Practice Yoga for a Happier Back

Divine You Mag - Practice Yoga for a Happier Back

Divine You Mag – Practice Yoga for a Happier Back

Yoga is an ancient practice that unites the body, mind, and spirit through physical and mental exercises. Many back pain patients incorporate yoga into their treatment plan because of the physical and mental (relaxation) benefits they receive from the practice.

Here are three easy poses to help you feel relieved from pain in very little time.

  1. Seated side bend

Begin on the floor in a cross-legged, seated position called sukhasana, or easy pose. You may sit on the edge of a folded blanket to ease the strain on your knees and hips if needed. Root down through the sit-bones as you reach an arm overhead and lean to one side. [1]

  1. Downward-Facing Dog

This classic yoga pose is a great total body stretch that targets back extensors, or the large muscles that help form your lower back, support your spine, and help you stand and lift objects. Try it: Start on your hands and knees, with your hands slightly in front of your shoulders. Pressing back, raise your knees away from the floor and lift your tailbone up toward the ceiling. [2]

  1. Locust Pose

Locust is a great way to strengthen your back and buttocks. Lie on your stomach with your arms beside you, palms up, you and your forehead flat on the floor. Slowly lift your head, torso, arms, and legs away from the floor. As you do this, your thighs should be rotated in slightly and you want to feel your body elongate from head to toe. Hold this for 30 seconds to a minute. If you’re up for it, relax and repeat two to three times. [3]

When it comes to back pain, prevention is the key to a long and pain-free life, but listening to your body is also extremely important. Don’t force any posture that could cause injury. If your pain is extreme, you may want to seek medical attention.

At Divani Apollon Palace & Thalasso we have our yoga experts that can help you with any issue you might have.

Happy healing through yoga!

[1] Information based on http://www.today.com/series/morning-routine/3-yoga-poses-happier-day-t102430
[2] Information based on   http://www.everydayhealth.com/back-pain-pictures/best-yoga-poses-to-soothe-back-pain.aspx#02
[3] Information based on   https://www.doyouyoga.com/10-yoga-postures-for-back-pain/