The Three Tilts

Take a moment to notice right now, even as you continue reading:
What happens to your spine when you tilt your pelvis forward or back?
What happens to your chest when you round your shoulders or roll them back?
What happens to your posture when you hang your head or lift you chin?
The positioning of the pelvis, the shoulders and the head have a huge impact on our yoga poses as well as on our posture in general. Bringing awareness to the way we tend to hold them out of habit, and purposely finding alternative ways of moving them can make a huge difference to our yoga practice and how we move about in daily life. All we need to do is listen inwardly with curiosity and just try it out.
In triangle pose: what changes when I roll the shoulder back?
In forward bend: what happens when I keep the head lifted, or tilt the pelvis?

This type of enquiry is called proprioception and I refer to it all the time in any Kishori Yoga class, because it’s as relevant in Hatha as in Yin Yoga.

The three tilting or hinging points play a crucial role in the freedom of our spine and the range of movement for your shoulders (arms ) and hips (legs) and they give us wonderfully refreshing and liberating focal points to experiment with.

And they are just three of innumerable others, related to rotation, to breathing, to flexing or relaxing, to skin, bone, to the movement of energy and the mind… The more we pay attention, the more we realise the more subtle aspects of what makes a harmonious and enjoyable yoga session.