We all know that pain and fear of injury can stop us from doing the things in life that we really want to do and make us feel...well...just not like ourselves. Ryan came to us experiencing low back pain, which was keeping him from exercising. Ryan was becoming frustrated because when he would exercise, his low back would flair up. He was also getting headaches two to three times a week and neck pain. Ryan’s upper cervical spine was corrected and immediately he felt the pressure off his low back. He has now had four upper cervical corrections and his low back pain, neck pain and headaches are all dramatically improved just by getting his head on straight! Is your head on straight?
Warrior two pose or Virabhadrasana II is one of the most common yoga poses you might see at your local class. Yet often I see this pose done slightly incorrectly that can cause significant aches and pains in time. One of the most common mishaps is when the knee tracks two far over the ankle. This causes sheering forces on the knee and can create strain. Also if your torso is not balanced over the hips this is going to increase strain in the lower back and looses a huge benefit of the posture. The biggest benefit of this posture is to create a strong foundation with your legs.
This posture will tone and increase the strength in your legs and thighs. It also is a great posture to open up and stretch the hip and groin muscles. Additionally with the torso over the hips and the chest open it will strengthen the back muscles and open the front of the chest. All of us on computers drastically need that these days! So next time your getting into this pose be mindful of these tips to get the maximum benefit and prevent injury.