Yoga is a gentle practice consisting of poses and exercises combined with breathing techniques which helps stretch and strengthen our body’s muscles helping improve our flexibility and mobility.

Although working from home gave us the chance to work in the leisure of our own homes, all the makeshift desks definitely messed up our backs.

Whether you live with chronic pain or just want to stretch and strengthen your back, give the following poses a try.

DOWNWARD FACING DOG (ADHO MUKHO SVANASANA) : The most widely recognized & the quintessential Yoga pose, the Downward Facing Dog is an inversion asana which uses your arm and leg strength to completely stretch out the spine. This asana releases the tension in your hamstrings, calves, hips, lower and mid back while building strength, increasing flexibility & relieving back pain.

CAT & COW POSE (MARJARIASANA & BITILASANA) : The Cat & Cow pose is a gentle flow between 2 poses that warms the body and brings flexibility to the spine. It stretches the back torso and neck & is said to improve posture and balance which is ideal for people with back pain.

LOCUST POSE (SHALABASANA) : Also known as the Grasshopper pose, this is a prone back bending exercise. It takes quite a remarkable effort to lift the body off the floor & stay there for a few breaths; this helps prepare beginners for deeper backbends. This asana helps strengthen the core & the back torso, legs and arms.

WARRIOR POSE (VIRBHADRASANA): Named after Virbhadra, a mythical warrior; commemorating his exploits, the Warrior poses are a group of lunging, standing and balancing asanas which strengthen the arms, shoulders, legs and the entire backside of the body. It improves stability, good circulation, balance and focus.

CHILD’S POSE (BALASANA) : A kneeling asana also called the Child’s Resting pose, Balasana is a beginners Yoga pose which helps stretch the muscles of the lower back and the inner thighs. Great for helping calm the mind while relieving  fatigue and stress. This pose helps lengthen and stretch the spine and promotes flexibility and openness in the lower back. This works wonderfully in relieving sciatic pains.

If you are reading this right now, please take a moment… & straighten your back!!

Happy Stretching!

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