Know It All: 5 Yoga Poses For Better Body Posture
To better a person’s posture, this article talks about five different yoga poses to help solve that problem.
The practice of yoga stimulates a lot of mind and body benefits that you can enjoy for the rest of your days. Things like strength, stress relief, and flexibility are core benefits that yoga practice can give. Vyda Bielkus, co-founder of a yoga coaching services, said, “Yoga is a great way to unwind from stress or greet the day.”
That’s why it’s best to practice yoga exercises to avoid potential health risks from bad habits like poor posture because it can lead to spine-related problems in the future. To achieve this, you can try yoga poses that open and relaxes your upper and middle back, which helps counteract shoulder slump and helps you stand straighter.
Prevention is better than cure, that’s why preventing health risks now is a must, and improving your posture is one of them. You can do these five stretches in your bed in the morning, in your living room, or even outside.
Standing Forward Bend
This pose can help you stretch your spine and straighten it. By doing this pose, you’re lengthening your spine as you fold towards your feet. Standing Forward Bend works like this:
- Stand on a flat surface with your feet hip-width apart, then grab your elbows with your opposite hand.
- Take a breath then fold your body forward.
- Exhale then release your arms. Flatten your back by taking another breath. Grab your elbows again then fold. Do this exercise about five to ten times.
You can do this pose in the morning after waking up to refresh your body. Any flat surface will do as long as it can support you.
The Cobra Pose is ideal for those who want a much stronger back to support their spine. You can practice this pose in the morning to awaken your muscles. To do this pose do the following:
- Lie on a flat surface and place your hands on the surface while being in a snake-like position.
- Slowly, straighten your arms up and look slightly towards the ceiling. Do this until the limit of your body’s reach. This position is your full extension of the cobra pose.
- Lift your torso a few inches off the floor and hold your position for two to four deep breaths. Repeat this pose two to three times.
Ever felt like you still lack energy even after waking up in your comfortable bed? The fish pose does not only helps your posture but also stimulates energy for the day. That’s why this yoga pose is a perfect activity to do first thing in the morning, after waking up on your bed. The fish pose goes like this:
- Lie flat on your back. It can be any surface, smooth or hard, just as along as it can support you.
- Take a breath and lift your chest above your shoulders.
- Stretch your head back and hold for about two to four breaths. Exhale and repeat two to five times.
The bridge pose offers you relief and a better posture just by straightening your back. You can do this exercise on your bed to feel much more relaxed, but any flat surface will do. To do this pose, follow these steps:
- Lie flat on your back with your knees back, arms by your side and your feet on the floor’s surface.
- Take a deep breath and slowly lift your hips in an upwards manner.
- Hold the pose for about three to four breaths, then slowly lower your hips. Repeat this process two to five times.
This pose is also known as resting pose in yoga. This simple, calming pose can help in the betterment of your posture because of its calming feeling that eases your muscles. The child’s pose is also very easy to do in bed. So if you want to do it in your soft and comfortable mattress, then you can. You can achieve the child’s pose by doing the following:
- Kneel on the surface of your mattress or the floor and allow your big toes to touch it.
- Sit back on your heels and reach your arms out in front of you.
- Bring your arms towards your feet and curl like a tiny yoga ball. Unlike other poses mentioned before, you can hold this pose for as long as you want.
Just like how our bad habits develop over time, our healthy habits also take ample time to build as well. By practicing these yoga poses and exercises, you’re doing your body and future self a favor by not developing various spine-related health risks because of your poor posture. Do at least one yoga exercise a day to have a healthier and better body posture.
For yoga beginners, you don’t have to be afraid to try these postures. Here are more tips for yoga beginners.