Four Yoga Poses to Help Improve Posture
Are you constantly being reminded that you need to stand up tall or sit up straight? Maybe you've heard "Walk with your shoulders back" and "Keep your head up". Posture is something that everyone struggles with. Improper posture will seriously hurt you in the long run. I don't know about you, but the thought of being old with a hunch-back scares me!
Yoga is used for many reasons: Workout, flexibility, better sleep, optimum health, and especially posture! Below are four yoga poses to help your upper back and neck straighten out.
Mountain Pose (Tadasana)
Believe it or not, this simple pose is one of the most active poses you can do! This pose will help you stand tall. The goal is to align your body with your feet. Along with helping your posture, this pose also steadies your breathing, increases strength, tightens your abdomen, and reduces flat feet. Check out the video below to learn this pose.
Cobra Pose (Bhujangasana)
This particular pose helps strengthen your back, and tighten your stomach. Make sure your thighs and feet stay on the ground in order to obtain maximum results. This pose is great to open your lungs, and improves digestion. The Cobra pose also helps with relieve stress and fatigue. To learn how to properly do the Cobra pose, watch the video below.
Locust Pose (Salabhasana)
This is another awesome pose that will help strengthen out your back. Unlike the Cobra pose, you will raise your feet but keep your thighs on the ground. When you become more familiar with this pose, you will be able to fully extend your arms to grab onto your legs (known as the Bow pose). Here's a video showing how to achieve the proper form.
Hero Pose (Virasana)
If you notice yourself slouching in your chair, this is the pose for you. When you do this pose, imagine yourself as a hero. Imagine sitting on a throne; leading your people into victory. When you slouch, your confidence level actually goes down drastically (yes, your posture affects how you portray yourself!) People may be more respectable towards you when you keep your head up. It shows confidence and bravery. Most importantly, it'll straighten out your neck and back. Check out the video below to learn how to master the hero pose!
Please make sure you talk to your doctor before attempting these poses. If you notice that you're feeling discomfort after performing these exercises, make sure you contact your doctor right away. Stay safe, my friends! Namaste.