There are many causes of back pain, and many different areas that can be affected. However, one thing is true for all cases: no one wants to suffer from any type of back pain. Yoga can be an excellent way to relieve back pain. Pranamaya Yoga Media offers DVD options so that you can find the best yoga DVD for back pain as it relates to your specific case.
Upper Back and Body
Tens of thousands of people suffer from upper back pain. Tightness and aching of the neck, shoulders, and upper back area can be caused by many factors, such as slouching, improper lifting, accidents, injuries, or a chronic illnesses. Regardless of the reason, certain essential yoga poses can help you target the problem areas and offer you relief.
In this pose your hands are on or near the ground, legs are straight, and your weight is shifted onto your toes allowing your back to open up. Hold this pose while you take in multiple deep breaths.
Cat Cow Pose
Start with your knees and hands on the floor. Upon exhale, round the spine upwards and bring the chin in. When you inhale, slowly arch your back and raise your head.
The best yoga DVD for back pain will teach you these and similar moves that address upper back pain. One option is Pranamaya’s DVD for shoulders, neck, and upper back, available here.
Lower Back Pain
A common problem area for many people, the lower back can ache for many reasons. One of the most common reasons is prolonged sitting. Think about it: if you have a job where you work at a desk, then you spend the majority of your day in a seated position. This also includes your commute to and from work and then, for many people, an hour or two unwinding in front of the television.
The good news is that yoga poses can help, and the best yoga DVD for back pain will teach you movements to reduce or relieve pain.
Start with your stomach on the floor and use your forearms to prop yourself up. With your elbows under your shoulders, press your weight into your palms and feet and then push your pubic bone forward. Hold this pose for one to three minutes. You can also adapt this post and use your palms.
Pranamaya features a lower back pain DVD that will eliminate lower back pain and rejuvenate your body.
Chronic Back Pain
All of the aforementioned poses can be helpful for chronic back pain, and the best yoga DVD for back pain will include some or all of these poses. There are also additional poses that can be helpful for back pain in general.
In this stretch you will lie on your back, align your glutes directly against a wall, straighten your feet, and relax your spine.
Dwipada Pitham, or The Bridge Pose
Begin by lying on your back with your arms by your sides. Please your feet hip distance apart. Inhaling, lift the pelvis and back upwards. Hold for five breaths. Exhaling, return to starting position.
For a complete back care series, check out this DVD from Pranamaya.
Back pain can stem from a variety of places, but finding a yoga routine that focuses on specific areas can be very helpful. The best yoga DVD for back pain will be one that targets the area(s) bothering you and one that features poses for your ability level.