5 Yoga Poses to Improve Your Posture

Practice self-love daily with these yoga poses to keep good posture or to reverse improper posture. Good posture not only gives you the look of poise and confidence, but it helps you feel better too. Try out these five yoga moves to feel great and look longer and leaner in minutes.

Sphinx Pose (Salamba Bhujangasana)
• Start by lying on your stomach with big toes together and arms on either side of body.
• Place elbows underneath shoulders, forearms parallel to one another.
• Pull chest forward between arms as you press shoulders down and together on back.
• Lightly press pelvis into the ground. Breathe here for 5 to 10 deep breaths.

Locust Pose (Salabhasana)
• Start by lying face down on mat, big toes together.
• Clasp hands behind sacrum. Use a big inhale to lift chest and feet off the ground.
• Take 5 to 10 deep breaths.

Bow Pose (Dhanurasana)
• Start by lying face down. Bend knees and grab ankles with hands.
• Press feet away from head, ankles into hands, keeping knees hip-width apart, and lift chest off the ground.
• Stay here for 5 to 10 deep breaths.

Four-Limbed Staff Pose (Chaturanga Dandasana)
• Start in plank position. Reach back through heels, engage navel to spine, and soften through elbows, reaching them straight back until forearms graze the sides of ribcage.
• Find your long spine and keep a slight chin tuck. Breathe here for 5 to 10 deep breaths.

L-Handstand with Wall Support
• Measure a leg’s distance away from the wall to determine where to put your hands on the ground.
• Face away from the wall on all fours. Place hands shoulder-width apart on the ground where you measured your leg distance.
• Walk feet up the wall until body forms an “L” position, letting head fall toward the ground.
• Try to line up shoulders and wrists as best as you can; hips will move beyond them. Stay here for 5 to 10 deep breaths.