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Yoga For Lower Back Pain

Yoga can be amazing for sorting out lower back pain.

Lower back pain is super common now and I have had my fair share of it in the past.

Over the years, I can truthfully say, that yoga has helped me more than anything else I have tried.

A few ad hoc poses are not going to work though; you need a plan.   This post will outline what causes lower back pain and how yoga can help.

Read to the end and I will share with you my 3 favourite yoga poses for lower back pain.

What Causes Lower Back Pain?

As a general rule of thumb lower back pain occurs because there is an imbalance in the muscles – often caused by our lifestyle – too much sitting & not enough moving.

The combination of sitting and not moving often encourages us to remain in a single position for long periods of time.  The body doesn’t like this.  Instead, it is designed to move around a lot and in different ways.   Not easy to do whilst driving in a car or working in front of a laptop with deadlines to meet.


Too much sitting and not enough moving:

  •  makes our bum get super lazy!
  •  causes the core to get weak
  •  encourages the hip flexors (the front of our hip area) to get short and tight
  • makes our neck and shoulder muscles become tight
  • contributes to the back muscles having to work super hard to help stabilise the spine (and in doing so get overstretched and tight).

All the above leads to lower back pain (and probably upper back, shoulder and neck pain too).

You can read more about this here.

So, as you might guess there is a lot going on here.  However, before you dive under the duvet and give up, knowledge is power.

All we need to do is choose the yoga poses that will help our particular situation and practice them regularly.   If you need help working that out why not book a few private yoga sessions?  You can find out more here.

Simple Yoga For Lower Back Pain you can try today

I would like to leave you with 3 amazing restorative yoga poses that are safe to try today.  You can even do them in front of the TV.

They work because of the power of gravity.

All three yoga poses are supine (lying down).  This allows gravity to help relax the muscles and gently pull them back into a better alignment.  The magic of these poses is that it doesn’t matter what is going on with your particular back pain – they will give you effective relief and work wonders.

Please do the moves in the order they are taught for the most benefit and leave me a comment to let me know how it goes.

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