by PagePink’s Stylemaker Jessica Sinclair
Most days we are deskbound, hunched over our laptops and typing furiously for extended number of hours. Our bodies are built for movement, with lack of movement, we often experience a dull ache in our lower backs that do not go away no matter how many times we try to massage it.
One way to minimize this is to build a good core. A good core releases pressure on our lower backs, thus reducing or eradicating backaches.
Here are 5 quick yoga poses that you can use to activate the core and it only takes a few minutes!
1. Triangle Pose
To execute the triangle pose correctly, depress the shoulders, scoop the tailbone in, engage the core, rotate the middle and upper back and open the chest fully. Hold the pose for 3 to 5 breaths and switch sides.
Note: Many times practitioners may reach for the toes and end up out of alignment once the inner hip moves back. When the body is aligned correctly, it is not uncommon to not be able to reach the toes.
2. Extended Hand to Leg Pose
To execute the extended hand to leg pose correctly, depress the shoulders, scoop the tailbone in, engage the core, and engage the standing leg fully all the way up to the glutes. Hold the pose for 3 to 5 breaths and switch sides.
Note: Whether the raised leg can be fully extended depends predominantly on the flexibility of the hamstrings but it is not important to straighten the leg.