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Prescription Yoga for Your Health and Wellbeing

Prescription Yoga in Delray Beach

Asana’s for Daily Ailments – Do’s and Don’ts

If you are like most people in the western world, you spend a fair amount of time in very unnatural positions. Hours spent at a desk over a keyboard, looking down at notes, mobile devices, driving, etc. All this time you spend in these positions tightens some muscles and weakens others. Prescription Yoga can be used as a useful tool to help to combat the postural deviations developed by the repeated positions in your daily routine.

Pose (Asana) in focus = FISH Pose (Matsyasana)

The fish pose is a wonderful way to open up tight shoulders and chest muscles that pull us into an internally rotated position. Benefits include Improved posture, strengthen neck, shoulders and spine, stretches chest and abdominals, enables deep breathing and expansion of lungs.

  1. Lie supine on the floor with your arms by your sides. Push down into your heels to lift your hips, and place your hands beneath your buttocks with your palms facing down.
  2. Rest your buttocks on the tops of your hands and elongate your legs. Inhale, and press down with your forearms, slightly bending your elbows. Lift up with your chest and head off the floor, creating an arch in your upper back
  3. Tilt your head back, and place it on the floor. Keep the majority of your weight on your elbows.
  4. Hold for 14-30 seconds while practicing deep complete breathing.

Avoid: Pushing your weight into your head and neck and lifting your hips as you push up into the arch.

Remember that a great exercise or asana performed improperly or with poor form is no longer a great exercise!