Sphinx Stretch

Purpose

The sphinx stretch (or sphinx pose in yoga) is a great exercise to move into gentle lumbar extension and relax the ​lower back muscles.

Set up

Start by laying on your belly on a comfortable surface such as a yoga mat.

Movement

Place your elbows directly under your shoulders and prop yourself up with your forearms flat on the floor. Look straight ahead or slightly downward with a soft gaze.

Hold this position and breathe for 30-60 seconds. Relax by lying flat on your stomach. Repeat after a 30-60 second break.

Tips

  • If this exercise strains your low back, walk your elbows in front of you, which will lead to a smaller bend in the back. You can also place a small pillow under your hips.
  • If you have pain radiating down the legs with this exercise, please seek medical advice.
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