Are you suffering from back pain? Yoga might just be the practice that will alleviate your aches. Back pain can be caused by a number of factors – whether it’s from sitting at a desk all day, lifting heavy loads, snowboarding, or stress related tension. You might not even be sure exactly where the pain is originating from.
People who practice yoga are twice as likely to cut back on medication for their back pain, according to a study in the Archives of Internal Medicine.
Yoga poses help strengthen back muscles which are essential the muscular movement of the spine and helping the body keep an upright position. Yoga also helps stretch out tight muscles and decrease stress in places like the lower back.
The meditation side of yoga may also change the way you perceive pain and therefore reduce the overall feeling of pain in your back.
These yoga poses will stretch the back in all directions, provide some emotional relaxation and hopefully give you some relief from back pain.