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    Poses You Do On Your Back

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    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.

    Supine Poses Using a Wall

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    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.

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    A pair of poses you can do while supine is side splits followed by bound angle.

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    For happy baby (one leg at a time) try to draw one knee to the floor beside your ribcage. Doing splits with one heel against a wall and the other reaching past your head, focus on making both legs active. Press the heel against the wall. Pull the other foot down into the floor. (Use yoga blocks or a chair if you can't yet reach the floor.)

    Supine Poses Away from the Wall

    Supine Lumbar Extension Practice

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    Supine Yoga poses, bridge pose prep: lordosing lumbar spine, neil keleher, sensational yoga poses.
    This exercise is a warm up for bridge pose. Practice arching your lumbar spine and thoracic spine off of the floor. To do so focus on pulling your tailbone towards your shoulders. Or focus on pushing your pubic bone away from your chest.

    Supine Hip Flexion 1 Practice

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    With both legs lifted, focus on pulling one leg back without lifting the hip. Relax and then switch. Repeat about five times per leg. Work at slowly contracting and slowly releasing.

    Supine Lumbar Extension with Hips Lifted

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    Supine Yoga poses, bridge pose prep; lordosing lumbar spine, neil keleher, sensational yoga poses.
    Next repeat the lumbar/thoracic extension exercise but with hips lifted. Here again focus on moving your pubic bone or tailbone so that your pelvis tilts forwards and your lumbar spine arches rearwards.

    Supine Hip Flexion 2 Practice

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    For this exercise lift one leg and leave the other leg on the floor but with knee pointing upwards. First pull the lifted leg rearwards. Keep it active and then push down into the floor with the other leg. Relax, switch legs and repeat, 5 times for each leg.

    Bridge

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    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.

    Reverse Push Ups

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    With hands beside your head focus on pressing your hands down into the floor. Lift your ribcage. Lower and then repeat.

    Dead Dog

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    Lying supine with arms and legs reaching up, lift your pelvis and then your upper back. Hold this position for a few breaths. If too difficult, try holding your feet with your hands while exhaling then release your hands while inhaling.

    Crown Push Ups

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    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.

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    Wheel Pose

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    If you are able to lift your head off of the floor in the previous exercise, work at straightening your elbows. Work at pressing all the way up, pause, lower and then repeat. Then work towards holding wheel pose. Gradually increase hold time either counting seconds or breaths.

    Supine Side Spits

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    While supine reach both legs out to the sides. Work at pulling your feet towards your face.

    Supine Bound Angle

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    With knees bent place your feet together and hold on with both hands. Pull back on your feet with your hands. Push into your hands with your feet and push your knees forwards also. You could also do this one leg at a time first, preventing the foot from crossing your center line.

    Happy Baby

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    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.

    Supine Hamstring Stretch

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    Lift a leg and Grab the shin, ankle or foot. Keeping your back on the floor pull the thigh towards your chest. Hold for five or so breaths and then reach the leg to the side.

    Roll to Plow Pose

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    Rolling Sit Ups

    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.

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    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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