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Sedentary life is getting people to the doctor faster. Well, no more with these yoga poses!
People say that sitting is the new smoking, and this is making everyone suffer the consequences. The negative impacts of having a sedentary life, particularly now that we are working from home, are many. Not only sitting at your desk will affect your eyes but also your posture, metabolism, anxiety, and more…
Bad posture can lead to serious issues like back pain, cardiovascular issues, digestion issues, and eventually changing the curve of the spine itself, which will create a whole new level of back pain.
Practice these yoga poses to improve your posture:
1- Heart Bench
You will need two yoga blocks, place them making a “T”, The long part of the “T” will rest between your shoulder blades, and the top block that is the top of the “T” will hold your head. Laying back on the blocks, there should be an opening of the chest but no discomfort. Try until you find your sweet spot. Just 3 to 5 minutes in this pose will do.
2- Cow Face Arms
Sitting on the floor, find any comfortable seated position. Lift the right arm skyward, then bend your elbow and reach your right fingers down your back. Wrap the left arm behind your back, left fingers reaching up towards the right fingers. Hold for 5 breaths and switch sides
3- Plank Pose
Spread the fingers wide and bring your feet hip-width distance apart. Press the floor away with the hands and keep all muscles of the legs active – thighs lifting the kneecaps and extending energy through the back heels. Lift your hips to be in line with your shoulders. Keep the core active and hold it for intervals of 30 seconds
4- Camel Pose
Press your palms into your lower back to protect the lumbar spine. Then, press your hips forward, lift your heart, and send your gaze up while keeping the thighs active and the shoulders away from the ears. Hold for three breaths. Then slowly come out.
5- Cobra Pose
Laying on your belly, place your hands beneath the shoulders and spread the fingers wide. Press down to lift the head, neck, and chest off the mat. Squeeze the elbows in tight to the side-body and slightly tuck the chin without putting any strain on the neck. 3 to 4 minutes will do.
6- Wide Leg Forward Fold
From standing, heel-toe your feet wider than hips distance apart – typically about four feet apart, the distance is based on what feels good in your body. Interlace your fingers behind your back and open your chest while you inhale and draw your palms closer together. While you exhale, fold forward and allow your arms to hang up and overhead.