heal, connect & balance
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heal, connect & balance
These are in my opinion when practiced daily fix the issues from hunching over all day long!
Do you spend a lot of time sitting at a desk, long hours at a time in front of the computer, or sit in a car for long periods of time? If so, you've probably noticed that your spine typically rounds forward and your chest sinks. The chest caves inward wreaking havoc on the spine and back.
Good News! You can begin to reverse that physical pattern by creating new movement imprints with two simple Yoga Poses.
The first one is called Apanasana. Apana means vital force moving outward. Apanasana is sanskrit for Hurricane or Knees to Chest pose. Practicing Apanasana is a gentle way to restore balance to caving chest & restore proper flow and function to the organs of your torso. As you release excess pressure from your digestive organs and low back, your mind will begin to release its pressures and tensions, as well.
Top - Apanasana
How to Do Apanasana
Benefits of Apanasana
Clasping the knee or shin can be problematic for people with knee problems. One alternative is to clasp the hamstring of the bent leg instead.
Practice Apanasana first thing in the morning and before going to bed. Hold for 1-2 minutes on each side. It’s a simple way to encourage your body, mind, and spirit to remain clear and balanced throughout your day.
Another pose to reverse caving chest is Fish pose, Matsyasana. A traditional yoga pose, it expands the chest and throat. Most of us spend so much time hunched over a keyboard, chances are can't overdo fish pose. In non-supported Fish pose, the neck is placed in extreme extension as you bend the neck back and place the top of the head on the floor. it can be difficult for most people to do it safely. Extreme extension of the neck, coupled with pressure on the the cervical spine, often causes dizziness or nausea.
The supported version carries none of these risks. In fact, it’s a favorite with my students, a much needed release for caving chest and shoulders. Supported Fish expands the chest and can relieve neck and shoulder tension.
For the supported version use two foam blocks, one across mid back and one supporting back of head and neck.
How to do Matsyasana
Benefits of Matsyasana
People with heart problem, peptic ulcer, hernia, severe back condition also pregnant women should not attempt for the practice.
Add these two simple poses into your weekly routine to begin reversing the effects of concave chest. Namaste~
This week marks the four year anniversary of the opening of Yoga Haven. A place I call a nest of bliss on the mountain. Yoga Haven is tucked away in mountainous Oakland, NJ. The spot not ideal for a business that needs foot traffic, but the ideal spot to practice yoga. As I write this, it's unbelievable how quickly four years has flown by!