Child’s Pose Variation: Yoga for Stiff Lower Back

The other night, I must’ve slept funny because I woke up with a stiff lower back. Then I spent hours at my desk which didn’t help. Here’s a simple child’s pose variation that offered me some relief by stretching my lower back. Try this at work, in between patients or at lunch time to give your back a gentle stretch.

Place your feet hip distance apart or wider.

Allow your legs to splay open so your belly can fit in-between your legs.

This likely means angling your feet away from each other.

Place your hands, palms flat, on your desk in front of you.

Slowly start to bend at the hips bringing your torso towards the floor so that your ears are in alignment with your arms.

Allow your lower back to round slightly as you breathe into the tight areas.

Stay for 3-5 breaths.

Then press into your palms as you slowly bring your torso upright, lifting yourself one vertebrae at a time.

Let me know if you try this.

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Dr. Josie Dovidio is a long-time dentist and certified yoga teacher who took a sabbatical from clinical dentistry to address health issues related to prolonged stress. She now helps dental professionals "undo" what dentistry does to the body, mind and soul through her Yoga for Dentists community on Facebook, Instagram, YouTube Channel and Podcast.

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