Slip into a quiet practice. Restorative yoga is a passive practice utilizing breathing exercises, long held posture, and props to deeply rest tissues of the body, and calm the mind.Yoga is considered to be a safe method of pain management for those who are in significant lower back pain. According to a study by the Archives of Internal Medicine, taking 12 weeks of weekly yoga classes not only improved overall back function but it also reduced symptoms for suffers of chronic lower back pain. Those who participated in the study even reported that they required less medication to relieve the effects of their back pain. So why not try yoga for lower back pain yourself. Supported Restorative Backbends by Judith Hanson Lasater
1. Yin Pose for Stiff Lower Back
In this video, Esther shows you a simple but brilliant Yin pose for when your lower back is stiff and painful. Make sure you warm up before you do this practice.
2. Lower Back Relief
If your lower back hurts these few simple poses will help relieve the pain.
3. Hamstring and Lower Back Relief
Esther demonstrates Reclining Big Toe pose, or Supta Padangustasana. This pose helps to open the hips and the hamstrings and relieves lower back pain. This short sequence is great as a warm up for an entire yoga practice as well as being therapeutic for high blood pressure and infertility.
4. Supported Restorative Backbends
This class is all about supported backbends. Bending forward is a large part of our daily routine. We lean forward and sit at the computer facing forward. These restorative poses, guided by Judith Hanson Lasater, will help undo the constant habit of this action to help you relieve tension and reduce pain. Backbends do not need to be strenuous or intense in order to feel the benefits. These poses are more about opening rather than stretching.