May is here! Summer is just around the corner and some of us may be hitting the gym pretty hard to get ready for the warm days ahead. So for this month’s theme we will be taking it down a notch with some restorative stretches. These passive stretches are like a reset for the body. We allow gravity to do most of the work while we relax.
It is recommended that you perform these stretches with a rectangular yoga bolster. If you don’t have a bolster and would like to consider purchasing one, you can find one here.
These stretches may also be done with three folded blankets if you don’t have a bolster.
If you have any trouble getting up and down from the floor, have undergone back surgery, have a history back pain/muscle spasms/injuries, or a history of shoulder pain or injuries, please do not perform this stretch. As with beginning any exercise program, it is recommended to consult with your physician, physical therapist or occupational therapist to determine which exercises are best for you.
To know if you’re in the right position, your head will just barely brush the floor. If your shoulders are on the floor or you feel like your neck is jammed, you need to scoot further down towards your feet. Refer to the photos below for correct and incorrect positions.
Performing the Reclined Upper Back Backbend:
Thanks again for tuning into the weekly stretch!
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