When looking at medical terminology or exercises, it is common to see the phrase “supine position.” When a person lies on their back, facing upward, they are in this posture. Anatomially, supine refers to the dorsal side being down and the ventral side facing up.


1. Exercises

The supine position is one of the most popular starting positions for yoga and pilates exercises, as well as various breathing exercises. Many postures that involve lying supine work the core muscles, such as the rectus abdominis, transverse abdominis, and obliques. Sometimes, supine exercises work the back and gluteal muscles, as well. Physical therapists and other experts will often recommend supine exercises for alleviating back pain.

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