back-pain

The Perfect Posture for a Pain-Free Pregnancy

Jill Miller by Jill Miller | January 10th, 2014 | No Comments
topic: Family Health, Fitness, Yoga | tags: Aligned and Well, baby bump, back-pain, biomechanics, Clicking Sacroiliac joints, Coregeous, diaphragm vacuum, diastasis recti, Dr. Kelly Starrett, Eden Fromberg, Esther Gokhale, EveryDay Paleo, expecting, Gokhale Method, Katy Bowman, Lila Yoga NYC, Moblitywod, neck pain, post-baby body, postnatal workouts, posture, pregnancy, pregnancy posture, pregnant, prenatal, prenatal yoga, Sarah Fragoso, spinal alignment, standing, Yoga Tune Up, Yoga Tune Up Therapy Ball, Yoga Tune Up®

posture for pregnancyOver my career I have worked with thousands of postpartum women who are chasing after the body they had pre-pregnancy. After one, two or several kids, a laundry list of body complaints plagues them:

  • Diastasis recti – a soft-tissue split that occurs down the middle of the rectus and does not reconnect
  • Clicking or painful SI (sacro-iliac) joints
  • Peeing while sneezing, aka, “Snissing”
  • Low back pain
  • A feeling of disconnect from the core

This is just a short list of some of the common after-effects of child-bearing. I know from my students’ own stories that my Yoga Tune Up® approach has helped them to awaken their bodies, heal birth traumas and bring a greater sense of body peace than they had pre-pregnancy. I developed my approach through years of experimentation, study and listening to my students and experts.

But I had not yet been through the rite of passage of pregnancy myself. Until now. I am expecting in late February!

Top 6 Yoga Poses for Back Pain

Sadie Nardini by Sadie Nardini | September 4th, 2013 | 188 Comments
topic: Health & Wellness, Yoga | tags: abs, asanas, back spasms, back strength, back traction pose, back-pain, child's pose, core strength, curvature, down dog, downward facing dog, fists forward bend, forward fold, pigeon, Sadie Nardini, sciatic pain, spinal alignment, spinal discs, spine, support, tension, wall plank, yoga for back pain, yoga poses

Yoga for Back Pain - Forward Fold

Fifteen years ago, I was not acting my age. Since I would recoil from any form of exercise, as well as any green foods, I was overweight, inflexible and debilitated by lower back pain. The 40 extra pounds on my frame — plus tight, shortened back muscles and weak abs — left me moving like an 80-year-old version of myself.

I suffered daily from sciatica, back spasms, limited mobility, weakness, you name it. When I got stuck in my car one day, unable to swing my legs out because of my sciatic pain — at age 23 — I realized, “Something’s gotta change.”

I started reading up and realized a shocking number of people suffer with chronic back pain, partly from hours spent sitting in a way that flattens the lower back curve. (BTW, Gaiam’s Balance Ball Chair, the very one I’m sitting on as I write this, is a great tool to help build core strength and re-align your spine.)

Then, I found yoga. Over time, using some of the same poses I’m showing you here, I built a lean and pain-free body.

Yoga for Road Trips

Gwen Lawrence by Gwen Lawrence | December 7th, 2012 | No Comments
topic: Eco Travel, Fitness, Yoga | tags: back-pain, breathing, breathing techniques, car, dry eyes, eye stretches, Forward Folds, Gwen Lawrence, high gas prices, holiday, holiday travel, inflation, lions pose, low back, road rage, road trip, road trips, shoulder shrugs, shoulders, stress, stretching, summer, tension, tight forearms, travel, vacation, wrist rolls, wrists, Yoga

With air travel rates literally reaching the skies, many people are choosing to drive instead of fly to their holiday destinations. But along with the excitement of your trip, you can expect to feel some anxiety and stress. Not to mention, succumbing to the inevitable frustration of traffic and road rage after spending hours in the car. In order to balance the added stressors that accompany affordable travel, get into the habit of stretching while on the road.

Here are five yoga poses, stretches and breathing techniques to undo the tension of long hours in the car and help you arrive to your destination refreshed and happy.

Yoga Poses for Tight Hamstrings & Back Pain

Gwen Lawrence by Gwen Lawrence | November 8th, 2012 | 5 Comments
topic: Fitness, Yoga | tags: back strain, back-pain, breathe, desk jobs, desk stretches, desk yoga, Gwen Lawrence, hamstrings, herniated disc, injury, legs, low back pressure, lower back, lumbar, Pigeon pose, Plow Pose with straight legs, poses for hamstrings, posture, Seated Forward Bend, short hamstring, short hamstrings, spine, Standing Forward Bend, Standing Forward Bend against the wall, stretch, stretches, stretching, thighs, tight hips, weak abdominals, Wide-Legged Forward Bend, Yoga, yoga poses, yoga poses for hamstrings

Standing Forward FoldEverybody is susceptible to tight hamstrings, from professional athletes to soccer moms. People who spend long hours sitting at a desk or who have rigorous training schedules can especially benefit from a “hammie” stretch or two (or three or four).

What Do You Store in Your Core?

