Back Release Pose / Eye of the Needle Pose

This stretch opens the hips and lubricates the hip joints as it massages and cleanses the inner abdominal organs. It also frees the shoulders and alleviates stiffness in the neck. This stretch relieves compression of the sciatic nerve by stretching the glutes, piriformis and lower back.

These muscles often tense up and cause lower back pain, so it is a good idea to keep them stretched on a regular basis.