The question of whether yoga can help ease back pain is a difficult one to answer. Having had many students pass through our doors with back-related conditions, we recognise that not only are we dealing with multiple types of injuries on a physical level (from disc problems, spinal fusions and nerve impingements to broken backs and chronic pain), there is also the fact that some physical conditions may arise as a result of the amount of mental stress that one is under or the fact that certain emotions haven’t been able to be expressed freely and easily.
All of this points to one thing, yoga is not a one size fits all in terms of easing back pain, however here are 4 ways in which yoga may help to ease various back conditions:
1. Yoga can help ease fixed postural patterns
Been a keen cyclist for many years or in a job where you are seated or having to hold your body in certain fixed postural patterns that you know are not conducive for a healthy spine? Then a Flow Yoga class may help to counteract some of those dysfunctional patterns and ease you back towards healthy alignment.
2. Yoga can help ease back pain from high levels of activity
Been a runner, athlete or involved in high levels of activity for a lot of your life and chronically tight in certain areas? Then maybe a Yin Yoga class is needed? Yin uses long, passive holds to work on the deep, dense connective tissues of the body – the fascia, tendons, ligaments and cartilage – which are difficult to energise and open.
3. Yoga can help ease the muscles back into activity and growth strength/flexibility after injury
Often when we think of yoga, we think that being flexible is healthy when in fact, when muscles are chronically overstretched there can be a restriction in blood flow. This means nutrients required to repair muscle can’t be absorbed & toxins that irritate the tissues are not able to be released. For a muscle to be at optimum health it needs an equilibrium of strength and flexibility. Our Mythical Flow Sessions help to maintain muscle health and focus on the principle of muscle energy in order to expand, reflecting the soul’s purpose of strength in order to grow.
4. Yoga can help you to relax and give your body time to restore
Totally overwhelmed by life and needing a safe held environment try a Restorative Yoga session where poses are held with props such as bolsters and blankets for 10 mins. These sessions allow you to relax in a safe space, with 10 minutes of these sessions being equal to a full hours sleep. We will be running Restorative sessions in the autumn. If this sounds perfect for you, why not subscribe to our emails to be the first to be notified of our autumn timetable.
Our recommendation is that you firstly seek professional advice about the cause of your discomfort. Once that has been ascertained, we can help you decide whether you are best suited to a 1-2-1 session or which class is best suited to your needs. We understand that there may be some fear involved in movement when you have back pain? 1-2-1 sessions may initially feel best for you to get comfortable and then you may feel ready to integrate into a slow controlled paced class such as one of our Hatha Yoga classes.
How other yoga tools could help ease back pain?
It may be that other yoga tools and techniques would be more beneficial to you such as pranayama (breathing techniques) meditation techniques, yoga nidra (yogic sleep) so if you think yoga may be the right healing modality for you why not contact us and ask for a free phone consultation. Let us help get you on the right path.
We are aware that whatever your circumstances, back pain can be an incredibly debilitating and emotional roller coaster. Yoga isn’t for everyone with back pain but we have seen many students, from strained muscles through to broken backs, go on to live a life free from their back pain thanks to the various tools of yoga. We want you to know that although the journey may be difficult and it requires discipline as well as a willingness to show up however you are feeling, you can feel assured that you will be held tenderly by us in our space.