A proper body posture comes with a number of benefits for us. For example, it helps with food digestion, decreases the levels of stress, maintains a clear mind, controls the levels of hormones, enhances breathing, and it improves the health in general.
Contrarily, poor body posture increases the risk of back pain, tightness in the chest, and poor blood circulation.
This means that maintaining a good body posture is your responsibility, and if needed, you should do everything you can to correct it. Luckily, there is an easy way to achieve this, by exercising the muscles used in a natural, standing position.
In yoga, they call it the shalabhasana, but it’s also known as the locust pose, and it’s an exercise that helps the muscles tighten and it comes with a lot of benefits. Of course, before doing, if you’re experiencing any pain in your back, you should always talk to your doctor first.
How to Exercise:
Lay down with your face towards the ground. Let your forehead touch the ground, and sprawl your legs.
Your body’s weight will be proportionally allocated on your feet. Keep your hands close to your body. Uplift the top of your body as high as you can, while holding your head up. Take a breath and raise your head. As you’re breathing out, raise your hands up.
Then lift your legs up, with your thighs, while directing the weight of your body on the lower parts of your body (like the ribs, abdomen, and pelvis). Keep this going for 10 seconds up to a minute, and repeat it from 5 to 10 times.
The locust pose will help you achieve a much better body posture, it will tighten the muscles in your torso, back, and legs.
Take a look at the video below to see a detailed explanation of the exercise: