If you ever feel achy or tight in your back from too much sitting, standing or lifting (and let’s face it who doesn’t feel like this sometimes!) here are 5 movements that you can do to look after your spine and feel revitalised 🌟
🌟Extension🌟 any movement that lifts and opens your spine backwards. Example postures: camel pose (below) cobra, cow.
🌟Lateral Flexion🌟 any side bending stretch. Example postures: side bends standing or seated (below) triangle.
🌟Rotation🌟 any twisting posture where you rotate from your waist. Example postures: lying twist (below) twisted chair, forward fold twist.
🌟Axial Extension🌟 this could be the movement type that makes you feel the best. Any movement where you lift and lengthen through your neutral spine alignment, to find space here. Example postures: extended mountain, downward dog, any seated pose where you find length in your spine.
🌟Flexion🌟 I have put this last as we spend a lot of our time rounding our spine, however it can be very beneficial to work with gravity to flex the spine, finding space in the back of your body. It can also be useful for countering the extension postures.
If you would like to try some of these movements and more, we will be working on spine lengthening and strengthening in this week’s class.
See you on the mat 🧘♀️