointWorn femur headsHip immobilityGroin pain
21Remedies for Sciatica in yoga we attempt to stretch piriformus and create space in jointthroughforward bending from hipsw/sit bones on a blanket if necessaryand bent kneesAND strengthening lower back and bringingblood to muscles of hips1. locust/shalabasana w/ dynamic leg widening2. dynamic bridge w/hold at end3. pigeon4. ardha matsyendrasana (seated twist w/ legstraight)
26Assessment of and Remedies for Pelvic Misalignment Pelvic ClockingPelvic clocking is a great way to feel forimbalances.1. lie on back w/bent knees2. imagine a clock under your pelvisw/ navel and pubis3. move pelvis clockwise, touchingall numbers while holding legs stable.MarchingFrom neutral pelvis (hip bones and pubis level)1. bend knees, feet on floor2. lift one foot and then the other3. lift only as far as you can go w/o tilting pelvis
27Additional Suggestions Pilates and Somatics: can be used as warm-upsSee Manual and Handoutsfor Somatics
28Yoga Kapotasana/pigeon Paschimottanasana/seated forward bend Gomukhasana/cow-faced poseBaddha Konasana/bound angleJanu Sirsasna/head to kneein general, balanced tractioning of the pelvisin any pose