This video introduces major differences in structure and support for the shoulder joint compared to the hip joint.
Superficially, this comparison elicits more laughter than serious considerations.
Those of us who have tried, can readily say standing on our hands is more difficult than standing on our feet.
The experience of having spend many years already standing on our feet certainly plays a part in making the foot stand easier.
An other important detail is the size and depth of the hip socket or hip joint. It presents on the one hand a much greater range of support around the top end of the thigh bone, and on the other hand this joint is also firmly build into the pelvis, a major structure of support for the body.
The muscles around the hip joint are large and strong with many years of relative fine-0tuning and strengthening experience.
By contrast, the shoulder joint lacks much of the structural support. The socket is a mere dented small flat area, less than half the size of the end...
Practicing playfully or with curiosity can lead us to try new movements and postures. One group of interesting posture variations are bound postures.
Many bound poses are twisted poses. Depending on your mobility, practicing these can put strain on on your lower back or parts of your shoulder joint.
When done well, binding the arms in some yoga postures can add stability and depth.
Prerequisite steps need to be in place for arm-binding to have a positive impact on yoga practice development, and ultimately the health of your joints, especially the shoulder.
Keep the following steps in mind when you practice any bound postures next.
1 Set a foundation
In standing poses the engagement of the feet and legs creates the stability to keep balance. Additionally, force transmissions from the engaged feet and legs have a stabilizing influence on the hip joints, lower back and sacro-iliac joints.
2 Rotate the spine - twist the torso
Support the spine in trikonasana (triangle pose)...