Jill Miller by Jill Miller | July 24th, 2012 | 13 Comments
topic: Fitness, Personal Growth, Yoga | tags: abdominal massage, abdominal pain, abdominal surgery, abdominals, abs, back-pain, bulimia, bulimic, core, Coregeous, eating disorder, emotions, Kelly Starrett, Mobilitywod.com, nauli, nauli kriya, pilates, post-partum, post-partum depression, scar tissue, Yoga, Yoga Tune Up®

Core MassageWhen I was an 18-year-old yogini, I was also an active bulimic. I was in college studying dance, training to be a shiatsu therapist (Japanese pressure point massage), making sandwiches and slicing salami at Jimmy John’s Deli, racing around Chicago learning yoga, and using food to self-medicate.

During that time, I remember never feeling connected to my core, my abdominal muscles. My Pilates teacher was always giving me corrections that I could not embody. In dance class, I was never able to find balance in my turns or jumps, and I would often duck out of class in frustration. Then I would become even angrier with myself because I was a quitter! This would inevitably lead to a binge and purge.

What Is Rolfing?

Eric Gordon by Eric Gordon | July 13th, 2012 | 4 Comments
topic: Fitness, Health & Wellness | tags: back-pain, bodywork, bone structure, chiropractic, chronic pain, connective tissue, fascia, massage, myofascial, neck pain, rolf institute, rolfer, rolfing, shoulder pain, structural integration

RolfingRolfing®. You’ve heard the word before, but you’re not sure exactly what it is, or why someone would do it, right?

As a Certified Rolfer™ of five years, I’ve gotten all kinds of responses from people when I tell them what I do. Often misunderstood or confused with other bodywork therapies, Rolfing is blurred by myths and misconceptions about what it is and isn’t. The unfortunate result of this lack of understanding is that so many people avoid trying Rolfing when they could get so much benefit from it. It could help them in ways that other treatments haven’t. So let me properly introduce you to this amazing work we call Rolfing structural integration.

Is Yoga Therapy Right for You? The Next Wave of Conscious Care

Jill Miller by Jill Miller | April 11th, 2011 | 7 Comments
topic: Fitness, Health & Wellness, Healthy Aging, Yoga | tags: aches, American Viniyoga Institute, back-pain, body, breathing, chronic, core, doctor, donna karan, emotion, Gary Kraftsow, healing, instructors, Jill Miller, Kripalu’s Institute for Extraordinary Living, Larry Payne, Loyola Marymount, medical conditions, medicine, meditation practice, mind, nerves, neurological, New England School of Integrative Yoga Therapeutics, pain medicine, physical therapist, physical therapy, postural assessment, pranayama, psychological, reduce stress, rehabilitation, rodney yee, spirit, students, teachers, therapist, training, UZIT, wellness, yoga nidra, yoga poses, Yoga Tune Up®, yoga-therapy, yogic sleep

Yoga TherapyIs yoga therapy right for you? Have you tried everything under the sun to eliminate an ache, pain or chronic condition? If your doctor has suggested that you try yoga therapy (and not just yoga classes), the first step is to find a great yoga therapist to steer you into a customized practice that may potentially improve the conditions of self-healing in your body, mind and spirit.

It’s Time to Take a Bow!

Jill Miller by Jill Miller | December 29th, 2010 | 3 Comments
topic: Personal Growth, Yoga | tags: affirmation, asana, back-pain, block, blood pressure, brick, cell phone, circulation, congratulation, economy, forward fold, gratitude, Jill Miller, job security, neck pain, negativity, new year, optimistic, resolutions, strap, stress, take a bow, trapezius pain, water bottle, yoga pose, Yoga Tune Up

Take a Bow yoga pose

2010 has been a tough year for many. People are working harder than ever (if they are lucky enough to have a job) with less pay, fewer benefits and uncertainty about their job security. It has truly been a stressful grind for our minds, bodies and spirits.

When Yoga Hurts Instead of Heals

Jill Miller by Jill Miller | November 4th, 2010 | 12 Comments
topic: Fitness, Yoga | tags: addiction, asanas, back-pain, biomechanics, drop backs, flexibility, forward bend, forward fold, headstand, injuries, joint torque, neck pain, nerve damage, Patricia Sullivan, plow pose, practice, sciatic pain, shoulder stand, theraputic, Veeparita Korani Mudra, Yoga, Yoga Journal, yoga poses, Yoga Tune Up, Yoga Tune Up®, yoga-therapy

Woman doing a painful yoga posePain, numbness, tingling? Do any of these describe the feelings you have when you come out of an asana? Please heed these warnings! Not all yoga poses are safe for all people. Just follow expert yoga teacher Patricia Sullivan’s story in the October 2010 issue of Yoga Journal. She painfully details a journey of denial in which her headstand caused (yes, caused) crippling nerve pain that eventually culminated in her falling asleep at the wheel and driving off the road into a lagoon.

Can Yoga Really Help Back Pain?

Jill Miller by Jill Miller | August 6th, 2010 | 11 Comments
topic: Yoga | tags: abdominals, alternative medicine, asanas, back spasm, back-pain, balanceball chair, Fitness, healing, Jithara Parivartonasana, Leg Stretch #3, osteoarthrisis, Prasarita Lunges, Revolved Abdominal Pose, sciatica, spine, Supta Padangusthasana #3, therapist, yoga breathing techniques, Yoga Tune Up®, yoga-therapy

Yoga therapist helping a studentAs a specialized yoga teacher and yoga therapist, my job is to help people heal themselves through the art and science of yoga. This includes postures, breathing, emotional support and stress reduction. I have witnessed miracles on the mat and in the classroom. The successes I have seen are not unusual. Teachers of yoga of any style see their students’ lives improve on every level with disciplined practice.