If you’ve ever suffered from back pain, be it a fleeting twinge or a long-term debilitating condition, you know how much it can impact your life. A healthy spine and strong core are essential for feeling your best physically, emotionally, and mentally. Luckily, yoga can help. This week we’re excited to bring you four classes specifically designed to alleviate back pain and techniques to prevent it in the future.
Often we think of back pain as a purely physical issue, but it’s not so simple.
Back pain often doesn’t have a physical cause, but instead is caused by the manifestation of mental or emotional stress. Yes, injuries to your spinal discs, spraining or straining muscles and ligaments, or suffering a specific injury to your back or neck is physical.
In yoga, we address not just the physical body, but also the subtle body, which is a blueprint of the physical one. The Sushumna Nadi runs from the Muladhara Chakra to the Sahasrara Chakra at the crown of the head, along the spine. When energy is blocked in this channel, pain often manifests in the tissues. Yoga can help free up your life force or prana in this central channel and assist in creating a pain-free healthy back, inside and out.
Back pain has become an epidemic around the world. In fact, it’s the number two reason people visit their doctor. Unfortunately, doctors tend to prescribe medicine to mask the symptoms or perform surgery. Sadly, less than half of these surgeries provide any type of long-term relief and there is even an acronym for this problem: failed back surgery syndrome. The truth is that the majority of back pain heals without any significant medical intervention. Here’s where a program utilizing yoga comes to the rescue.
Regardless of why you’re in pain, yoga can help.
By creating openings in your physical body, your mind and heart will benefit as well. This Heal Your Back Pain program is designed to do just that. For those suffering with back pain, these classes will provide relief and give you tools to help you alleviate and heal your back pain moving forward. These specially designed practices will also strengthen your core and back to prevent any further injury, while healing old ones.
In addition to targeting your yoga practice, take charge and establish some healthy new habits and eliminate some patterns that might be contributing to back pain. If you have a sedentary job, get up and walk around every hour, if you slump, roll your shoulders back and stand up straight, and if you are under undue stress at work or in your personal life, manage your stress with exercise and yoga.
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1. Yoga for a Healthy Back - Claire Petretti Marti
2. Yoga for Back Pain 2 - Jackie Casal Mahrou
3. Bye Bye Back Pain - Kristin Gibowicz
4. Power Yoga for a Healthy Back - Kristin Gibowicz
5. Core Strength - Pradeep Teotia
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