Do you suffer from back pain? Do you sit at a desk or in your car all day? Then this may be just the routine you need! Many traditional yoga practices include an overemphasis on the forward flexion movement of the spine, which can actually exacerbate certain back issues. But the gentle practice in this video focuses on extension poses that build strength and flexibility throughout the body to support and protect the spine.
Of course, not all exercises are suitable for everyone. If you are working with a specific back injury, be sure to get your doctor and/or physical therapist’s approval before attempting this workout. If you suffer from back pain regularly, be sure to consult a professional for an expert diagnosis.
For a full video workout with more moves like these, be sure to check out our professionally produced “Yoga Stretch for Beginners and Beyond” DVD, which features two complete 30-minute AM and PM practices (filmed outdoors in sunny Miami) to help you build a foundation of strength and stamina while deeply stretching and releasing tight, sore muscles.
Please let me know if you tried the routine in the comments below and let me know which pose you enjoyed the most!
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