This is one of my favorite dance conditioning sequences that I developed to challenge balance, core and coordination. Using a small pilates ball increases the level of difficulty to maintain the lines in the lower limb and spine. Breath control and ease of movement are all challenged here. This exercise prepares for choreography and provides musicality that gets you out of your head and back into your body.

In one exercise, the following will be developed and challenged:

1. Dynamic core stability
2. Ability to move in neutral spinal alignment
3. Strong leg lines
4. Controlled, graceful ports de bras
5. Diaphragmatic breath without compromising transverse abdominus engagement
6. Thoracic extension
7. Lumbopelvic stability
8. Pelvic floor activation and endurance (hello!)
9.Musicality

And most importantly,

You are conditioning while you dance.

Dance gets you out of your head and back to your body so you can begin again.

You don’t have to be a dancer to try this out.

What dance skills do you think this will prepare you for?

Here are 2:
1. Barrel turns
2. Side tilts

Comment below to add to the list.

Step one: Stop cheating in your alignment

The iliopsoas muscle is the deep hip flexor muscle that attaches to your low back (lumbar spine) and deep into your hip (femoral head). This muscle gets tight from overuse from sitting and physical activity. When this tight is chronically tight, your abdominal muscles are unable to stabilize your spine for posture and you can potentially develop chronic low back pain, hip pain and even pain or numbness and tingling down your leg! Tight psoas muscles are a common issue that I treat in my office.

I would argue that most people don’t know how to isolate this muscle to stretch it. Watch this video to learn my simple and easy tip to relieve strain and tension.

If you found this video useful, you can find more tips on my twitter/instagram @drblessyl and Facebook!

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