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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.

4 Ways to Have a More Peaceful Evening

Kate Hanley by Kate Hanley | November 27th, 2012 | 3 Comments
topic: Family Health, Health & Wellness, Relationships | tags: back, bed, bedtime, body, breath, breathe, car, channel surfing, children, cleaning, cooking, couch, decompress, evening, family, floor, happy, intention, Internet, kids, meditate, meditation, mind, night, parenting, peaceful, pillow, relax, relaxing, rest, sleep, spine, stress, stressful, transitions, TV

Peaceful Evening

In theory, evening is a glorious time of day — a time to eat and spend time with loved ones and then unwind before bed. In reality, though, it’s often a stress fest – feed the kids, put the kids to bed, answer some emails, fall into bed. Or simply lost time – eat whatever, channel surf, cruise the Internet, then look up and wonder how it got to be 11:30 already.

Luckily, it doesn’t take much to transform your evening hours into the respite they ought to be. Here are four of my favorite tips for a peaceful evening. I’d love to hear yours!

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).

Make Your Posture Perfect: Breathe Down Your Spine

Jill Miller by Jill Miller | September 13th, 2012 | 4 Comments
topic: Fitness, Yoga | tags: breath, breathe, breathing, chest breather, diaphragm, Dr. Kelly Starrett, erectors, exercise, intercostal muscles, Jill Miller, lower back, lungs, massage, muscles, posture, respiratory system, rhomboids, ribs, slouch, slump, spine, tension, trapezius, vertebrae, Yoga, Yoga Tune Up

Are you proud of your posture? Or do you feel a bit slumpy? Did your mom tell you to sit up straight? Does she still cajole you?

I’m on your mom’s side! Most people do not pay enough attention to their daily posture and everyday movement habits, and it can have long-term health consequences if left unimproved. I see postural issues daily in my Yoga Tune Up® classrooms. And as a self-proclaimed “posture princess,” I want to motivate you to make better choices to improve your carriage.

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.

The Best Piece of Exercise Equipment You’re Not Using

Katy Santiago Bowman by Katy Santiago Bowman | September 30th, 2009 | 1 Comment
topic: Fitness | tags: back tension, build bone, decrease blood pressure, exercise, exercise in a small space, floor, floor exercises, floor workouts, hips, shoulders, spine, strength, workout

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Ah, I see I got your attention.

And you are wondering what I could be talking about. The treadmill in your guest bedroom? (The one with the clothes on it.) The roller blades in your closet? The semi-inflated ball in the backyard, or the weights you have lying around just in case you are inspired to bicep curl? Nope, none of those. Give up? This one-size-fits-all, miraculous tool of amazing design is the FLOOR!

Got Back Pain? Yoga Can Help: 3 Tips + 2 How-to Videos

Sadie Nardini by Sadie Nardini | September 15th, 2009 | 3 Comments
topic: Fitness, Health & Wellness, Healthy Aging, Yoga | tags: alignment, back, back tension, chair exercises, core, discs, Fitness, healing, health, pain, release stretch, Sadie Nardini, sciatica, spine, strength, strengthen, stretching, Yoga, yoga for back pain

back-painNothing can stop a perfectly good yoga practice (or day, for that matter) in its tracks like a hurting back. And sometimes, the poses you might think would help your aching body could actually be making it worse.