Don’t slouch! Try these 7 expert-recommended yoga poses to un-hunch your shoulders
Updated on:18 February 2020, 16:29pm IST
Don’t let the hunched shoulders take away from your sparkling personality or weaken your back. Try these yoga poses and strengthen your back.
From sitting on the desk all day to having adapted the wrong body posture through the course of life—there are a variety of factors that can lead to our precious shoulders bearing the weight of worldly responsibilities getting hunched.
The result? Well, there’s no doubting the fact that the bent or the arch can ruin your personality. But that’s not it.
According to Ms. Sankalp Shakti, yoga expert, Goodways Fitness, Delhi, the hunching can cause problems in the lungs because when one sits with round neck or shoulder, there is not enough space for the diaphragm to spread and shrink as you breathe because of the bent shoulders.
Additionally, it can even lead to back pain and consequent back problems in the long run. Hence, taking preventive measures such as practicing these yoga postures recommended by Shakti can be your biggest saviour and give you your correct body posture back:
Lie flat on your stomach, keep your hands on the sides and ensure that your toes touch each other.
Now, placing your body weight on your palms, inhale and raise your head and trunk.
Hold the asana for about 15 to 30 seconds while breathing normally.
The deep backbend can make the spine stronger and more flexible while giving your lungs, shoulders, chest, and abdomen a good stretch.
Again, start by lying flat on your stomach with your arms beside your body and feet close together.
Take a deep breath in and as you exhale, lift your chest and feet off the ground, stretching your arms towards your feet.
Hold for a few seconds and exhale while coming back to the ground slowly and relax.
This asana can strengthen the back and abdominal muscles as well as tone the leg and arm muscles.
Kneel down on the yoga mat and place your hands on the waist.
Make sure that your knees are in line with the shoulders and the sole of your feet is facing the ceiling.
As you inhale, draw in your tail-bone towards the pubis as if being pulled from the navel.
Simultaneously, arch your back and slide your palms over your feet till the arms are straight.
Hold for a few seconds, exhale and slowly come back to the starting position and repeat.
This asana works wonders when it comes to correcting your posture and improving flexibility of your spine.