Repost from our previous blog site hooptricks.org - originally published on May 8, 2015 at 7:33am
Everyone has a different way of doing chest rolls with the hula hoop. If you're the type who likes to bend backwards during this trick, then chances are, you've experienced a sore lower back after a session of practicing various chest rolls. These four yoga poses are great for releasing the tension, and to help relieve some pain, from practicing chest rolls.
4 Yoga Poses for Chest Rolls
Stand up straight, with your feet together, rooted to the ground. Slowly, bend forward at the waist, reaching your fingers towards the ground. Relax your neck, and let your gaze be soft.
From forward bend, step your right leg backwards, keeping your feet aligned. Tuck your pelvis, and reach your right arm up towards the sky. Repeat the pose with your left leg in the back, left arm to the sky. This pose, on either side, is good for relieving back ache and strengthening the spine.
With your arms and legs straight, feet and hands rooted to the ground, form a downwards "V" with your body. Lift your rib cage and square your shoulders. Keep your heart open. This pose relieves back pain and fatigue.
Lastly, from a kneeling position, leave a space between the legs, and point the toes towards each other. Bend forwards and extend the arms out in front of you. Alternatively, leave your arms laying at your sides, pointing behind you. Relax deeply in this pose. Rest your forehead on the ground and turn your gaze inwards. This pose stretches your hips and relieves any residual tension in your body. Try placing a blanket or block between your torso and lap, to stretch your back in whatever way you need.Finally, don't forget to use back and shoulder rolls to release tension from arching your back! Happy Spinning!