Say goodbye to backache with Wind-Relieving Pose

Wind-Relieving PoseWind-Relieving pose strengthens the back and abdominal muscles, Enhances blood circulation in the hip joints and eases tension in the lower back

How to do Wind-Relieving pose

  • Lie on your back with your feet together and arms beside your body.
  • Breathe in and as you exhale, bring your right knee towards your chest and press the thigh on your abdomen with clasped hands.
  • Breathe in again and as you exhale, lift your head and chest off the floor and touch your chin to your right knee.
  • Hold it there, as you take deep, long breaths in and out.
  • Checkpoint: As you exhale, tighten the grip of the hands on the knee and increase the pressure on the chest. As you inhale, loosen the grip.
  • As you exhale, come back to the ground and relax.
  • Repeat this pose with the left leg and then with both the legs together.
  • You may rock up and down or roll from side to side 3-5 times and then relax.

Benefits of the Wind-Relieving Pose (Pawanmuktasana)

Enhances blood circulation in the hip joints and eases tension in the lower back

Strengthens the back and abdominal muscles

Tones the leg and arm muscles

Massages the intestines and other organs in the abdomen

Helps in digestion and release of gas

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3 yoga poses for lower back pain

Yoga asanas will help you strengthen your back. Yoga do not just relieve your lower back from pain, but they also help to prevent back pain in future.

Downward Dog

Downward DogThis pose will help in spinal traction and lower back health. Stand Lie down on the floor facing the ground and place your hands in front of you. Flatten your palms on the floor. Lift your hips off the ground by balancing yourself on your feet and hands. Lift your hips as much as you can, till you feel a soothing stretch in your back. Take 5 to10 breaths in this position.

Pigeon Pose

Pigeon PoseStart with lying on the ground and place your hands in front of you. Lift your torso of the ground. Bring your right knee behind your right wrist. Stretch your left leg out behind you. Your knee should face the floor. Press your palms against the floor. Stretch your legs backward while you curve your back and lift it up. Pull your abdominal muscles to your spine and maintain this pose for 5 to 10 deep breaths.

Child’s Pose

child poseYou need to sit on your heels. Place your head on the ground in front of you. Your hands should be behind your back. Breathe in slowly for 2 minutes. You can intensity the stretch by pulling your abdominal muscles towards your spine.

Vakrasana (sitting spinal twist) yoga to get relieved from back pain

VakrasanaThe twist imposed on the spine makes the spinal column more flexible and stimulates the spinal nerves. It also has a strong influence on the abdominal muscles, alternately stretching and compressing them, as the body twists from one direction to the other.

Steps to do Vakrasana:
• Sit with the legs outstretched.
• Sit up with the legs stretched straight in front of you, keeping the feet together and the spine erect.
• Place the left hand on the left knee; right hand behind you.
• Twist to the right and look over the right shoulder.
• Hold.
• Breathing out, come back to the front.
• Repeat on the other side.
• Breathing out, come back to the front and relax.

Benefits:
1. Stretches the spine, loosens the vertebrae and tones the nerves.
2. Vakrasana relieves back pain, neck pain, some forms of sciatica.
3. A good asana for beginners, preparing the back for the more difficult spinal twists

Salabhasana to strengthen your back

salabhasana
Salabhasana strengthens the back and improves flexibility in the spinal muscles.The abdominal muscles become stronger, improving digestion. Stiffness is reduced in the neck and shoulders.

Step by Step
• Lie face down on the floor with the arms beside the trunk, feet together, knees straight and the toes stretching back.
• Turn the palms upward. Stretch the arms and raise them so that the hands are parallel to the floor.
• Press the sacrum downward and raise the head, chest and legs as high as possible taking care there is no back pain.
• Extend the trunk forward, the legs and arms backward and lift the chest.
• Balance on the lower abdomen, look straight ahead and breathe normally. Hold the pose for 20-30 seconds and then release and lower the chest, head and legs.

Focus
In everyday life we are continually bending forwards, but have little reason to bend backwards. Back bends help to extend the heart muscles, stretch the front side of the lungs and maintain flexibility in the respiratory muscles, thereby increasing lung capacity. They are also useful for nourishing and toning the abdominal organs and stimulating the adrenal glands.

