When you are in pain, the last thing you want to do is twist yourself into a pretzel doing yoga poses, right?
Well, yes and no…
If you are still in extreme pain, you probably have to wait for the “flare up” or inflammation to subside a little before doing ANY form of stretching or exercising. However, if you are feeling ok enough to stretch even a little, you can do basic movements that may help relieve your pain. If you have never done yoga before, you will be happy to know that not all of the poses will leave you feeling like a body contortionist. In fact, many yoga poses are simple… and others that are more difficult can be modified for beginners or people experiencing yoga.
Why Does Yoga Help with Back Pain?
Back pain is more often than not a result of muscular imbalances in the body. When muscles are not balanced, the body and spine is pulled out of proper alignment and can put pressure on nerves and cause damage to your discs.
Caution: Yoga classes can be a great way to try yoga, and experience the many benefits of the practice. However, if you are dealing with pain or other serious medical conditions, you should let your instructor know prior to the start of class so that they will not pressure you to push farther than you should.
*If you do not feel comfortable doing yoga in public, find some online videos or purchase a DVD so you can try it at home.
Yoga (When Performed Properly) Can Be an Excellent Way to Prevent Back Pain From Returning
Additional Benefits of Yoga : Besides helping you stretch tight muscles and strengthen the weak ones, yoga will help you in the following ways.
*Increase Oxygen and Blood Flow Throughout the Body
*Reduce Stress and Anxiety
*Improve Flexibility and Balance
*Decompress the Spine and Improve Posture
*Helps Prevent Joint Pain and Arthritis
*Burns Calories and Aids in Weight Loss
*Strengthens Core and Lower Back
*Increase Serotonin and Reduce Depression
*Group Yoga Helps You Be Accountable and Supported in Your Journey
Here are a few yoga poses that you can try. Obviously, consult your physician before beginning any type of stretching or exercise program.