This back-bending pose is known for being energizing and helping make you feel refreshed. By bringing the heart above the head it makes it easier for blood to travel to the brain, giving you a burst of energy and focus. Also, if you are anything like me and you spend a lot of time sitting at a desk or in a car, you might notice that your back naturally starts to round. This pose will open your shoulders and help reverse the rounding of the spine, improving your posture and helping to prevent back pain.
- Begin by lying on your back with your arms at your sides.
- Press your elbows into the mat and lift your hips, sliding your hands underneath your sitting bones with your palms pressing into the mat.
- Lift your head up off of the mat gazing at your feet.
- Press your elbows into the mat and expand your chest arching your back so that you can lower the crown of your head onto the mat.
- Stay here, or engage your core muscles to lift both legs off of the mat to about 45 degrees.
- Stretches the chest, neck, and shoulders
- Strengthens the legs, core, and upper back
- Helps relieve stiffness in the neck and shoulders
- Stretches the hips flexors
- Stimulates the thyroid gland