It is highly important that we maintain the mobility and flexibility of our body, because if we don’t we might start experiencing a large number of impairing conditions.
The most common condition from lack of mobility and living an unhealthy lifestyle is back pain. It often results from poor posture and balance, as well as muscle imbalances which contribute to muscle weakness.
However, these conditions can all be fixed through practicing a few incredible yoga poses. Down below are 8 amazing yoga poses that will help you relieve back pain:
- Butterfly Pose
Sit on the mat with your knees bent and your hands on the mat. Join the soles of your feet and open the knees towards the sides. Try to bring them closer to the ground and you will feel the stretch in your inner thighs.
- Low Lunge
Start in a runner’s lunge by placing the right foot forward and your hands on the sides. Lower the chin and the back knee to the ground while elevating your arms and chest and placing your hands on the front thigh. Engage your abs, but don’t arch your back. Raise your hands over your head and bend forward for an even deeper stretch. Stay in this position for 30 seconds.
- Crescent Lunge
Again start in a runner’s lunge with your knees raised, then slowly start bringing your hands toward the front thigh. Lower your hips as you move toward the front of the mat, then place the arms overhead and engage the abs. Lengthen your back leg and hold this position for 30 seconds on each side.
- Happy Baby Pose
Lie down on the ground and pull your knees toward your chest, and your hands on the inner side of the feet. Make sure your knees are wider than shoulder-width apart. Once in position, press the back on the mat and the feet in the hands, pull on the feet to create resistance, breathe deeply and hold the position for 30 seconds.
- Thread the Needle
Again, lie on your back and bend your knees and keep the feet flat on the mat. Your right ankle should be placed over the left one in order to make the number “4”. Rest your hips on the mat while you press your lower back on the mat, and pull your left knee towards your chest, passing the right hand between the legs.
- Frog Pose
Get down on all fours and place the hands under the shoulder and the knees on the mat. Start to slowly widen your knees, but keep the feet and ankles on the floor, and your ankles aligned with your knees. Next lower your forearms and hold this position for 30 seconds.
- Half Pigeon Pose
Again, start off in a runner’s lunge and lace the right foot forward while your hands are on the sides of the mat. Next, slide the right foot above toward the left hand, and move your knee to the right, Place the outer part of the calf parallel to the mat, then slowly lower the chin and the back towards the ground. For a deeper stretch lower further down, and hold 30 seconds.
- Double Pigeon Pose
Sit on the mat with your legs crossed, and place the left leg in front. Next gently place your left ankle above the right knee with the hands and if your hips are tight, raise your right knee a bit. For a more intense stretch, move your hands forward and hold the position for 30 seconds.