It's no secret that desk jobs aren't the best for your back, but I never really realised just how bad they could be until I started my first job a few years ago. Despite working out regularly, using a standing desk, and going for frequent walks (all things I knew were supposed to alleviate the pain), I'd come home at night and wake up in the mornings with a stiff and painful back.
Turns out there are some things only yoga can cure. I turned to one of my favourite yogi YouTubers, Boho Beautiful, and decided to try her strength- and recovery-focussed "Yoga For Back" video. It starts off gently, which is perfect for an on-and-off yoga practitioner like me, with a soothing back massage in Child's Pose. You transition to Cat-Cow, which provides wonderful relief for my lower back, neck, and spine, then go into a few strengthening movements for your back muscles.
The best part, though, is at the end. From the comforting posture of Knees to Chest, you slide straight into my favourite yoga pose, Supine Spinal Twist. This posture feels like I'm wringing all the tension out of my back, arching and stretching my muscles while melting into the ground. By the time I untwist and finish the video, my back feels loose, strong, and pain-free.
Yoga can't solve every pain, and you should talk to a doctor before performing this yoga sequence if you have a history of back problems. But for me, this gentle and effective yoga video hits the spot when I come home from work or wake up in the morning with an ache in my back. Join me on the mat to feel the soothing release for yourself.