Do you know why people get hunch back as they get older? It is because they don’t do yoga!
We are offering you a free tip of how to keep your spine straight and flexible.
Below is a basic neck release which we include in all our classes. We recommend practising this on a daily basis to prevent rounding of the spine. This is also wonderful for alleviating neck and upper back pain.
- Rest on your back in Semi-supine with your feet flat on the floor, quite wide apart. Interlace the hands behind the back of your head. Take a breath in, and as you breathe out, lift the head to look down the midline of the body. Inhale and rest the head back down. Do that a few times. See if you can lift a bit further each time (only if it doesn’t cause any tension or pain). Notice what lifting the head does to the lower spine and consciously press the lower back into the floor each time you lift the head.
- Instead of going through the midline, next time you lift your head, go more towards one knee than the other. Rest the head down as you inhale and then exhale and lift the head towards the other knee. Alternate sides a few times. Only go as far as you comfortably can. Feel the stretch at the back of the neck, and how it also stretches in between the shoulder blades.
- Realigns the cervical (neck) vertebrae.
- Strengthens the neck.
- The whole nervous system and all the meridians pass through the neck, so to release it is to stimulate the whole nervous system.
- Flattens the curve in the upper back (in between the shoulder blades), which gets exaggerated as we age and creates a rounded shoulder appearance. In extreme cases it would be called a hunch back. When practised regularly, lifting the head with both hands helps to keep the spine straight.