The lower back, or the lumbar region, can be an area that often gets sensitive for most of us at some point in our lives. Pain in the lower back can seriously affect your mood and your day. Caring for your back means developing healthy postural and movement habits and practicing postures and exercises that can build the muscle strength that will give your spine the support it needs.

Yoga can offer a great relief for the pain, as well as provide great preventative care for the future. Medical professionals are even beginning to recommend yoga over medication for the treatment of temporary or chronic low back pain. With your doctor’s permission, try sitting up straight, moving about with more awareness with some easy chair stretches.

Relieve dull aches with a Backbend Arch:

Start seated at edge of chair, placing hands behind you with fingers facing away from hips. Prop yourself up on fingertips, drawing sacrum in and up to lift lower back. Follow backbend all the way up chest to shoulder blades and open up entire front body. Hold and breathe for 8 to 10 breaths, then release.