As Newnan’s best local chiropractor, we are spending the month of May celebrating Proper Posture Month! If you are already a patient of ours, you know how important it is for your heath to practice proper posture, and yoga can help! Here’s how:
Yoga for Improved Posture
Take a moment and consider just how much time you spend hunched over your cell phone or a computer screen. That alone should be enough to make you consider your posture! Poor posture is one of the top reasons we end up treating patients that are suffering from stiff muscles and back pain, and there are steps you can take to make improvements.
If you’ve ever practiced yoga before or have read anything about it, you already know that it is great for improving many aspects of your health, and it can also improve the health of your spine. There are quite a few yoga poses that can work to help improve your posture.
Yoga Poses for Spinal Health
Crescent Pose: To begin the crescent pose, start as if you are about to do a forward lunch. Place your right foot flat on the ground facing forward with your left foot on the ball of the foot as if you are about yo lunge into a run. Then raise both arms up to the ceiling as far as you can. Slowly lower your back knee until it just touches the floor. Raise yourself up slowly, and repeat for more times on each leg. You will feel your back elongate as you practice this pose.
Side Arm Balance Pose: The Side Arm Balance Pose helps to stabilize shoulder movement, while strengthening the muscles that support the back and neck. Start in a plank position, then shift your weight onto your right arm and and roll into a side plank. Flex both of your feet and keep them flexed as you place your left foot on top of your right foot. Keep your legs straight and raise your left arm up to the ceiling, allowing your gaze to follow. Take five deep breaths, then roll back to the starting plank position and repeat on the other side as many times as you feel comfortable and able.
For more suggestions on exercises you can do to improve your posture, just ask us during your next chiropractic adjustment. Click here to book online so we can help you feel your best!