Do you kill your back when you have to pick up objects from the floor? Let's try this



The problem

We tend to pick up
objects from
the floor by bending our back. This may be fine if you have a flexible spine, but may also cause you to
feel back pain.

Indeed! Let’s use our joints and have a look at…

A little bit of anatomy and science

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Our feet are connected with our legs, so we want to keep that connection, but also the

space within the ankles, knees, and hips joints.

This is what is going to help us go closer to the ground, also using the power of 

skeleton walk like a princess


earth gravity

We can use the force pulling us towards the center of the earth, and use the opposite force to feel light in the upper body.

And from this, we can practice freeing our joints to go closer to the ground and pick up objects like PRINCESSES. 

Exercise (the steps will be slightly different from the video)

Pick up objects practice
Step 1: Practice with a ball

Start standing, your feet wider that your pelvis, your toes pointing out. 

Keep your head light and free. 

Your feet are grounded. 

Think about your heels sliding back. 

Your knees sliding gently forward (I mean to the sides).

Your sit bones going down, slightly back, with the help of gravity. 

Keep breathing, the spine decompresses, the head is very light. 

You land on your ball. You can take your time, playing with your pelvis moving around.

To come back up, allow your head to fly up, slightly forwards, use your feet spreading on the ground.

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Step 2: Practice with cushions

You can stay with step 1. 

Otherwise, repeat step 1 without a ball, but cushions instead. 

Slowly freeing your ankles, knees, hips, you keep going down. 


The head is still very light on top of the spine. 

Keep checking that your joints are easy. 

Land on your cushions, breathe, notice the weight of your pelvis.

To come back up, allow your head to fly up, slightly forward, use your feet spreading on the ground.

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Step 3: Now you can practice without anything

Simply repeat the same things, freeing your joints, feeling gravity in your pelvis and lightness in your upper body. 

To come back up, always allow your head to fly up, slightly forward, use your feet spreading on the ground.

You can stay in the pose if you want: this is excellent for improving your hips flexibility and for your organs. 

If you are like me, it might feel very uncomfortable. Don’t push or force anything. It is a practice, and go as far as you can with your own body. 

And then you can use this practice to pick up objects from the ground, using your joints rather than killing your back. Exactly: like a princess.

Enjoy and keep moving!

Do you feel better? Don’t hesitate to let me know! It is so important to get grounded and to move.

And always love your body in the process.

Thank you for staying with me, you can always book your private gentle yoga class here!

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