Whether it’s at the daily 9 to 5 or during the commute home, we spend countless hours of the day sitting down. This has resulted in a growing trend of lower back pain. It may seem impossible to get rid of back pain once and for all, but did you know that yoga can provide relief? You don’t have to attend expensive classes or worry about exercising in front of a big group. Practice at home with a yoga for lower back pain DVD, like our Viniyoga Therapy for Low Back, Sacrum, and Hips with Gary Kraftsow. With daily practice, targeted exercise can help relieve an aching lower back.
Yoga properly stretches your joints and muscles, and increases the fluidity of your movements. Yoga can also build strength in your back muscles, decreasing your chances of injury and pain.
Don’t worry if you’ve never practiced yoga before. It’s easy to learn at your own pace with a yoga for lower back pain DVD. Here are some basic poses that are ideal for relieving back pain:
Bound Ankle Pose: This is typically the starting point in many yoga practices. Sit on the floor and bring the soles of your feet together in front of you. Pull your heels as close to your body as you can, as you “butterfly” your knees open towards the ground. Once you’ve found a comfortable position, grasp your ankles with your hands, and pull your chest forward and down while keeping your spine as straight as possible. This will help open your hip joints, and relax the inner thighs and groin.
Happy Baby Pose: Here’s a pose that will feel really great on your back and is a good stretch for your legs, as well. It’s typically done after your yoga practice to loosen up, but it can be done any time you need a stretch or a break. You’ll simply roll onto your back, and bring your knees up to your chest. Then you’ll grab the bottom of your feet with your hands, and pull your knees apart so that they point towards the ground, pulling slightly with your hands so that you feel a stretch. You can gently rock back and forth, or relax in this position as long as you’d like.
The Fish Pose: A slightly trickier pose is the Fish Pose, which is great for a good stretch. Sit on the floor with your legs in front of you, then bend one knee and bring your foot as close to your body as you can on the floor. Turn towards your knee, and with the opposite elbow, push against the outside of your knee and turn your gaze behind you. You should feel a nice stretch down your spine. Wait for a few counts, then unwind and switch sides.
There are a ton more positions to learn that will have your back feeling better in no time, so order your yoga for lower back pain DVD today!