Regardless of whether you’re praying 8 or 20 rakah of tarawih, fatigue can set in. Upper and mid backs start to feel overworked, low backs starts to ache, arches of the feet collapse, shoulders fall forward creating neck and upper trap tension, knees hyperextend, and positions of discomfort are held for longer than desired. Do this day after day and fatigue can start to set in earlier and earlier making the act of prayer feel more like an uncomfortable workout than a spiritually rejuvenating experience.
However, a great alignment and movement strategy can be utilized by engaging some of the body’s power players to restore optimal joint position, providing biomechanical efficiency and reduced strain. The way we move air in and out of our body and the muscles we move them with are the biggest contributors to our levels of “tightness”, stiffness, movement variability and degrees of freedom. Through autonomic and neuromuscular regulation, we can quickly change where our aches are felt and how comfortable we are standing, bowing, kneeling and reflecting.
The center of our body is the foundation of the house. When positional control is lost, odd aches and pains are felt. By engaging in a HARD exhale before and while entering rukoo, we restore position and control of our foundation through our diaphragm, its zone of apposition and the deep lateral abdominals. This isn’t the type of exhale you’d use to blow a mosquito off your arm. It’s the type of exhale you’d use to blow a bald eagle off. Hard, like your’e trying to blow a birthday candle out thats 15 feet away. Only with force can you recruit the musculature necessary to restore axial position and line all your joints up in a manner where muscles no longer operate under poor length tension relationships and joints don’t compress.
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