Yoga instructor Brooke Diaz of Yoga Joint recommended daily chest-opening stretches, like this Cobra Pose, for spinal strength. "Each and every day, our back is aging, and back extensions like Cobra and Upward-Facing Dog are extremely helpful for overall strength," she explained. Cobra Pose will also open up your heart and chest, which can release stress and emotional tension.
- Lie on your belly with your legs hips-width distance apart. Extend your arms straight out in front of you.
- As you lift your head up off the ground, begin to slowly walk your hands in, keeping your hips and thighs on the ground, but gently arching your lower back. Walk them in as far as you can, keeping your elbows slightly bent.
- Actively relax, keeping your gaze forward or lowering your head back between your shoulder blades. Stay here for five breaths, opening through the chest and abs, and then lower your torso back to the mat.