The Laser Spine Institute is celebrating National Yoga Month in a big social media way. (And giving out prizes that people are literally bending over backwards to receive.)
Next week LSI is about to host a yoga challenge that will last 7 days to promote back health. Their campaign is called the LSI Yoga Challenge and it’s all about promoting positive exercises for your spinal health.
How to enter:
Each day of the 7 day contest, the Facebook and Twitter pages of the Laser Spine Institute will post a yoga pose that promotes positive health for your spine. Contest participants simply need to snap a pic of themselves positioned in that move and post it to one of their social media pages with the accompaniment of the hashtag #LSIYogaChallenge. If you’re on Twitter be sure to tag it @LaserSpine. So whip out your iPhones, Androids or tablets and strike a pose!!
- 6 of the winners will receive a LSI yoga mat and water bottle
- The 1 grand prize winner will be given $500 towards yoga studio costs at the studio of their choice. Additionally, they’ll get a LSI yoga mat, water bottle, towel, and gym bag.
Head here for the complete contest rules.
But, yoga can(and should) be practiced regularly to help with back pain….not just when there’s a social media contest happening.
Yoga Poses to Soothe Back Pain:
- Downward-Facing Dog: Perhaps the most classic yoga pose, this pose helps the large muscles of your lower back to stretch so that you gain better posture and ability to lift items. To do it, start on your hands and knees with your hands in front of your shoulders, extend your legs behind you straight and lift you tailbone in the air.
- Pigeon Pose: Although yoga novices might have a bit of trouble with this one, stretching tight hips are a surprising way to ease lower back pain. To this begin in the downward-facing dog pose but then bring your left knee to the front and turn it out so your left leg is bent and perpendicular to your other one.
- Child’s Pose: Although it appears to be a resting pose, the child’s pose is actually is a really great way to take that stress of your back from a long day. All you need to do is to get on your knees with your arms stretched in front of you and hold that position for 5-10 breaths.
- Triangle Pose: You can add some positive strengthening to your legs and back with the triangle pose. All you need to do is stand with your legs spread like triangles and reach to your foot with your other arm extended in the air for 5-10 breaths and then switch sides.
- Cat and Cow Pose: When you’re struggling with an achy or sore back, loosen up your back with the cat and cow pose. It’s simple. Get on all fours and start arching your back by scooping your spine and repeat about 10 times or so.