Poses For Posture

Yoga can improve posture and eventually aid in minimizing the symptoms of TMJ (temporomandibular disorder) and chronic neck and back pain. With research, we provided a few of our favorites used to this day. 

Research the Problem

Visiting the dentist this month, I was told about the increase in TMJ (temporomandibular disorder) diagnoses they’ve had with young adults over the past five years. “It’s because of the way most people are constantly looking down at their cell phones, pushing their neck forward and adhering to a consistent bad posture,” says Dr. Nash. 

Having TMJ myself, I wanted to research further just how popular bad posture has become. 

According to the Arthritis Center for Disease, up to 80% of Americans have suffered from chronic back pain within their lifetime, contributing directly to poor posture.

Addition research documented by North Carolina chiropractor, Roger Freed, explained the common mistake of forward head posture. He said, “Nearly 90% of the United States’ population lead forward with their necks, which often gets worse when working on a computer, driving, or watching television in bed.”

Find the Solution

A routine sequence of yoga poses can help correct posture, alleviating current to long term pain and disorders. According to The American Chiropractic Association (ACA), The research of the Northwestern Health Sciences University provides strong evidences that “spinal manipulation for back pain is just as effective as a combination of medical care and exercise.”

Further researching which specific yoga poses aided in this restoration, below are twelve that I have recently benefited from after only a few weeks to improve my posture (including a video of the sequence below):

  1. Mountain Pose (Tadasana)

2. Standing Backbend (Anuvittasana)

3. Double Angle Pose (Dwikonasana)

4. Ragdoll Pose (Uttanasana variation)

5. Chair Pose (Utkatasana)

6. Low Lunge or variation (Anjaneyasana)

7. Cat Pose (Marjaryasana)

8. Cow Pose (Bitilasana)

9. Upward Facing Dog (Urdhva Mukha Svanasana)

10. Bridge Pose (Setu Bandha Sarvangasana)

11. Reverse Tabletop (Ardha Purvottanasana)

12. Cow Face Pose (Gomukhasana)

We would love to hear your personal results from practicing your good posture, feel free to share!