October 24, 2013

Freedom from Gravity

Back pain is one of the most common reasons people seek medical attention. But chiropractic or medical care can be expensive and inconvenient. Luckily, for minor problems, there are ways to decompress the spine and improve the health of your back without outside assistance.

For experienced yogis, inversions like Salamba Sirsasana (Headstand) or Adho Mukha Vrksasana (Handstand) can help do the trick. But even beginners can enjoy the benefits of space in the spine. One of the best ways to counter the effects of gravity is to simply let the spine hang free.

Find a table or a bed in your home or office that is higher off the floor that the height of your torso. Then lie face down on the edge of the bed or table so that the tops of your thighs are supported while your entire torso hangs to the floor. Relax your back, your arms, and your neck. Allow your body to go completely limp. Breathe deeply and remain for several minutes. When you emerge, you'll feel taller and less tense in your spine.


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Salamba Sirsasana

http://www.yogajournal.com/practice/178

Adho Mukha Vrksasana

http://www.yogajournal.com/poses/788


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