Because of its emphasis on proper posture, yoga can help reverse the “swayback” curve that occurs in postural lordosis.
To correct this “swayback” curve, you must learn to “tuck your tailbone under” to help flatten the low back through the engagement of the abdominal and core muscles of the body. Use poses that round the low back engage the “tailbone tuck” to reverse the “swayback” curve and to stretch the muscles of the low back. Building strength through poses that engage the core muscles of the abdominals and low back will be most helpful. Spine lengthening poses promote good posture and proper alignment of the vertebrae.
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Cautions and Contraindications: Lordosis caused by osteoporosis, severe scoliosis, spondylolisthesis, and ankylosing spondylitis may benefit from the therapeutic use of these poses, but it is highly recommended that you consult with a medical professional before starting a yoga practice. If the spine has developed Osteoporosis or Osteopenia, deep backbends like camel, bow and wheel can be painful and even cause injury and should be avoided or approached with great caution.
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