This is an excellent exercise to safely strengthen the low back as well as improve the general flexibility of the spine. It is a modified yoga posture.
- Lie on your stomach on the floor.
- Place your hands under your face, palms down with your elbows bent outward and forearms resting on the floor, as if you were sleeping with your head resting on your arms. This is your rest position between the exercise repetitions.
- Move your hands outward like a “sphinx” and press your chest and shoulders upward slightly, arching your spine and keeping your head in neutral alignment.
- Hold this position for 10 seconds or so, and release slowly back to start position.