Proper posture is essential to avoid injury and stiffness. Sometimes, a job environment or lifestyle can lead to muscle fatigue and pain. Yoga will help you improve your standing posture, balance, reach, flexibility, and overall health.
Let’s discuss why bad posture isn’t good before we move on to the 4 simple ways to improve your standing posture
What is bad standing posture?
Many factors contribute to poor standing and a sore back, including:
- Slouching your shoulders and back
- Truncated shoulders
- Only one arm should be used for carrying a heavy bag
- High-heeled shoes
- To look down, crane your neck
You can correct this by doing a few simple yoga poses that align your spine. Yoga standing postures will improve balance, stance and wellness.
What are some of the benefits of standing in good posture?
Good posture will save you the pain of suffering back injuries or muscle fatigue, especially in your spine. This will also reduce the wear and tear on the spine’s bones. Standing correctly will reduce pressure on your ligaments, which can lead to fewer injuries to your back.
These poses can improve your standing position in yoga or every day.
1. The pose of a child – Child pose
Great for beginners
- Place your feet on the mat and kneel.
- Your knees should be at least hip-width apart
- Place your hands on the mat and extend your arms out in front of your face.
2. Forward fold
This pose is part of the “Sun Salutation”, and can be difficult for those with tight hamstrings. You can bend your legs so that you feel more comfortable with the “forward fold” yoga pose.
- Straighten your back with your shoulders back, and your arms in front.
- Put your feet together
- Move your hips forward and bring your hands towards your shins.
- In the forward fold position, let your head hang free towards the ground.
To ease back pain, the Cat/cow yoga position is a good choice. If you have a sore back, this and the “child’s pose” are helpful.
- Balance your weight evenly on the floor by balancing your weight with your hands and knees.
- Inhale and curve your spine toward the ground. This is the “cat” portion of the cat/cow position.
- You can arch your back upwards and extend your spine towards the ceiling. Inhale while keeping your head down. This is the “cow pose” of the cat/cow yoga.
High planks are great for strengthening your arms and stomach. It is great for correcting standing posture.
- Keep your feet on the ground, but keep your legs straight.
- Straighten your back, but don’t dip your lower back.
- Keep your eyes focused on your yoga mat, and keep your neck and back open. Your shoulders should be in line with your arms.
These yoga poses will help you improve your back, and prevent bad postures for your spine.
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