Yoga for Back Health: How to Protect Your Spine While Picking Up (& Putting Down) Props

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A therapeutic practice can do wonders for your body—but failing to exercise caution as you lay down (or scoop up) your mat, blocks, or blankets can have the exact opposite effect. Here, yoga therapist Alison West, founder of the Yoga Union Backcare and Scoliosis Center in New York City, demonstrates how to handle your props so that you avoid tweaking the spine, spraining a muscle, or aggravating an existing injury.  

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