5 Perfect Yoga Poses for Maintaining A Healthy Spine

Ashton August
By  | 

Eastern medicine believes the spine is the secret to age. You are as old as your spine is flexible (or inflexible). The stronger and more supple your spine, the better equipped you’ll be to heal old injuries and prevent any future injury. Ever heard the saying “Healthy Spine, Healthy Life”?
 

Here are 5 basic yoga poses to help you get and maintain a strong, healthy spine.

 
 

1. Camel/Ustrasana

camel pose - heart opener

Camel Pose is called the healer of the spine because it deeply compresses the entire spinal column. Compression presses all of the vertebrae together. After you come out of the pose and release the compression, fresh blood will flow throughout the spinal column, lubricating it while hydrating all of your precious disks. This increased blood flow is good for the spine because it keeps the entire spinal column springy. Think of your spinal disks as the shocks on your car. You want those shock absorbers to stay springy, which means you don’t want them to dry out or get worn down. Camel pose is your scheduled spinal maintenance!
 
 

2. Floor Bow/ Dhanurasana

Bow Pose - Heart Opener

Floor Bow and Camel Pose offer the same deep compression for the entire spinal column. While Camel is done upright on the knees, Floor Bow in done on the stomach. And while the benefits are about the same, Floor Bow also helps gently massage your internal organs. Everyone’s body is different. Some people have an easier time getting into Camel over Floor Bow, while others favor doing Floor Bow over Camel or vis versa…Experiment doing both poses and find out which one is best for you.

 

 
 

3. Wheel/ Urdva Dhanurasana

wheel pose - heart opener

Wheel Pose creates a similar spinal arch to Camel and Floor Bow, but it doesn’t compress as deeply as the other two. The benefit of this difference is in the shape of your spine. Think about your typical posture and spinal positioning throughout the day. Most of the time, you spend it hunched over a computer, bending forward, and staying seated. Wheel Pose counterbalances your daily routine by arching your spine and letting your heart energy shine. Wheel is therapeutic for the spine and gives you a boost in energy.
 
 

4. Revolved Crescent Lunge/Parivrtta Anjaneyasana  

Revolved Crescent Lunge

Twists in general are incredibly beneficial for the spine. Every yoga practice should include some form of a twist, and you should always end your practice by twisting. The reason is because twists decompress the spine. Twists are also hydrating for the spine. Think of your spine as a washcloth. Twists rinse off the spine from top to bottom, creating space for fresh new oxygenated blood to flow up and down the spinal column. This rehydrates, detoxifies, and renews your spine, keeping it young, strong, and supple.
 
 

5.  Child’s Pose/Balasana

childs pose

 
Generally thought of as being a resting pose, Child’s Pose is actually so much more. It gently opens your hips and gives your spine a gentle, soothing stretch. Child’s Pose specifically focuses on the lumbar spine, or your lower back. It decompresses your low back, releasing any tension or tightness. This pose is gentle, yet effective enough to do any time.

It is said that over 80% of people will experience some form of back pain in their lives.

A lot of us are already dealing with back issues and look to yoga and other holistic methods to improve our quality of life. Because it’s true: the state of our physical health directly affects our quality of living. We all deserve to be pain free. Yoga is an excellent practice for all levels of experience and all backgrounds of health. Taking care of your spine on the mat will help improve your life outside the yoga studio.

 

This article has been read 10K+ times. Bada bing!

Comments

wonderful comments!

Ashton August

Ashton is the founder and Editorial Director of YogiApproved.com. She is also a published author (check out Learn Grow Shift, her 30-day workbook for personal growth) and yoga instructor. You can practice yoga online with her on YA Classes. Connect with her on social @ashtonaugustyoga

yogiapproved.com

Practice with top instructors in the
comfort of your own home.
See the Classes

JOIN US ON THE GRAM LET’S HANG @YOGIAPPROVED

Send this to a friend

Follow us on

Already have an account? Login


Create an Account

New to site? Create an Account


Login

Lost password?