Straighten up soldier

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Our spine is an important part of our body because most of the pains and aches that we face nowadays is all back related. Posture is important to look hot and alluring for both the sexes. I mean imagine being fully dressed in Zara and then slouching. That is a horrible mistake. Posture, for many people is often actually a painful experience, because of back problems that prevent them from sitting straight up. To look absolutely stunning you have to work on your posture. And nowadays we are always faced with posture issues mostly due to long hours of sitting at the computer or laptop. The other causes of bad posture are Osteoporosis and Arthritis and neither of them have a perfect cure. So in order to make sure that our posture remains perfect the only hope is to exercise to fix the posture problem. Yoga is the fix, as it has been for so many centuries for various physical ailments. There are six Yoga exercises that can help you improve your posture. Recent studies have proven yoga to improve posture. It is also known to increase your body awareness, strengthen the core and lengthen the spine. The main reason why Yoga helps in improving your posture is essentially because it helps lengthen your spine to a great extent as compared to regular exercises and also makes all the back muscles become stronger. So today we will be discussing all the ways in which you can improve your posture, since it obviously makes a huge impact on presentation. so, follow the following exercises.

1. Tadasana (Mountain Pose)

Stand tall and with your back straight, feet firmly planted on the ground and now open your chest with arms by your side, tuck your tail bone a little, engage your thighs, roll your shoulders back and down in order to lower your shoulder blades and then bring your chin back so your ears are above your shoulder. This is how you align your body from head to toe.

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2. Uttanasana (Standing forward bend)

This is a form of exercise where you bend down forward which actually helps lengthen your spine. Just hang there, by grabbing your elbows with opposite hands, after bending and breathe. After you release your hands, try looking up by opening your chest and flattening your back on an inhale. Then exhale and fold again. The essential reason is to lengthen and stretch the spine so that your posture enhances.

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3. Bhujangasana (Cobra Pose)

Place your hands on the mat while lying in a sphinx position. Then gradually start pushing yourself backward, by straightening your arms, so that your shoulders are above your ears. Make sure that your pelvis and your legs are firmly placed on the floor. This again helps in stretching the spine and improves the posture and give the muscles the required stretching.

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4. Virasana (Hero Pose)

Virasana is a seated yoga position which makes it difficult to slouch. Sit on your heels with your back straight, looking straight, with the crown of your head facing the sky. If sitting on your heels proves too much of an issue get an ergonomic chair or a pillow. This exercise is not suitable for people with knee problems, at all; so try and avoid this exercise. Virasana is all about sitting in this position in perfect posture.

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5. Balasana (Child’s pose)

Balasana is the child’s pose, it is also known as the resting pose. For this exercise, you have sit back on your heels bend forward, so that your head is touching the floor in front of your knees and your hands should be on either side, palm facing upwards, next to your feet. This looks like a little ball, where your entire body is curved like a cocoon and helps your muscles relax.

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6. Salabhasana (Locust Pose)

This particular pose is for strengthening your back. For this you have to lie down on your front, then open your chest and lift your arms and legs off the mat while keeping the pelvis on the mat. Now you can either point your hands towards your feet or you can extend them straight in front of your body, whatever suits you better. Salabhasana strengthens the back muscles, and also lengthens your spine.

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In order to see the results, you have to practice the above mentioned routines everyday on a regular basis. Now, that we are all aware of the various ways to correct our posture, I fervently hope to not see any more slouching and crouching in public. Having the correct posture is good for the spine and it also reduces all sorts of back pains and aches. So folks it is time to just take an hour out from your regular routine and try these fun exercises out to correct your posture because no one really wants to look like the hump back from Notre Damn. And also because even if you do not have slouching issues, then you might develop the same with time. Therefore, prevention is the best cure. It is time to get your yoga mats out and have a blast.