Welcome to Form Fridays! Each week we will look at a new position, discuss the proper setup, and key points to remember when utilizing this position during the Karve method of barre (pronounced: bar) fitness. This week is High C Curve with Elena & Paula.
Start by sitting at the edge of your mat with your knees bent and your feet flat on the floor. Hold the front of your knees, then curl back until your arms are completely straight and your feet are still flat on the floor. Tuck your tailbone strongly towards your heels using your lower abs to lengthen your low back, creating a c-shape with your spine. Lift your hands off your knees, bringing them either above your knees or to heart center (as pictured). This is your starting position.
Things To Keep In Mind
Keep your chest open while maintaining a strong tuck in your abs, pulling your navel tight toward your spine, hollowing out your belly.
Avoid hunching your upper body by keeping your shoulders away from your ears at all times.
If at any point, you start to feel your low back compensating, readjust by curling up a little higher.
Make sure your abs are stable before you move into any variations.
Think about lessening the space between your hips bones and your rib cage as you are curling.
Challenge yourself every time by finding the shake in your abs early and working from within it. Always embrace the shake!
About Melanie McKinnon
Melanie McKinnon instructs at Karve Studio Gilbert. She’s also a freelance writer and blogger at MelanieMeditates.com and The Huffington Post. She has a passion for connecting with and encouraging others on their own health and wellness journey.