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My first question is about the cobra posture in the daily recommended stretches:

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Is it okay if I'm doing this posture with my legs positioned like in a push up? (Like in the next picture) I am asking because I feel a better stretch in the ab area this way.

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My second question is about this stretch:

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I don't feel the stretch that much when I position the foot like in the photos. I feel it more when my foot is further forward. Am I just doing the stretch wrong? Thanks

 

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@Driss: re. the cobra: both ways are perfectly fine, and think I mention this later in the book (search for 'suspended cobra').

And talking about the second one, ask a friend to press on the knee pressing in the direction as shown; if you are flexible, you'll need more weight in this one to feel it. But, make sure that your foot is aligned correctly, and your arch is not collapsed (very common adaptation!). The best way is to check and slightly exaggerate the arch alignment by putting a bit more weight on the little toe side of the foot before moving the knee over the toes. Letting the arch collapse will largely defeat the stretch. Do let us know how you go.

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On 5/19/2024 at 11:30 AM, Kit_L said:

And talking about the second one, ask a friend to press on the knee pressing in the direction as shown; if you are flexible, you'll need more weight in this one to feel it. But, make sure that your foot is aligned correctly, and your arch is not collapsed (very common adaptation!). The best way is to check and slightly exaggerate the arch alignment by putting a bit more weight on the little toe side of the foot before moving the knee over the toes. Letting the arch collapse will largely defeat the stretch. Do let us know how you go.

Thank you for the quick response! I think I do fine in terms of keeping the little toe side on the ground. I think my problem is with the heel. I feel a stronger stretch when it's off the ground. And when I try to push it down into the ground like in the photo, the stretch becomes much weaker.

Do you have any thoughts on this? Thanks!

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Yes: do it the way that feels the best to you. All exercise positions are only templates—playing with what you find there is the essence of this system, and that's what you are doing. Keep going.

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4 hours ago, Kit_L said:

Yes: do it the way that feels the best to you. All exercise positions are only templates—playing with what you find there is the essence of this system, and that's what you are doing. Keep going.

Thanks! will do

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