As mentioned in my previous article, YTU Sidewinder exercise is unbelieveably great for the QL.
This pose laterally extends and flexes the spine, broadens the ribcage, and awakens the whole torso. Sidewinder strengthens the obliques and the quadratus lomborum and releases the tissues of the intercostal muscles, those tiny little muscles between the ribs, that tend to be ignored. The blood vessels, nerves and connective tissues receive a blast of new oxygen, helping to clean out disease or chronic tension and stress in the muscles. I love teaching and practicing this pose because it warms up the whole body. Oh, and did I mention you get to lie down on your back on a soft, comfy blanket while doing this exercise? Yes, you do. You are completely supported on the earth as your body does the work it needs to do. Try this one with your friends and family and see how much fun you have while tuning up your body!
P.S. I can’t sign off without mentioning Sidewinder-Tantrum Variation. Yes, you read that correctly. All the benefits of traditional Sidewinder with permission to have tantrum. I speak from experience. This is a GREAT stress reliever. In fact I love it so much that I’ve included it below. Enjoy tuning up.