Stretch with Michele Bendy “For the Traveling Competing Dancer”

Michele Bendy On her flight to Ecuador

Michele Bendy On her flight to Ecuador

Do you travel often? Do you feel it throws off your commitment to stretch and condition your body? Does traveling take a toll on your body?

This article is dedicated to the Ambitious Competing Traveling Dancer.

I’ve been traveling for about a week now in Ecuador.  I’m TERRIBLY SORRY it took me forever to get this out but I don’t always have access to wifi especially in the Amazon.  It’s been a WONDERFUL journey traveling all over the country.  Although, it’s BEAUTIFUL to see these quite charming cities and towns but my back was suffering from being in the same position.  Six hours on the plane to Ecuador 4 hours to the Amazon 6 hours to another city you catch my drift.  I could not possibly ask the pilot or the tour guide to make a pit stop because Michele Bendy needed a BENDY BENDY session.  So what helped me tremendously was this seated hip stretch.  You dancers who travel all over the country all over the world competing this pose is for you.

In your seated position lengthen the spine through the crown of the head.  Engage abdominal muscles pull towards the spine.  Place the right ankle slightly above the left knee.  Flex the right foot to protect the knee.  Continue sitting nice and tall with the spine erect and ridge.  Activate the right leg by flexing the foot and begin to pull the right knee towards floor.  Continue elongating the spine and fold at the hips.  As your fold over the thighs extend the sternum forward.  Repeat with your left leg.

Stretch until you feel a gentle stretch.  Never go beyond your limit.  Hold the stretch in that position.  And mostly importantly BREATHE.

Quote By Expert Michele Bendy 
“Stretching shouldn’t be bad pain it should PRODUCTIVE PAIN”

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Michele Bendy in a Bridge

Michele Bendy in a Bridge

The Bridge is an advanced Position.  It should be performed after warming up core and back muscles.  Strong abdominal and back muscles are prerequisites to a proper bridge.  Along with strengthening core and back muscles lower back flexibility hip flexor and shoulder mobility are essential to reach a full bridge.

Lie on you back facing up.  Bend your knees with feet flat on the ground with heels a few inches away from your sitting bones.  Bend your arms with elbows pointing the ceiling.  Plant the hands beside your ears with fingers facing your shoulders.  Press your feet and hands firmly into the floor.  Pinch your shoulder blades and expand chest.  Lift the tailbone towards the pubis.  Exhale lift your head off the floor and straighten your arms as much as possible.  If you lack shoulder mobility or strength you may remain on the crown of the  head.
It is imperative that your work on hip and shoulder mobility.  Tight hip flexors and shoulders cause the back to do all the work.  Using a few vertebral joints as oppose to stretching the entire spine may lead to joint inflammation.  Please equally distribute mobility.
Quote from the expert Michele Bendy
What can I say a Bridge can also be a dance move only a better reason to make it look gangster!!! So Practice!!!

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Michele Bendy assisting Mike Fresh From the Supreme Beings Crew

Michele Bendy assisting Mike Fresh From the Supreme Beings Crewe

Image above can only be done by a professional. So in other words don’t try this on your friends PLEASE !!

The Cobra pose is our focus of the week it is said that it has healing powers in alleviating, stress and depression. If you’re a resident of any city this is definitely a great pose to practice to just get through the day. It also relieves discomfort in the neck, muscles in the back and abdomen. So lets get snakey in this multi-beneficial pose.

Proper Form

To start lay on your stomach facing down. Legs fully stretched back with tops of the feet flat on the ground. Splay hands planting below shoulders and hug your elbows into the body.Press the tops of the feet into the floor engaging thighs and firming buttocks. Firmly press your hands into the floor and begin to straighten your arms. Lift torso off the floor, keeping pubic bone pelvis resting on the floor. Important to keep elbows pinned to the body. Continue pressing the tops of the feet into floor and engaging thighs along with gluteal muscles. Evenly bend the entire spine, engage abdominal muscles to support and protect lower back.  Press upper spine against chest. This poses stretches intercostal muscles (between ribs) maximizing the capacity of your lungs. Hold pose for 15 to 30 seconds

 

Quote from the expert Michele Bendy
“The challenge is getting on that mat and getting on that dance floor…the easy part is the PRACTICE and so is the DANCE”

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MIchele Bendy Demonstrating Standing Forward Fold  David Demonstrating seated Forward Fold.

MIchele Bendy Demonstrating Standing Forward Fold
David Demonstrating seated Forward Fold.

Image above is demonstrated by two professionals, please don’t stand on one another.

Bendy forward folds time!!!!

Forward folds should be in your daily stretching routine for it’s ability to length the spine, stretch back muscles and hamstrings. It also massages the internal organs, especially the digestive organs, relieving digestive problems such as constipation. Lastly it invigorates the nervous system providing vital energy for your dancing. So have fun bending in half, it’s totally cool our bodies can do that.

Standing Forward Fold

From a standing position fold forward from the hips. As you fold forward lengthen the front torso. Straighten your legs as much as you can engaging thighs pressing the backs of the knees against the back wall. With every inhalation lengthen your spine; with every exhalation surrender fully into the forward fold.

Seated Forward Fold

From a seated position fold forward from the hips. As you fold forward lengthen the front torso. Straighten your legs as much as possible. Engaging thighs and flexing feet. Pressing the backs of the knees against the floor. As you start to hinge at the hips get the tip of nose to touch your toes so that you don’t the lengthening of the spine. With every inhalation lengthen your spine; with every exhalation surrender fully into the

Quote from the expert Michele Bendy

When I wake up in the morning I tell myself it’s showtime and I train and I train hard because tomorrow is not granted so I live for the day.