YOGA IN REDUCING BACK PAIN!
DOES YOGA HELP IN REDUCING BACK PAIN?
Of course, however if your back pain is severe, it’s a good idea to talk to your doctor first. Low back pain can be a sign of more serious problems, like a herniated disc, and if that’s the case you’ll want to seek medical help.
CAT COW STRETCH
Move into cat pose by slowly pressing your spine up, arching your back. Hold for a few seconds and then move to cow (pictured at left) by scooping your spine in, pressing your shoulder blades back and lifting your head. Moving back and forth from cat to cow helps move your spine onto a neutral position
DEEP FORWARD FOLD
Stand straight with feet shoulder-width apart, and your knees loose, not locked. While you exhale, hinge at your waist and bend forward, reaching toward the floor. Don’t worry if you can’t reach all the way to the floor at first; just stop wherever your hamstrings feel a comfortable stretch.
Start standing straight with your feet together. Next, lunge your left foot back three to four feet, and point your left foot out at a 45-degree angle. Turn your chest to the side and open up the pose by stretching your right arm toward the ground and the left arm toward the ceiling, keeping both your right and left legs straight. You may not be able to touch the ground with your right arm at first, so don’t over-stretch - while maintaining a straight back.
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.
Bend the right leg and place your foot to the left of your right knee. keep your left leg straight so the knee is pointing upward, Raise your left arm and gently twist to the right, placing your left elbow on the outside of your right knee and your right arm on the floor behind you. Slowly turn your head to the right until you feel a soft stretch in your neck. Hold this for 10 deep breaths, then release and repeat on the opposite side
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(Subject: Back Pain)