Yoga for Back PainBy:Jamie Arnold
Yoga has been promoted – it’s no longer an exotic trend catering solely to the granola crowd. It’s a certifiable solution to the toll stress can take on our bodies, and everybody’s getting on board. It was first touted as a way to align the mind and the soul, but it’s become a soothing solution for people with chronic back pain issues. Many back pain sufferers have found, over time, Yoga calms some of their ailments like kyphosis and other misalignments of the spine; in some cases helping to reverse the condition.
Whether they’re celebrities or civilians, gym junkies or couch potatoes, devotees of this ancient practice aren’t just fine tuning their chi, they’re actually strengthening their spines and fending off some of the physical challenges associated with aging.
“Yoga is the fountain of youth. You’re only as young as your spine is flexible” – Bob Harper
We’re all prone to developing upper or lower back pain, especially if we lead sedentary lives or have other risk factors. And, even if it’s difficult to fit another “thing” on our plates, incorporating Yoga into our routine is a real simple way to bring balance into our lives.
“Yoga doesn’t take time, it gives time” – Ganga White
Some Easy Yoga Poses that Relieve Lower Back Pain
- Big Toe Pose – Spread feet shoulder-width apart. Bend down and breathe deeply. Grab onto toes. Hold for one minute; inhale, then exhale. Come back up slowly while rolling the spine.
- Chair Pose – Raise arms above head. Take a deep breath. Bend knees and lower torso to from a 90-degree angle with the legs. Hold for 30 seconds to a minute. Straighten legs slowly. Raise the torso and lower arms at the sides.
- Bridge – Lie flat on the floor. Bring your knees up. Breathe in. Raise pelvis until entire body is balanced on shoulders. Hold for 30 seconds to one minute before lowering back to the floor. Repeat.
- Dolphin Plank – Get into push-up position with lower arms on the floor. Hold for as long as you can while tightening abdominals. Breathe in and out deeply before releasing.
- Extended Triangle Pose – Stand with legs about four feet apart. Extend arms out to the sides parallel to the ground. Turn right foot slightly inward and extend the left foot outward. Lower torso toward the left foot. Bring right arm above your head. Arms should be positioned exactly vertical to the ground. After 30 seconds to one minute, switch sides. (Courtesy of YogaJournal.com)
Find relief for back problems and de-stress your mind with the wholesome benefits of Yoga. When you end on a healthier note each day, the rest of your life will fall into place.
“Yoga is 99% practice and 1% theory” – Sri Krishna