This lateral curve pose opens the chest to work the respiratory system. To help open the chest were stretching the intercostal muscles that are between and around the ribs being stretched.
Push one hand into the chair and pull the other arm above and over the head looking under the arm if it’s comfortable, if not keep looking forward.
This will open the ribs and chest on one side, then repeat on the other side. This also gives a side to side massage to your Vertebrae and stretching the muscles around the spine.
You can hold the pose at at least 30 seconds per side, longer if comfortable and of course modify if uncomfortable or in pain.
These videos are designed for inactive beginners, seniors, baby Boomers and people with most any illness or injury. The majority of these poses are in a chair and most can be done from a wheelchair. I’ll also be posting these videos on my You Tube Channel “Yoga Chuck” and Facebook page “Yoga Chuck”.
All poses should be a No Pain No Pain practice and avoid having discomfort. How long to hold the pose: If pain is above a 5 on a scale of 0-10, then only hold the pose 10-15 seconds, you can repeat this multiple times. If your pain level is 5 or lower you can hold the pose 30 seconds to 1 minute. Listen to your body and make adjustments as needed. Explanation: If you’re pain level is above a 5 then the muscles are actually tightening to protect themselves, so you will no longer be stretching them. This is why you should come in and out of the pose multiple times in order to get a stretch with pain level above a 5.
Happy & Healthy,