Align your spine! We hear this all the time, but what does it actually mean? Ideally we want to be able to draw one straight line from crown to coccyx. Neck alignment often competes with our overall spinal alignment because we often have the urge to look forward, even when it competes with good form. Practice these steps to find good neck alignment:
- From silverback position look straight ahead. Feel the pinch at the back of your neck? Good! Now let this be your last time.
- From silverback position, tuck your chin slightly and allow your gaze to fall down at the ground in front of your feet. Reach up through your crown as if trying to lengthen your spine out so there’s space between each vertebrae.
- Press your teeth together without clenching and glue your tongue to the roof of your mouth. This may feel strange at first but this is a great way to ensure your neck is in line with your spine.
- If you have trouble keeping neck alignment in silverback, try moving the Clubbells back behind your feet and repeat steps 1-3. The countered weight will make it easier to access this alignment. Gradually you can work into this alignment from silverback.