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Whether it’s an injury or because we are in a society that spends too much time behind a desk, we all get back pain sometimes.
Below, I list the how and why behind the poses I do in this video:
Sit in easy pose and twist. Then, extend the legs forward. Cross one leg over the other and twist. These twists will work the spine and warm up the muscles along the back.
From child’s pose, lift the hips while walking the hands out in front of you. This is a great shoulder opener.
Move with the breath. Inhale and look to the sky, dropping the belly towards the floor. Exhale and round the back, looking down to the floor. It’s also nice to turn and look at one hip and then the other. Also, move the torso and hips in circles, breathing deeply and working out the kinks in the back. This pose is great for loosening up the entire back and your sides.
Downward Facing Dog:
Peddle the feet and open the back, shoulders, and hips.
It is nice to step the top toes back and move into a back bend from Side Plank Pose.
This pose opens the chest and back.
Is a great opener for the lower back.
Ankle to Knee:
Walk the hands out and fold over the bent legs, rounding the back. This pose is great for the lower back and, if you round the back a lot, it’s great for the shoulders, too.
I like to put a pillow or even a rolled up yoga mat under the small of my back and lay back on it. Keep the feet together, creating a diamond shape with the legs, and recline back on the pillow. This is a great back and hip opener.
Take the best and leave the rest. I hope these poses help you.
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Author: Stacy Porter
Editor: Renee Picard
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