Spinal Tap: Ironing Out Your Posture Problems With Yoga

by Nisha Gulati

Let’s face it, most people have sedentary desk jobs that train their spines to stay rounded and weak, creating an unsightly hunch back, naturally permitting the chest to collapse inwards and making one appear short and heavier.

A strong and healthy spine not only corrects your alignment and improves your posture, but it significantly reduces the risk of injuries by strengthening your mid-section along with your core.

With that in mind, indulge in these yoga asanas on a daily basis to keep your spine limber and flexible, and bounce-back from those back injuries, spasms, and pulls that could be hampering your full-range of motion and causing muscle soreness.

Ardha Chandrasana, Or The Half Moon Pose 
Step 1:
 Stand with your feet together, heels and toes touching.
Step 2: Contract your legs and hips, keep your chest lifted, spine straight, shoulders rotated and back relaxed.
Step 3: Move your right hand forward—a few inches from the toes of your right leg, exhale and press your right hand and right heel into the floor for balance.
Step 4: Lift your left leg parallel to the floor.
Step 5: Raise your left hand. It should be aligned with your right hand. Bear your weight on the right leg. Look up at your fingers. Stay in this pose for a few seconds.

Urdhva DhanurasanaCharkrasana, Or The Wheel Pose
Step 1:
 Lie down on your back. Bend your knees and grab your ankles. Bring your ankles in as close as you can to the sides of your glutes.
Step 2: Now, place your palms in line with your ears, fingers pointing towards your toes.
Step 3: Inhale as you slowly lift your chest and stomach up towards the ceiling, be sure to keep your elbows locked, buttocks tight, and legs parallel and feet flat on the ground.
Step 4: Keep your gaze on the tip of your nose, hold for five breaths, slowly exit and repeat.

PS: Be sure to be properly warmed up before practicing this pose. After practicing any backward bending exercise, it is important to follow it up with a forward bend. Paschimottanasana, or the seated forward bend is a good stretch to practice after this pose.

On an end note, understand that The Right Posture Is Of Utmost Importance In Fitness, which is why you must engage in core workouts, back strengthening exercises, and relaxing stretches for the spine.

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