6 Beginner Yoga Poses to Try for Back Pain (And Why You Should)

Whether you live a sedentary or active lifestyle, no one is immune to back pain. Approximately 80% of Americans experience low back pain at least once in their lives, according to the Mayo Clinic. Plus it is more common among adults between 35 and 55 years old. Some of the most common causes of back pain are a muscle spasm, strained muscles and ligaments, or the result of a quick movement brought about by lifting something too heavy improperly. Some everyday activities at home or the office also cause back pain.

Now that we live in a world of computers, this has become more inevitable. Sitting and bending down for long periods when using computers obviously results to an increased back pain over time. So, how do we combat this since we really can’t avoid working on our computers for long periods of time?

YOGA.

You can also watch and practice our back pain relief exercises & stretches videos. Anouk will help you develop a unique yoga practice and help you with your back pain, through her knowledge from flexibility and strengthening, using different styles of yoga.

Some recent studies prove that a wisely adapted set of yoga poses may help reduce pain. Since it is a mind and body practice, as well as a popular health practice among many adults, people are doing yoga to maintain or improve their health and well-being. They also do yoga to address back and neck pain. Many people also attribute their freedom from anxiety or arthritis from yoga.

In addition to yoga and exercising you might also consider eating more turmeric and curcumin. It may help to reduce back pain, due to its anti-inflammatory properties. Read here about turmeric potential benefits.

With all the many yoga poses there are for strength and flexibility, what are the poses that are best in addressing back pain?

Here is our list. We are giving you six of the best yoga poses, the parts of the body they stretch, and how they strengthen your back.

Let’s get going.

The Downward Facing Dog stretches the shoulders, hamstrings, calves, arches and hands. The pose also strengthens the arms and legs. Plus, it helps prevent osteoporosis.

Here’s the quick YouTube tutorial by Yoga Journal.

This pose not only helps address back pain, but is also improves your posture. This pose stretches the chest and lungs, shoulders and abdomen. The pose strengthens your spine, arms and wrists.

Here’s the quick YouTube tutorial by Yoga Journal.

This pose not only helps address back pain, but is also improves your posture. This pose stretches the chest and lungs, shoulders and abdomen. The pose strengthens your spine, arms and wrists.

Here’s the quick YouTube tutorial by Yoga Journal.

And then end the pose with this Lion’s Breath. Stretching your entire face by doing this helps you relieve tension and stress.

This pose stretches your arms, legs, shoulders, neck, belly, groins and ankles thus energizing your entire body and improving your balances, focus and stability. It also opens your hips, chest and lungs.

This is how it is done according to Yoga Journal.

Aside from building upper and core body strength, the plank pose lengthens your spine. It also strengthens the muscles in your lower back.

View this tutorial for how to do the plank pose by Howcast.

Aside from building upper and core body strength, the plank pose lengthens your spine. It also strengthens the muscles in your lower back.

View this tutorial for how to do the plank pose by Howcast.


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