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Padma Bhujangasana on a SUP

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Tip: Work on your Padmasana (Lotus Pose) before trying this pose, as it is this asana’s starting point.

We spend so much time sitting, or sometimes just slouching forward that we need to incorporate some yummy chest-opening, spine-extending poses into our daily lives. This wonderful backbend to practice on a paddleboard. It also works to opens your hips. Practice this energizing and strengthening asana to relieve stress and fatigue.

Get into it:

From Padmasana (seated), place your hands in front of you and begin to roll forward. If you’re on a smaller SUP, make sure you start slightly behind center. As you lean forward, arch your spine into a backbend. Press your pelvic bone downwards and activate your thigh muscles. Raise your eyes and chin and gaze upwards.

 

Benefits:

  • Alleviates lower back pain cause by a herniated disc.
  • Improves the flexibility of the spine.
  • Stretches the chest, shoulders, abdomen and neck.
  • Strengthens the back, triceps and buttocks.
  • Improves blood circulation.
  • Known to benefit those whose suffer from asthma.
  • Soothes sciatica.

Counter poses:

  • Balasana (Child’s Pose)
  • Uttanasana (Forward fold)
  • Paschimattanasana (Seated forward fold)

Contraindications:

Avoid Padma Bhujangasana if you have recently undergone abdominal surgery or if you have Carpal Tunnel Syndrome.

Always work within your own range of limits and abilities. If you have any medical concerns, talk with your doctor before practicing yoga.




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