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Yoga fitness expert / former WWE star Trish Stratus  shows us the exercises that helped her recover from her career ending back pain.

Trish Stratus' Stratusphere Yoga poses

1. Bridge Pose (Modified - 3 Steps)
  • Lay on back with knees bent, arms along your side, palms on the ground and lift hips up (hold for a few breaths) then lower
  • Lift hips and place a block under the lower back and rest on block (can do this with both levels of the block, lifting hips higher each time)
  • Remove the block, keeping hips raised, roll onto the shoulders to interlace hands under the back
2. Knees to chest
  • Knees to chest
  • Rock side to side massaging the lower back
  • Try to bring shoulders close to the ground while lengthening spine along ground
3. Spinal twists
  • Lying down with legs out straight, open arms into a 'T' position
  • Bend one knee and place opposite hand on the outside of raised knee
  • Pull raised knee across your body towards the ground while you turn your gaze the opposite way

4. Cat / cow stretch
  • On hands and knees, curl your forehead towards your pelvis as you round your back
  • Then bring your gaze towards the ceiling as you arch your back and open your chest
5. Upward dog and cobra
  • From cow pose, drop your hips to the ground while straightening your arms and find yourself in upward dog
  • Bending your elbows, lower your chest towards the ground while keeping arms tight to your ribs and gaze upwards to find yourself in cobra

6. Child's pose
  • Press your sit bones back to your heels and place forehead to the ground with arms reached out to release tension in the lower back
For more information visit www.TrishStratus.com

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