If you are reading this article while sitting in a chair or resting on your bed or sofa painlessly, it’s because your spine is letting you. It is one of the most important parts of the body for movement.
Without tis proper functioning, you can’t stand or sit in an upright position, bend for daily tasks and look around you without moving the whole body. It also shields the spinal cord which contains nerves that connect the brain with the rest of the body, without which you can’t mobilize any part of the body.
That’s why it’s absolutely essential to keep it healthy and aligned. And what’s the easiest way of doing that – it’s a daily or weekly Yoga. How? one may ask.
Why yoga is good for your spine alignment
Yoga, as of the scope of this article, is a set of bodily movements that soothe up your body, releases strain and improves physical posture. Yoga includes exercises that build up core strength, increases blood circulation to the joints and properly straightens the backbone.
Not only will you feel relieved after a yoga session but it will emotionally strengthen your health too because all the negative energy of the body will be expelled, body joints will find the right sockets to fit in and efforts to maintain the natural curvature of the spine will be executed.
Your balance will improve, back pain will be alleviated and you will observe your movement feels more unrestricted.
How is yoga the easiest method to align your spine
First of all, it’s the cheapest. Let’s be honest! Yoga classes don’t charge a fortune, and you can always learn the styles from YouTube for free. It’s not something you have to plan and eye your budget for. You see a yoga class ad on Social Media near you with its benefits and you whisk there the next day. Ain’t it?
Secondly, it’s much more than just spine alignment and you get to feel that. Your mood lifts up, your whole body is stretched which makes you more flexible and your figure improves drastically. In fact, it is one of the most common practices that actresses, fitness freaks and lingerie models do for those sexy curves.
Thirdly, it is simple. You don’t have to wear anything special like posture correction vest beneath your clothes, you don’t have to rest your buttocks on a cushion for improving hip posture while you sit on a chair during your office hours or beneath you while you drive the car, and you don’t have to undergo manual medicine which is also known as “laying on of hands”.
Getting a good yoga chair can help make the practice safer too.
Best yoga styles for spine alignment
Let’s now discuss the most effective and widely practiced spine straightening exercises in the world. Their effectiveness has been confirmed by the people themselves and medical doctors.
Seated spinal twist
Not only does your spine move in forwarding and backward position but it also twists. This step will enhance the twisting spectrum of your spine. To do this, bend your one knee (in this case, right) and cross it over to the left thigh. Then, bend your left knee and place the ankle to the right glute.
Now, take your right arm behind you and twist rightways so that the fingertips touch the ground. Do this by raising the left hand in the air. After this, hook the left hand around the right knee and twist while exhaling. That’s it! Repeat this for the other side.
This style is obtained by bending the legs in the shape of a bow. It powers up the back muscles and increases the flexibility of the spine in addition to stimulating the abdomen tissues.
Lie flat on the stomach at the start of this exercise. While exhaling, bend the knees and bring them as close as possible to the posterior. After this, hold the ankles with both your hands and lift your heels towards the ceiling while inhaling.
This will cause the thighs to be lifted up from the ground. If not until now automatically, lift your chest while keeping the pelvis strictly sticking to the ground. Remain in this position for 30 seconds while breathing normally.
The breath will turn shallow but no need to worry, as the chest is under pressure, it is bound to happen.
This posture requires you to lie on your back rather than the stomach. It makes the spine stronger by straightening and stretching it apart from strengthening the buttocks and hamstrings.
Put arms on your side and feet on the floor. Bend your knees after it and start lifting up your hips and back slowly. Do this until the only body parts touching the ground are the head, neck and upper thoracic.
Bring the chest as close as possible to the chin to ensure full extension. Hold this position for about 15 seconds before exhalation and bringing down the back on the floor.
Balasana or the Child’s pose realigns the spine by extending it and is also quite effective in alleviating back and neck pains.
To execute this exercise, lie with your feet and tibia flat on the ground. Now, lower the upper body such that the forehead touches the ground and arms extend out in front with palms facing downwards. The hips should be touching your heels.
Remain in this position for about 15-25 seconds depending on the degree of allowance of each person because it wouldn’t be easy for doers in the start as it involves a total stretching of the backbone.
To simplify this posture, place a cushion below the forehead and between the space of your heels and hips. This is usually the last exercise of a yoga session after the whole body has gone through the process of stretching.
Multiple studies of NCBI (National Center for Biotechnology Information) have confirmed that specific yoga positions have helped patients in recovering from back pains by realigning their spines. It’s simple and one should certainly try it.