Back Care Tips #1... for Every BODY
The natural curves of our spine are so important to maintain, especially as we age. A slight inward curve of the lower back (lumbar spine), a slight outward curve of the middle back (thoracic spine), and a slight inward curve of the neck (cervical spine). These natural curves help absorb shock for optimal spinal health.
Many medical professionals are beginning to recommend Yoga practices over medication for the treatment of temporary or chronic back pain. A tension releasing, strength building Yoga practice may be just what you need. You have nothing to lose so give it a try! Find the JOY of pain free movement..
Let's begin with Reclined Pigeon Pose and we will add more coming up in this Blog
1. Come onto your back with your knees bent and your thighs parallel and hip-distance apart. Next, cross your left ankle over your right thigh. Flex your front foot by pulling your toes back to prevent a sickle shape, which can stress the ligaments of the ankle and the knee.
2. Maintaining this alignment, pull your right knee in toward your chest, thread your left arm through the triangle between your legs and clasp your hands around the back of your right leg or use a belt between the hands to create more length and comfort.
3. Try to release any tension in the neck and shoulders as you hold this pose for five to seven breaths. If you would like to seek a deeper sensation in this pose, try releasing your pubic bone down away from your navel on the floor. This will bring a bit more curve into your lower back/lumbar and should deepen the stretch.