Video: Alleviate Back Pain With Restorative Yoga
Reverse some of the miles you’ve put on your spine and lower back with this restorative practice catered for those dealing with chronic back pain.
Try this restorative yoga practice that’s gentle but affective on back pain.
We are only as young as our spine, and as we move into our Zoomer years, the decades of improper repetitive movements, weight gain, injuries, and poor posture can take a toll on our back. Dealing with back pain can be life limiting and impact so many areas of our lives.
There are many causes for back pain, and the pain we are experiencing puts our fight/flight responses of the nervous system into high gear, which further tenses the back, and this can easily take us into a pain loop.
We only have one spine, and it behooves us to maintain our original parts! Thankfully a Gentle Yoga practice is very effective at relieving pain caused by back issues.
How Yoga Helps:
In our practice, we stay out of the pain zone and find a way to work in the boundary between comfort and discomfort. Vanda Scaravelli, a yogini who came to the practice much later in life shares that “The adult spine is rigid and heavy and our yoga practice consists of breaking bad habits and in re-educating the spine so as to bring it back to its original suppleness.”
Awareness is key. We use awareness and the breath to illuminate the areas that are in need of more attention.
This is the essence of our yoga practice. We are uniting our body and its movements and the mind and its movements. Things slow down and our awareness is heightened, and we feel this wonderful energy coursing through the body, freeing up the breath and giving a sense of lightness to the mind as well.”
In a practice for back health, we release the psoas hip flexors on the front of the spine in the area of the low back, then the hip rotators around the glutes, and then the hamstrings, in that order. This frees up long held tension in the hips and legs, which may account for some of the issues causing problems.
Then we take the spine into all directions – a forward fold, a twist, and a backbend, so we can release the spine fully. When we unite the breath with the body and the mind, we definitely sense old energy being released and new energy coming and distributing itself everywhere.