Health Benefits of Sphinx Pose
Sphinx pose is also a pose used a lot in Yin yoga. The idea is to hold this pose for minutes at a time in Yin yoga. The benefits being that it creates and maintains a healthy lower back curve. Long periods of sitting and growing older seem to cause low-back flatness. Low-back flatness seems to be the cause of back pain and lots of other other back problems.
I really recommend practicing Sphinx pose for minutes at a time, especially if you experience stiffness in your back. Sphinx pose can help you work through this stiffness. Of course if you already have back pain and problems, consult with your doctor to make sure it’s safe for you to practice this pose.
When you practice Sphinx pose minutes at a time, try and relax in the pose as much as you can (Yin style).
I practiced this pose for a couple of weeks, every day for about 5 minutes- though I did increase the length when my back was ready. It made all the difference in a healthy and pain free lower back, increasing flexibility in my spine and thus becoming more comfortable in back bending poses.
You can practice Sphinx pose in many ways to make it right for your body.
Benefits of Sphinx Pose
- Stretches and lengthens the spine
- Stretches the chest, lungs, shoulders and abdomen
- Firms the buttocks
- Helps relieves stress
- Calms the mind
- If the neck is dropped back, the thyroid will also be stimulated.
- In the full Seal pose, the stomach may receive a lovely stretch, as well.