Sumo Stance

Sumo Stance

Sumo (or Riding) Stance is a Nia base move - one of six stances drawn from the martial arts. Like all stances, this move trains you to draw stability and power from your feet, legs and hips.  Practice by placing your feet parallel, wider than your shoulders and equalizing the weight between the inner and outer edges. Consciously align the bones of your feet along the horizontal plane, legs vertical with a lengthening sensation both down and up. Continue below for Tips and video.


Tip:  Keep your knees and hip joints spring-loaded. Isolate in stillness, then integrate by sinking and rising into your base. Imagine "riding a horse." Tune into your balance, moving your three body weights (pelvis, chest, head) down and up. Research the direction of your tose: in for strength, out for mobility and parallel for stability . Incorporate your arms and hands as you exlplore the power of your sumo stance. 


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