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My lower back tends to get really stiff from sitting, usually incorrectly, at work :0. Any recommendations on poses that I could easily do in my office to loosen the tension in my lower back? - Marianne

How do you protect your lower back? In some yoga classes my back is too tight and painful at the end of class to really relax in savasana. In Bikram I don’t really have that problem, maybe because you do a twist right before the final savasana? – Elaine

a yogi answers

First thing is to sit super upright on the edge of your seat and pull your chin back. It might seem weird at first, but you want to create the natural spinal curvature. There is an S-curve in your spine and neck, most back issues come from slouching. Don’t slouch and engage your abdomen, at least 15-30% ALL THE TIME!

- Ted, lululemon Malibu ambassador

Do you have any favourite final poses to help you relax in savasana?

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4 Comments »


you didn’t answer the second question

Comment by Sung — July 5, 2010 @ 8:50 am


Lower back pain is typically due to weaker core muscles so sitting tall with your abs engaged will help train your body to support itself – especially the lower back!

Comment by Melis — July 7, 2010 @ 4:57 pm


Yoga is an important key to reducing lower back pain! Here is another useful article for low back pain: http://www.chiropractor-sacramento.com/lower-back-pain-whats-the-cause-how-do-you-get-rid-of-it-sacramento

Comment by Sacramento Chiropractor — August 24, 2010 @ 8:59 pm


I am on a fitness roll. After adding Yoga and Pilates to my regimen I realized how bad my posture is. I am taking note of every posture tip. Sitting at the edge of my chair already, chin back! Thanks

Comment by AJ the Muay Thai Gear Girl — July 25, 2011 @ 10:50 am


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