Yoga for Back Health: 3 Ways to Improve Posture with Your Breath

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Catching yourself slumping over throughout the day? Hey, it happens, and all it takes is a few inhales to reverse course and create more length in the spine. The trick is positioning your body so your breath can do all the work. Here, yoga therapist Alison West, PhD, E-RYT, director of the Yoga Union Backcare & Scoliosis Center in New York City, shows you three simple poses that will help your breath expand tissues in the side, front, and back body—making it much easier to free your spine and sit up straight. Bonus: You can do them in your chair right now!