Given that the erector spinae run the length of the back and play such a vital role in supporting the spine let’s talk Yoga Tune Up® poses to stretch and awaken these upper and lower back muscles. Stretch the erectors in forward folds like asymmetrical uttanasana (focusing on one side at a time), or apanasana with abdominal contraction where the abdominals engage to release and stretch the back further. Boomerang at the wall with a proprioceptive neuromuscular facilitator (PNF) would totally rock this – especially the iliocostalis. Strengthen and awaken them (seriously do this if you sit at a desk all day) with poses like runner’s lunge with abdominal contraction, cobra at the wall, squat arms up (with block at wall too), and locust minivini (in the video clip below). Mind the erector spinae like you would the gap on the London tube. Don’t understand that? Neither do I.
As a kid Matt Sharpe attempted almost every sport imaginable. As an NCAA Division I athlete he was exposed to almost every training method imaginable. After graduate school Matt found yoga nursing a injury and never looked back. Nothing matched the mental and physical aspects of yoga. Matt uses yoga as a tool to create balance between strengthening and stretching to prepare for whatever life wants to throw into the disco party. YTU was a natural extension to tie together a previous life as an athlete and his 200 hour traditional Yoga Alliance Certification to more fully integrate anatomy and movement into every day life. His classes reflect a mix of traditional principles and poses tied to a strong flow of movement with an easy philosophical approach. Matt is a product manager in Silicon Valley, a traveler, a coffee snob, and an outdoor lover much of which is reflected in his classes.