Modification
Don’t raise the arms and legs too high, as this will cause pain in the lower backstretch the shoulders back, keeping the arms parallel. Keep the legs together and the knees straight.

If it is difficult to do the pose with the feet together, place a foam block between the feet, press the inner edges of the feet into the block and lift the legs.

In order to open the chest more, and increase the extension in the arms, put a wooden block on the palm of each hand. Imagine the blocks are heavy weights, and without actually lifting the hands any higher, push the palms into the blocks as if trying to lift them.

Simple Yoga asanas for back pain

Yoga asanas strengthen your back and release tension and stiffness from the shoulder area. By practising the asanas on a consistant basis, your back pain will be cured easily .

Camel Pose:

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  1. First come to a kneeling position with hands on the waist.
  2. Gently bend backward, moving the pelvis forward and lifting the chest upward, keep the head up.
  3. Release the hands and one by one place the hands on the soles.
  4. Lift the upper torso a little higher and breathe deeply.
  5. To come out of the posture, release the hands, sit down on the heels and rest in child’s pose.

Benefits: Improves the respiratory function, relieves tension and stiffness from shoulder area, makes the movement of the bones smoother.

Sitting Half Spinal Twists:

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  1. Sit on the floor. Bend left leg to place left knee on the floor and left heel against the right buttock.
  2. Place right foot on outside the left thigh.
  3. Sitting straight up place the right hand on the floor behind you. Twist your torso to the right, and press your left arm against the outside of the right leg to grasp right foot with left hand. If you have difficulty reaching the right foot, just press the left elbow against right knee, hand pointing upward in the air.
  4. Twist first from the waist, and then twist the rib cage and finally the shoulders.
  5. Look over your right shoulder. Keeps the right hip pressing down to the floor. Keep the spine straight. Relax both shoulders. Keep breathing. Hold.
  6. Repeat on the other side.

 

Benefits: Makes the spine supple, removes stiffness from the shoulders and neck, massages and tones abdominal organs. in the abdominal area and stimulates the stomach, colon, kidneys, liver, spleen and gall bladder.

 

All Direction Back Stretch for back pain

Lengthening The Spine

Lengthening The Spine
Breathing in, slowly lift your arms up from the sides.
Interlace your fingers so that the thumbs touch each other gently.
Stretch up as much as you comfortably can. Keep your elbows straight and ensure that your biceps touch your ears.
Hold this posture for 2-3 long deep breaths.
Twisting The Spine To Right and Left

Twisting The Spine To Right and Left
Your fingers continue to remain interlaced above your head.

Breathing out, gently twist to the right side. Hold this position for 2-3 long breaths.
Inhale, come back to the center.
Exhale, turn to your left side and again hold this position for 2-3 long breaths.
Inhale and return to the center.
Bending The Spine Right and Left

Bending The Spine Right and Left

Your fingers continue to remain interlaced above your head.

Exhale and slightly bend to the right side. Hold and keep breathing.
Breathe in and come back to the center.
Exhale and bend a little to the left side. Ensure that you are not bending to the front or back, and that one hand is not stretched more than the other.
Breathing in, come back to the center.

Bending The Spine Forward and Backward

Bending The Spine Forward and Backward
Breathing out, stretch your hands out to the front.
Breathe in and as you now breathe out, stretch forward from your lower back.
Breathe in and as you exhale, turn to your right side. Ensure that both the hands are parallel to each other and stretched equally, else gently correct the posture.
Yoga stretches for Back pain
Breathing in, return to the center.

Exhale and repeat the stretch, turning to the left.
Return to the center as you breathe in, and slowly bring your arms up.
Unlock the fingers and stretch back.
Inhale and come back to the center. As you exhale, slowly bring your arms down from the sides.
Twisting The Spine From Side-to-Side

Twisting The Spine From Side-to-Side
Keep your left palm on your right knee.

Take a deep breath in and as you exhale, slowly twist to your right side. You may keep the right hand on the floor beside your right hip.

Stretch upward by pressing the right palm on the floor. Do not lean back or forward.
Inhale and return to the center.
Exhale and repeat the stretch on the left side. Keep your right palm on your left knee and left palm on the floor. Remember to keep your back straight and stretch tall.
Breathing in, return to the center.
Change your cross-legged position. If your right leg was placed over the left, now place the left leg over the right and repeat the stretch as explained above to the right and left sides.