Yoga poses can help tackle the difficulties brought on by chronic pain. Taking a proactive stance towards managing your discomfort makes it easier to face that challenge directly. With some work, you can make progress towards more comfortable living.
Yoga is perhaps one of the best tools to have in your arsenal when it comes to tackling chronic pain. Intensive stretching help build strength, contribute to a reduction in the pain and can be a valuable mental retreat. After all, perception is only one component of pain. Learning to clear your mind while working on your body can be just as important. When you want to explore the benefits of yoga, these four poses are an excellent place to begin.
Yoga Pose #1 — The Cow Pose
This basic, easy to learn pose works well for those who experience lower to mid-back pain. By stretching the muscles along your spine in this pose, you can accomplish two goals at once: build strength in the weaker areas and relax away the tension that’s constricting others. The cow pose is simple and involves beginning down on your hands and knees, with wrists and hips aligned with your shoulders and knees, respectively. Then curve your spine downwards, moving your midsection downward, until you feel the full extension. Breathe in, breathe out, and relax.
Yoga Pose #2 — Low Lunges
If you’ve ever stretched before, the lunge should be familiar — it involves “lunging” your body forward to flex one leg and extend the other. In a low thrust, you would adopt this position but drop your knee to the ground. Then raise your arms up and behind your head. You should feel your entire back stretching out as you hold the pose. Release after a few breaths and try again.
Yoga Pose #3 — Downward Dog Pose
Perhaps most synonymous with the word “yoga,” this pose requires you to make an inverted “V” shape with your body. As you shift into the downward dog from a resting position on all fours, you will again feel a significant degree of stretching. This pose is particularly helpful for chronic pain centered on the cervical spine but also helps to strengthen the body and reduce back pain in other areas, too.
Yoga Pose #4 — Forward Bend, Head to Knee
This pose uses your own body to help stretch the muscles in your back. In a sitting position with one leg tucked in and the other out, you reach out towards your foot and clasp your hands around it, twisting your body towards that side in the process. The rotation aids in muscle tone development while also helping in stretching the muscles. Be careful not to bend too much, or to hold the pose for too long.
Exploring yoga can expand your horizons, but more importantly, it can help deliver some of the pain relief you desire. Whether you choose to practice in a group environment such as a structured class, or you opt to put your own mat down at home, practice frequently. In time, you’ll find that it can be a valuable addition to your daily routine that clears a path to more comfortable living.