Most Beneficial Yoga Poses

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The most beneficial yoga poses all typically work out and relieve stress in your lower back. Find out about the most beneficial yoga poses with help from a health and fitness professional in this free video clip.

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Hi, I'm Denise Druce, a Registered Yoga Teacher in Salt Lake City, Utah. Let's take a look at some of the most beneficial Yoga poses. I've chosen some Yoga poses that are really helpful for the lower back. Most of us at one point or another have low back pain or even injury. So, these stretches are really great to help the hips and the lower back feel better. So, we'll begin with cat and cow. We'll take our hands right under our shoulders and our knees underneath our hips and we'll just begin to breath here; inhaling as we lengthen our spine and then exhaling as we round our spine. So, as you do cat and cow, let your tailbone initiate the movement and let your head follow in both directions, almost as in after thought with the lower back determine the range of motion. The second Yoga pose that's really beneficial especially for the hips and back is just a lunge. So, from a kneeling position, we'll step forward with one foot and then we'll just lower our hips down placing a hand on the floor or even on a Yoga block. And we'll just let gravity stretch the front of our hips here. We can stay here for five to ten breaths, stretching our quadriceps and our hip flexors and then we'll switch sides. The third Yoga pose that's really beneficial for the lower back is child's pose. So, in child's pose, you can take your knees as wide as you like and then extend your arms long overhead, just letting your head drop to the floor and take several deep breaths which you'll feel in your lower back. So, those are some of the most beneficial Yoga poses you can do for your hips and your lower back. I'm Denise Druce, for more Yoga tips, please check out my website.

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