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Spot the Difference

In mind-body exercise, it’s the little things that count. Making sure to use proper form helps you gain the most from the body work you’re doing. In this edition of Spot the Difference, Lead Instructor Trainer Rie Sakamoto demonstrates the Mermaid pose.

Question: Which is the proper position?

Photo A

Photo B

Answer: Photo B

Why?

Good form

The essence of this exercise is scapulae stability with mobility, lateral flexion of the spine as the ribs stay aligned with the hips and maintaining a forward gaze.

Poor form

Watch out for dominance in the pushing arm, the spine lengthening to a side plank position instead of lateral flexion, the head moving forward of the arms, and too much shoulder elevation with a downward gaze.

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