Supine yoga poses (poses where the belly faces upwards) can be used to strengthen the back of the body and the front.
Some supine poses can be done using a wall, very handy if you are tired or are flexibility impaired.
They can also be done without a wall.
A very simple supine exercise with feet against the wall is to press your heels against the wall. This can progress to bending your knees and then using your feet to lift your hips.
A pair of poses you can do while supine is side splits followed by bound angle.
For bridge pose focus on using your legs to push your pelvis upwards. Bend your lumbar spine and thoracic spine backwards. As you do so you can shuffle your shoulders closer to your feet. You can also focus on opening your chest. As you open your chest press your shoulders down into the floor.
For this set of exercises lift your hips and then press up on to the crown of your head. Press down with your hands, slowly lift your head an inch off of the floor. Lower, then relax. Repeat three or more times then rest. Repeat one or two times after resting.
For happy baby grab one foot and pull the knee to the floor beside your ribcage. Start with other knee bent and then after pulling knee down reach the other leg forwards and work at touching the heel to the floor.
These can be used as a preparation for both plow pose and shoulder stand. Laying on your back with legs up (and hands forwards) reach your legs back and lift your hips. Use your hands to help initially. Lower and repeat. Then try it with your hands reaching back (not shown.) Work at a slow and controlled lifting and lowering action.
Lying supine with legs (and arms) reaching up, reach legs and arms forwards (hold on to your thighs if you need to) and sit up, balancing on your butt without touching feet to the floor. Slowly lay back down, lifting legs and arms and resting head on the floor. Then repeat three or more times. If you have to use your hands to help, work at gradually relaxing your arms to the point that you can do this action without using them to help.
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Arm supported yoga poses can be used to strengthen the arms and shoulders. Includes plank, chaturanga dandasana, downward dog, dolphin pose, side plank, wheel, reverse plank, table top pose.
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