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Back on Trackasana: Twists, Laughs, and a Pain-Free Back! aka Yoga for Back Pain

Feeling a bit like you’re carrying a backpack full of bricks? If so, I've got just the thing for you - yoga poses for back pain!

Pain in the back? Yoga can help! Back, neck and shoulder pain are often caused by tight hips, who knew? Well, your friendly neighbourhood yoga instructor did. But wait, there’s more! Tight hips and tight shoulders often go together like peanut butter and jelly, or maybe peanut butter and pickles, thanks to our body's connective tissue.

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Pain Free!

So, let's dive into the 7 best yoga poses for back pain:

1. Child's Pose (Balasana): This gentle pose stretches your lower back, hips, thighs, and ankles. It's like a mini vacation for your back.

2. Cat-Cow Pose (Marjaryasana-Bitilasana): This dynamic duo gently massages your spine, helping to relieve tension in your back. It's like a free chiropractic adjustment!

3. Downward Dog (Adho Mukha Svanasana): This classic pose stretches your entire body, helping to relieve back pain and tight hips. Plus, who doesn't love a good dog pose?

4. Pigeon Pose (Eka Pada Rajakapotasana): This pose is a hip opener extraordinaire, helping to alleviate tight hips and, in turn, reduce back pain. It's a bit challenging, but oh-so worth it!

5. Triangle Pose (Trikonasana): This pose stretches your spine, hips, and shoulders, helping to relieve back pain. It's like a geometry lesson and a workout all in one!

6. Sphinx Pose (Salamba Bhujangasana): This gentle backbend helps to strengthen your spine and soothe back pain. It's like playing an Egyptian god while doing good for your back!

7. Supine Twist (Supta Matsyendrasana): This relaxing pose gently twists your spine, helping to relieve back pain. It's like wringing out a towel, but much more zen.

Remember, combining a more active style of yoga like Vinyasa, Hot, Ashtanga, or Hatha with a more passive style like Yin or Restorative Yoga can work wonders for both your connective tissue and muscles. It's like getting the best of both worlds!

So, if you're ready to say goodbye to back pain and hello to a happier spine, why not give these poses a try? As always, if you have any questions or just want to chat about your favourite yoga poses (or your favourite puns, I'm all ears), feel free to reach out.

Keep stretching, and remember, in yoga, every pose is a step toward a pain-free back!

© 2023 Ruth Day. All rights reserved


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