Again we begin by organising our standing so that we are lengthened and poised (see standing blog).
Digging, like lifting, requires bending at ankles, knees and hips while keeping our lengthened head, neck, back organisation (see photograph below left). This makes the process of digging less strenuous. Compare this with the photograph on the right where although the knees are bent, I am bending forwards and down by bending the back and also tensing my neck as I need more effort to push the spade into the ground. This is potentially hazardous to my neck, and back.