Yoga for Back Health: Got Computer Neck? 3 Poses for Pain Relief
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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!
Attention, desk-dwellers: Depending on how you sit, staring at a computer screen all day can impact the structure of your upper spine and result in tension and pain. But there’s a way for you to undo the damage and find relief. Here, yoga therapist Alison West, PhD, E-RYT, director of the Yoga Union Backcare & Scoliosis Center, offers two simple poses you can do throughout the day to lengthen your cervical spine and melt tension. Need a more intense release when you get home? Her final move with two dowels—wooden rods available at most hardware stores—will feel like an instant deep tissue massage.