Poses by Anatomy

Yoga for Back Health: 3 Simple Poses to Traction the Spine

Got back pain? Want to find relief, begin healing, and enjoy your yoga practice again? 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; and how to work with those issues through safe yoga sequences, poses, and breathwork. Sign up today!

While devoting an hour to the mat can be a worthwhile investment for your body, sometimes your spine just calls for a two-minute tune-up. This can help alleviate discomfort or even the tendency of bad posture if you spend most of your time sitting or driving. Here, yoga therapist Alison West, PhD, E-RYT, shares three simple poses you can do throughout the day that can traction the spine and keep your back healthy. (Psst: The second move with the bolster gives you so much length!)