Yoga is often linked to being an exercise for women. However, everyone can benefit from yoga. Those suffering from back, neck, joint, and muscle injuries find that yoga helps reduce their pain. Studies reveal that those who practice yoga twice a week for eight weeks gain strength, flexibility, and endurance. Yoga stretches your muscles and can also help relieve stress.
Try these poses to help minimize back and neck pain…
- Downward-Facing Dog: this pose is an excellent stretch to target your entire body. Try to hold this pose for 5 to 10 breaths, and repeat about five to seven times.
- Child’s Pose: this stretch helps to elongate your back, which can really help you relieve stress. You can repeat this stretch as many times as needed.
- Pigeon Pose: this is a bit more challenging for beginnings, but can be really helpful in stretching hip rotators and flexors.
- Triangle Pose: this is an excellent pose to help you strengthen your back and legs muscles.
- Cat and Cow Pose: If you have an achy, sore back, than this pose is for you! Try to repeat it ten times to get the best results.
- Upward Forward Bend: this pose stretches your hamstrings and back muscles, while also helping to minimize tension in your shoulders.
- Upward-Facing Dog: this stretch engages your back by opening up your chest and stretching your abdominal muscles.