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Yoga Poses to Increase Flexibility in Your Spine

Yoga Three Ways: Backbends

If you've taken a few yoga classes, you'll find that some poses are easy and relaxing, while others are better saved for those with incredible strength and flexibility. That's part of the beauty of yoga — there's a pose fit for everyone's needs and abilities.

Backbends may not be your favorite type of pose, but they're so important to include in your practice because they increase flexibility in your spine, strengthen your back muscles, stretch your abs, and can help relieve back pain. Yogis believe these poses can lift your spirits and increase your energy. Skip the extra caffeine and try some backbends.


Locust A

Camel

Wheel

Here are three variations of backbends, moving from easiest to more challenging. The first one, Locust A, allows you to focus on strengthening the back muscles without having to arch your spine too drastically. The second pose, Camel, is a little harder because you're arching your back, stretching your chest and shoulders, and it also works your quads. The last pose, known as Wheel or Full Backbend, is the most challenging of the three because it requires arm and leg strength in order to hold your body upright, openness in the shoulders and chest, and flexibility in your spine. Choose the pose that best suits you, or follow the entire sequence, moving from easiest to hardest.

If yoga is one of your favorite forms of fitness, then check out the Yoga Stretch and Tell group.

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