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10 Feel-Better Yoga Moves

Battle your daily aches and pains with these healing poses and positions
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Thanks to desk jobs, sky-high shoes and fitness classes gone awry, it seems like there's always some body part that's aching or out of whack. While it's tempting to find relief inside your well-stocked medicine cabinet, sometimes all your body needs is a little finessing, by way of some quality time on the yoga mat.

Yoga has been known to increase flexibility, reduce stress and even cure headaches. Its gentle, fluid movement helps lubricate joints, reduce muscle tension and improve flexibility — without any wear or tear. And whereas a pain reliever can only mask pain, yoga might actually cure it (but be sure to check with your doctor first). That's why we had NYC-based yoga instructor Chrissy Carter walk us through the best healing yoga poses. Whether you have pounding tension headaches or Quasimodo shoulders, there's a yoga pose that can help. Click ahead to get your yogi-approved Rx for every problem area.

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For pounding migraines
Try: Head-Supported Child's Pose

Why: This restful pose is an easy way to reduce stress and tension headaches. The added head support helps relieve tension in the back of the neck.

Start in Child's Pose -- knees are hip's distance apart, feet touching. Sit back on your heels and fold forward over your thighs. Place your forehead on a block. "The skin of the forehead should move down towards the nose, which has a calming effect, rather than being pulled up towards the forehead," Carter says.

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For an aching back
Try: Constructive Rest Pose

Why: This passive position helps neutralize the back and realign your spine.

Lay down on your back, knees bent and feet flat on the floor. Position your feet slightly wider than hip's distance and let the knees fall together. Place your hands on your body and relax your shoulders. Breathe here for five to 10 minutes.

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For hunched shoulders
Try: Locust Pose

Why: By working the upper back muscles, this pose helps improve posture and relieve the stress and tension your shoulders carry when you're constantly slouching forward.

Lie on your stomach with arms at your sides and rest your forehead on the mat. Extend feet behind you, hip-width apart, and press your weight evenly across the tops of both feet. Inhale and lift your chest and arms, palms facing down. Reach your arms back toward your feet. Use your inner thighs to lift your legs up toward the ceiling. Breathe here for 30 seconds and slowly release, taking your left ear to the mat. Repeat, and finish resting your right ear on the mat upon release.

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For a lingering cold
Try: Reclined Bound Angle Pose

Why: This restorative pose supports the immune system by improving circulation and encouraging the body's natural healing process.

Lay down on your back. Bring the soles of your feet to touch and open your knees wide, like a book. Relax your arms down by your sides, palms facing up. For extra support, lie down on a bolster or pillow to support your spine, and prop up both knees with a folded blanket or pillow. Close your eyes and breathe in the position for five to 15 minutes.

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