Many people are hesitant to try yoga if they have physical challenges, especially if they suffer from any back issues. However, back pain does not have to limit your practice. In fact, there are certain asanas that help the body create safe space in the spine, alleviating discomfort. In every class with Andhyana Yoga you will encounter the following back friendly poses:
1. Standing Forward Bend (Uttanasana)- Contracting the Mula and Uddiyana Bhandas, leading with the heart bend at the hip, fold forward while keeping the the spine in a neutral position. Unable to reach your toes? Use blocks to rest your hands and provide additional support.
2. Sphinx Pose (Salamba Bhujangasana)- This is one of my favorite gentle back bends. The ability to use the earth and your elbows offers a necessary support as you gently extend through your lower back.
3. Head to Knee Pose (Janu Sirshasana)- This asana allows the posterior back and leg muscles to release, alleviating tension on the back body.
Back pain can also be due to a weak core. Each class we focus on releasing the Illiopsoas and toning the anterior and posterior abdominal muscles in order to fully support the spine. Don't let back pain hinder your journey. See you in class this weekend!