If you struggle with back pain, you know how it can make even the most basic tasks seen daunting. Something as simple as leaning over can set off those poor, aching muscles. The yoga poses below are aimed at stretching and strengthening your back muscles to give you some natural relief.
Is your back pain constant or severe? I’d highly recommend seeing a doctor before trying yoga for back pain. Yoga poses can certainly help in many situations, but there are back problems that yoga can’t fix. Get an all-clear from your doctor before doing these poses, if you have any concerns.
One of my favorite yoga instructors here in Atlanta – Frani Green – gave me some great advice once that really stuck with me. Her words feel particularly relevant when it comes to using yoga as an alternative therapy, especially yoga for back pain. Her advice? If it hurts, don’t do it. Many fitness regimens ascribe to the “no pain, no gain” mantra, but yoga goes against that grain.
Frani explained that pain is your body telling you something is wrong. Listen to your body, and if one of these postures causes you pain, stop! You may have gone too far into the posture, so simply backing off might help. You may even need to skip this posture for now, and that’s okay! Yoga isn’t about stretching the farthest or holding a pose for the longest. It’s not a competition, and you reap the most benefits by tuning into your body’s signals. Continue reading >>
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