Admit it. Over the past year and a half, you’ve learned over your laptop, slouched in front of the TV, and scrolled endlessly on your phone and tablet. And as rough as this has been on our eyes—especially for children—it may also have done a number on our backs. Yoga can help you retrain your posture and reduce back pain. (Always talk to your doctor before starting a new exercise routine.)
With poses for every skill level, yoga can be both accessible and challenging to everyone. Yoga makes you more aware of your body position while strengthening core muscles. The health benefits of yoga may include increased flexibility, stronger muscles, improved balance, relaxation, and better posture.
It doesn’t take much to help improve your posture. Start off with one or two of these yoga poses to see how they make you feel. This 5-minute daily yoga routine can help you sit and stand taller with less pain and strain on your back and neck. Remember: The more you do these poses, the easier they will be.
Chair yoga can break up your workday or add some fitness to your TV time. Watch on-demand sessions on our parent company EmblemHealth’s virtual class library. Or, join us for weekly chair yoga sessions, presented by our affiliate company, ConnectiCare, and EmblemHealth Neighborhood Care.
Bonus Tip: Walk Around
Along with your new yoga poses, we encourage you to get moving. There’s no denying the physical and mental health benefits of walking. Plus, you can get away from screens and enjoy some fresh air.