5 Yoga Poses That Could Save Your Back
Yoga has been gaining in popularity in recent years, and for good reason. It can improve strength, flexibility, and peace of mind.
Below are five great yoga poses that hit your back for improved strength, flexibility, and posture.
(As usual, consult a physician and/or personal trainer before starting an exercise program.)
Upward Facing Dog
To get into the upward dog pose, start at the top of a push-up position. Then lower your upper body to the ground and push forward, keeping your hands in the same position.
You'll be looking up and getting a really good stretch in your lower back.
Sit upright with your legs crossed, facing forward. Then twist your upper body to the left, looking over your left shoulder. Your left hand should be beside you for support while your right hand rests outside your left thigh.
Then repeat, twisting to your right.
The cat and cow poses are great for a stiff back.
Start out on your hands and knees. For the cow pose, lift your head and lower your back.
Then to go straight into cat, put your head down and arch your back like a cat.
Switch back and forth a few times for full effect.
These poses are great to do at any time.
For the plow pose, start by lying flat on your back. Then lift your legs straight into the air so that you are resting on your head, shoulders, and elbows (your hands can support your back.)
Then slowly drop your legs down to the floor, over your body.
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