What’s Inside? –
- Poor posture can cost you
- How yoga can help and yoga poses to try
- Learn all this and more at Hith Yoga Studio
Bending Back – How Poor Posture Can Cost You
Whether it be being chained to our desks, hunching over our screens, or simply the lack of exercise and movement, it is not wrong to say that most of us may be suffering from some posture-related issues. A good posture is not just required to help us look lean and taller – the body’s correct alignment is important to its correct functioning, and poor posture can have far-reaching negative impacts including –
- Discomfort, strain, pain and tension in the back, shoulders, and neck region
- Poor posture can also put pressure on the circulatory system, reducing its capacity to supply blood, nutrients, and oxygen to all regions of the body.
- Poor posture can also impair the ability of your lungs to breathe properly, thus reducing the amount of oxygen you take in and depriving your body of this vital resource
- Bending forward, especially when you are seated at a desk for long durations, can create pressure on your abdomen, thus hindering your digestive process.
- For those who suffer from arthritis, poor posture can put unnecessary pressure on areas such as the knees, thus exacerbating the problem.
Hence, poor posture may not just give you a nagging pain – it can also wreak havoc on your internal systems, laying the ground for even more medical problems down the line. It thus becomes very important to not just be aware of your posture, but to also work towards correcting it and counteracting the issues that may arise form poor posture.
Yoga Poses To Try –
Yoga training can go a long way in keeping your posture correct and preventing problems related to posture cropping up. Firstly, yoga poses help in reducing the strain and pain that comes from poor posture, thus preventing you from hunching even further. Regular yoga training also increases your awareness of your body, so that you notice any discomfort or improper posture and correct it immediately. Engaging in regular yoga training also enables you to strengthen your muscles, especially those of your core and back, which ensure that you are able to sit or stand in a natural posture easily.
Here are some yoga poses to help you get started –
- Ustrasana (Camel Pose) – A great way to counteract all the hunching you must be doing at the desk and in front of your screen, this pose helps in opening up the chest, shoulders, and throat, while also giving a deep stretch to the back and abdomen. It may be difficult for you to touch your heels initially, so feel free to modify with straps or some other tool to help you assume the correct post.
- Bhujangasana (Cobra Pose) – Get into those shoulders and back with one of the simplest but most effective of yoga poses, which also opens up the upper back and helps in toning the hips too. If your lower back is very stiff, you might not be able to go all the way up – and that is completely fine. Get up to the height you feel comfortable, and work your way up from there.
- Adho Mukha Svanasana (Downward Dog) – One of the most well known of yoga poses, this asana is an all-rounder that stretches the legs, strengthens the arms, shoulders, and core, and opens up the hamstrings, back, chest and shoulders. This pose is also often a part of the transition or flow to or between other asanas, so getting in down perfectly is a great way to improve your yoga training sessions.
- Tadasana (Mountain Pose) – You might think that there is no proper way to stand – but there is, and this asana helps you nail just that. Not only is the mountain pose a great way to improve your standing posture, it is also a grounding asana that helps in cultivating bodily awareness and mindfulness.
- Vrksasana (Tree Pose) – Hone your balance and concentration with this standing asana, which prompts proper posture by challenging your sense of balance. It is also a good way to give the hips a gentle, opening stretch, and to warm up the legs before the more advanced phrase of yoga training.
- Cat-Cow – This dynamic sequence of two asanas helps you strengthen your shoulders while removing the kinks and stress from your entire spine. This sequence can also help you understand what a neutral spine is supposed to feel like, and is a great way to help warm up the back region.
Want to Learn These And More?
Want to know what more yoga training can help you out with? Eager to tap into the benefits of yoga but don’t know where to get started? Hith Yoga has you covered! Come join one of the best-known yoga studios in Delhi-NCR, and learn under the most qualified experts, dive into a holistic approach to the discipline, and enjoy prime perks such as personal and corporate training, regular workshops, and yoga retreats. With Hith Yoga, find what works for you and your fitness goals, and challenge yourself to reach the next level. So what are you waiting for?