Friends Don’t Let Friends Over-Tuck Their Tailbones

February 17, 2016    BY Jonina Turzi

"Tuck your tailbone under" is a cue often heard in poses like utkatasana (chair pose) and anjaneyasana (low lunge) to encourage a neutral pelvis. But most students actually end up tipping their pelvis backward when they tuck, which can place unnecessary stress on the lower spine and surrounding muscles. Jonina explains "why not to tuck" in your yoga practice and daily life, and what you should be doing with your sacral area instead.

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Jonina Turzi
Jonina Turzi is a doctor of physical therapy and functional manual therapist trained in craniosacral and visceral manipulation. She obtained her primary yoga instruction through the Himalayan Institute in 2006 and with Elena Brower in 2013-14. In her work as a yoga instructor and movement educator, Jonina is passionate about integrating modern health care and traditional wisdom techniques. Her classes are playful and precise, with a focus on balancing physical and subtle movement in practical... Read more>>