Kiss That Back Pain Goodbye
With the stress of everyday life, it’s almost impossible to avoid getting back pain. The constant mental and physical strain we put on ourselves is detrimental to our bodies. There is a way to relieve some of that stress, however, and it comes in the form of yoga poses. Setting aside some time during the day to do a couple of these poses will help you feel better mentally and physically, all while relieving that pesky back pain.
Reclining twist (supta matsyendrasana)
Lay with your back flat on the floor, knees bent, and arms on either side of your head. While keeping your shoulders on the floor, rotate your knees to one side so they are touching the floor. Hold it on this side for eight breaths before bringing your hips back to the center and repeating on the opposite side.
Downward Facing Dog
Start on your hands and knees, with your hands slightly in front of your shoulders. Pressing back, raise your knees away from the floor and lift your tailbone up toward the ceiling. For an added hamstring stretch, gently push your heels toward the floor. Hold the position for 5 to 10 breaths.
This pose elongates the spine alleviating some of that pain. Start on all fours with your arms stretched out straight in front of you, then sit back so your glutes (butt muscles) come to rest just above — but not touching — your heels. Hold the position for 5 to10 breaths, and repeat as many times as needed for a good, soothing stretch.
This may seem like an odd pose to do for back pain but since back pain can sometimes come from tight hips, stretching the hips may help alleviate the pain. Start in downward-facing dog with your feet together. Then draw your left knee forward and turn it out to the left so your left leg is bent and near-perpendicular to your right one; lower both legs to the ground. Hold the position for 5 to 10 breaths, then switch to the other side.
If you have chronic back pain, it’s best you go to a doctor in case it could be something more serious than just stress. If you have the occasional back pain, then these poses are perfect for you, as a beginner in the yoga world or a pro. It only takes a few minutes to incorporate these into your daily routine. If you want to see more poses visit these websites for more information!