The Cure

The Cure

Do you ever catch yourself slouching?

My dad used get onto me: “stand up straight son!”

Unfortunately, I didn’t hear him until my back was way out of wack.

The problem with just “standing up straight” is that we fall back into our old habits without noticing. 

Sitting is the number one thing that weakens our spine. 

The lumbar rounds and becomes disengaged. The shoulders come forward.

So it is no wonder why our backs are out of wack when sitting is part of our daily life.

The key is to balance our musculature, so we habitually sit and stand with our spine properly aligned.

It is not enough to “just stand up straight”.

Our back has become weak and our chest and abdomen are contracting too much.

This will naturally pull our spine out of alignment unless we strengthen the spine and stretch the chest open.

The Cure is two part

  1. Strengthen the back muscles.
  2. Stretch the front muscles

Here are 3 Yoga Poses that will do just that: 

Cobra Pose (Beginner)

  • Start with favorite cheek on the mat
  • hands under shoulders
  • press toe nails into the earth
  • Inhale, peel the hand, neck, and shoulders back
  • Breath hear for x9
  • Squeeze the shoulder blades together

Cobra Pose

  • Start with favorite cheek on the mat
  • hands under shoulders
  • press toe nails into the earth
  • Inhale, peel the hand, neck, and shoulders back
  • Breath hear for x9
  • Squeeze the shoulder blades together

Locus Pose (Intermediate)

  • Second favorite cheek on mat
  • interlace hands behind your back
  • plant the tips of your toes
  • imagine someone is pulling your arms straight back
  • breath here x9

Locus Pose

  • Second favorite cheek on mat
  • interlace hands behind your back
  • plant the tips of your toes
  • imagine someone is pulling your arms straight back
  • breath here x9

Bow Pose (Advanced)

  • forehead on the mat
  • bend knees and grab onto your ankles (something solid)
  • kick back and open the heart (kick, kick, kick)
  • Breath here x9 (keep the knees from splaying out)
  • Slowly lower down (do not sling shot out)

Bow Pose

  • forehead on the mat
  • bend knees and grab onto your ankles (something solid)
  • kick back and open the heart (kick, kick, kick)
  • Breath here x9 (keep the knees from splaying out)
  • Slowly lower down (do not sling shot out)

Conclusion

Of course, this exercises require some effort and daily practice. . .

See if you can do three sets for 9 breaths a day.

Choose any combination, 3 sets of cobra, 2 sets of cobra and 1 locus, or 1 of each.

When you do not feel like practicing, just scheduled an appointment.

Thai yoga massage is the perfect way to stretch and recover.

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