Low Back Pain and Sciatica
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Experiences with Low Back Pain and Sciatica and Yoga

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alicia
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Posted 9 years ago

The year I turned 26, I started to have lower back aches, and sharp shooting pains down my right leg. I had never had any injuries or issues like this, so I ignored it hoping it would go away. It didn't. My boyfriend (now husband) told me to go to an Iyengar yoga class and that it would help me.

In a short period of time, I learned postures that actually relived the pain in my back, strengthened my core and back, and realigned my body. I also learned in yoga class what the source of the pain was, and developed walking/sitting/sleeping habits that were healthier for my body. As I practiced more and more yoga, the sciatic pain decreased to practically nothing, and the back pain is much much less.

The best part is that now, I practice 2-4 times a week in class, and one or twice out of class, and if I ever have a back ache, I know exactly how to get rid of it.

I feel empowered in my health and well being, and confident that no matter what comes my way physically, emotionally, etc, that I can use yoga to help me heal. I love yoga.

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amuto06
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Posted 9 years ago

I spent a lot more time sitting down in my job after college and noticed that my hips and low back would ache after just two hours in a chair. I ignored it for a while, thinking that I just needed to get used to sitting for such long periods, but then I began to have pain down my buttocks and legs. As a long-time practitioner of yoga, I knew which poses were good for low back pain and sciatica (triangle, side-angle, cat-cow, etc.) and sure enough they worked! But the pain would inevitably return, sometimes getting so bad that I would wake up with numbness in my hips at night. I finally spoke to my yoga teacher about it and she showed me a few, simple exercises that I could do daily to help alleviate the pain (mostly variations/modifications of the poses I was already doing). These had longer lasting effects and now I can get through a shift relatively pain free! While I no longer do the exercises every day, I continue to use them if/when the pain returns and it clears up within a few days.

Yoga has always been my go-to remedy for everything from minor aches and pains, to stress and digestive issues. I'm so grateful to belong to a community of yogis who offer such a wealth of information and resources!

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