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Bending forward over one leg, etc

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Bending forward over one leg, etc

In cases where it isn't possible to bend straight forward is it OK to hip hinge to one side over one leg (I've tried it and it feels comfortable and I haven't had any problems maintaining my balance) and if so what is the correct posture for this? It seemed to be intuitive once I learned the correct posture for leaning straight forward. I keep the knee on my forward leg slightly bent so I keep a long line in my back and neck but I don't know if that is correct or even a good idea.

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Absolutely, if you have the balance to do so, you can essentially hip-hinge on one leg.  Bending your knee slightly and externally rotating your standing leg with a kidney bean foot is ideal.  It is very similar to the Warrior III pose Esther shows on page 204 of 8 Steps to a Pain-Free Back.  Sometimes using the inner corset can be helpful for balance and to ensure that you don't distort or sway too much in the back.  Esther and I both do this quite often to quickly get something out of reach.

I hope this is helpful to you.

Warmly,

Charlene Hannibal

Gokhale Method Teacher, Palo Alto and San Francisco

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