Mountain and Variations
From standing using spinal neutral, raising arms above head (arm floats), using TATD breath to support the trunk and build endurance and strengthen the respiratory diaphragm. This allows therapist to check for lateral shifting, assess limitations in shoulders which effect trunk motion and prepare the patient for more advanced postures.
The capsule test is an informal test used in a clinical screen to help assess the quality of the hip capsule. The test is carried out with the patient in supine and legs extended, passive range of motion of the hip into external and internal rotation is noted. A hip capsule with an empty end feel suggests hip damage, acquired development deformity and/or hypermobility of surrounding joints.
The supine hook lying windshield wiper movement described in this video can be used to identify movement impairments in twisting and rotation of the spine, pelvic girdle, shoulders, hips and knees. This supine movement can bring awareness to the symmetry of movement and can help guide the development of an individualized yoga practice.
Modified Gillet Test in Tree Pose
The purpose of this test is to screen for gliding of the ilium over the sacrum. Testing for sacral dyskinesia and general kinetic movement of the ilium over the sacrum. While palpating PSIS and ILA, the patient lifts ipsilateral hip and ilium should flex and move medially. Reciprocal movement is also tested. The test is positive if no movement is observable as compared to the opposite side.
Triangle pose is a triplanar pose which requires all yogic locks and the ability to move in and out of Chair and Mountain pose. Triangle pose increases hip joint mobility and proprioceptive awareness, thoracolumbar segmental mobility and ribcage elasticity. The therapist can assess arthrokinematics of the shoulder and hip while patient moves into this pose. The quadratus lumborum, psoas and lumbar stabilizers are a just a few of the muscles strengthened in this posture.