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    #1

    Your buttocks are strained/The buttocks are tensed

    Which phrase is better in yoga context
    Your buttocks are strained
    or The buttocks are tensed

    Then put the body down onto the floor, doing springy movements. The hands are bent in elbows. The buttocks are tensed. Do the exercises 5-7 times.

    Your legs are hips-width apart. Push your heels backwards. The buttocks are strained. The tailbone is firm in place.

    and what about Your legs are hips-width apart
    or your legs hip-width apart

    which one is right?
    Last edited by Alex888999; 19-Feb-2015 at 00:08.

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    Re: Your buttocks are strained/The buttocks are tensed

    I would use "tensed".

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    Re: Your buttocks are strained/The buttocks are tensed

    Strained sounds negative to me. (Not a yoga devotee)

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    Re: Your buttocks are strained/The buttocks are tensed

    It sounds like an injury.

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    Re: Your buttocks are strained/The buttocks are tensed

    I am not sure it it's your knowledge of English that is the problem or your knowledge of anatomy that is the problem.

    Quote Originally Posted by Alex888999 View Post

    Then put the body down onto the floor, doing springy movements.
    I don't know what that means or why anybody would want to do it.

    Quote Originally Posted by Alex888999 View Post
    The hands are bent in elbows.
    It should be:

    The hands are bent at the elbows. (Except they are not. People aren't built that way.)

    Quote Originally Posted by Alex888999 View Post
    Your legs are hips-width apart. Push your heels backwards.
    Say:

    Place your feet hips-width apart.

    As for the other one, I guess the person is supposed to move their feet back, but I'm not sure.

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    Re: Your buttocks are strained/The buttocks are tensed

    I say "hip-width apart" (not "hips-width").

    "Stand with your feet hip-width apart" is a standard instruction in a lot of exercise classes.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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