The plurality of postures that are enshrined within some of the most common styles of Yoga, have one common denominator among them, Urdhva Mukha Svanasana (upward facing dog). Rarely taught as an end in itself, its all too common experience is anything but sustained. Most of the time students breeze through it on the way to some other pose. This common transience of the pose has left much of its mechanical contents relatively undiscovered, and therefore susceptible to some oversights that can actually become pathological over the course of time.
Two of most common errors of Upward Dog surround the techniques that sentence the Lower back to stress and injury. The reciprocal muscle groups that control the tilt of the pelvis have to be reeducated concomitantly. This means that it is necessary to maintain muscular control in opposing sides of the body, back and front
The coupling of these two forces re-establishes a concert of movement that will help our practice and bodies, carry forward in a sustainable and safe manner. Some of these movement habits can take time to become proficient in. Sustained effort (abhyasa) is and patience (vairagya) will be great company on this journey.
Patience in allowing the insights to accrue in a natural and organic way will be an indispensable skill.