Yoga for a Healthy Back
By Rita Trieger • April 12th, 2012 • 12574 Views
- Hug both knees into the chest. Keep your legs tucked as you extend both arms out to either side of your body, with palms flat to the floor.
- Lengthen your torso along the floor -- reach the tailbone in one direction and tilt your chin towards your chest a bit as you extend out ward through the crown of your head.
- On an exhalation drop both legs over to the right while keeping both shoulders on the floor. Breathe. Feel the breath moving into the muscles of the back, bringing warmth and releasing any tightness. Hold for three to five breaths, then come back to center and repeat to the other side.
- When you've stretched both sides you can continue to open up the back by continuing to drop the legs from right to left. Move slowly and always with the breath. When you've finished, roll to the right side and push yourself up to a seated position. Take another five breaths then go ahead and enjoy your day.
Learn more about releasing stress and releasing back pain at Scarsdale Yoga Studios, where Rita will be teaching a full range of therapeutics as well as ongoing back relieving workshops.
Rita Trieger is the Director of Marketing and Promotions for Scarsdale Yoga Studios. She teaches therapeutic yoga for cancer and heart patients at Stamford Hospital and is the author of Yoga Heals Your Back (Fairwinds, 2005).
Scarsdale Yoga Studios, LLC is the largest yoga and wellness facility in Westchester County, opening in Spring 2012. It will be the first full-spectrum yoga studio of its kind, offering a wide range of classes, workshops, therapeutic treatments, an organic juice bar and café, and many other amenities in a convenient and accommodating 7,000-square-foot location.