Ever wondered why you get a banana back in headstand/ handstand? Or why your arms cannot extend overhead – arms in line with ears – in your down dog? One of the reasons may be a tight latissimus dorsi. It’s a huge swathe of muscle across your back. Additionally, as the muscle bundles together into a tight tendon, which then twists before inserting into your humerus (upper arm bone), the lats pull the arms down when they are tight. This can be a tough one to learn to elongate, and it tends to overwhelm relatively weaker muscles across the front flank of the body.
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