Lately, I’ve found myself sitting a lot. Whether it’s to edit video, in zoom meetings, or binge watch Hannibal on Amazon Prime. Either way, my butt has been in a chair more than I’d care to admit. So, I’ve each day I’ve been doing a little yoga to reset the natural curves of my spine. Which has turned into a 15 minute yoga for posture class. Disclaimer: Links in this post may be affiliate links
If I’m honest, my own practice for posture can be anywhere from 10-30 minutes. It really depends on how I feel on the day. All I know is that it does wonders for my lower back.
15 minute yoga for posture
Despite most of us knowing how we should sit in a chair, we all tend to tuck and slouch. We round over keyboards, steering wheels and dining tables. Essentially, we become a “C” shape. In this 15 minute class we do poses that help, yoga for posture can counter all the sitting.
The video has the variations of cobra pose in a gentle flow. You can view the video on YouTube. Maybe add it to a playlist? Don’t forget to subscribe to my channel. I upload new videos every Tuesday and Friday. For exclusive longer format videos sign up for my Patreon community.
Cobra pose for posture
As I mentioned, due to the sitting we slouch, we round and tuck. Our spines lose the “S” curves and instead becomes a “C”. This is not good for our posture, and can even cause back pain. In this class we work on extension of the spine. Specifically lumbar and thoracic spine, using cobra pose variations and scapular retraction.
In the yoga for posture class, we start easy with a mini cobra. I teach a specific way. I always teach the beginners, least challenging, versions first. Not only does this serve as a warm up of sorts, but if the progressions prove too much. Well, you’re already done the easier version and step back to that variation.
Adding in some goal post arm lifts works into the shoulders and upper back. This space can get super rounded as we’re constantly on phones and laptops. Getting the mind/muscle connection on the upper back while standing can be a challenge for many. Using the floor can really help. This is a variation on the #1 shoulder mobility exercise I advise everyone do.
And, the class culminates in a cobra pose with no hands. Using the musculature of your back body to lift up away from the floor. This is one of my favorite ways for people to gain awareness that cobra isn’t about muscling your way up from the floor with the arms.
Want more classes?
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Alternatively, make sure to subscribe to my YouTube channel for short brief videos. As I mentioned, I upload every Tuesday and Friday. If you’re dealing with a specific issue you’d like help with, let me know in the comments.
- How long do you spend sitting each day?
- Do you experience back pain? Lower or upper?
- Can you do cobra with no hands?