Yoga for Back Health: 8 Poses You Can Do at Your Desk to Improve Posture

Deskbound at the office or at home? Starting to slouch? These strengthening and lengthening poses will help you sit with support and ease.
By Alison West ,

Got back pain? Want to find relief and begin the healing process? Join Alison West, PhD, C-IYAT, E-RYT, for her new online course, Yoga for Back Health: A 6-Week Clinic for Mobility, Strength, & Pain Relief. This workshop dives into anatomy and asana practices to help you better understand: the structure of the spine; how to evaluate your posture and identify movement patterns; the impact of injuries and conditions, such as herniations, hyperkyphosis, and hyperlordosis; and how to work with those issues through safe yoga sequences, poses, and breathwork. Click here to sign up today!

It happens to the best of us: After long periods of sitting, our muscles start to shorten and slack, leaving us unsupported. And, despite your best intentions, you can't always break for a full yoga practice or walk around the block. Well, not all is lost. Here, yoga therapist Alison West, founder and director of Yoga Union Backcare & Scoliosis Center in New York City, comes to the rescue. Try her simple poses at your desk so you can strengthen, lengthen, release, and stretch all the right places to reinstate your posture and feel your best. 

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