Focus: Yoga for sciatica. Some people with lower back pain find that their discomfort is greater after extended periods of standing upright or sitting with poor postural alignment. It may be that particular body positions need to be avoided because they leave your lower back feeling tight or compressed. If this is the case you may get some relief from lower back pain by practicing asanas that apply a gentle traction to your lumbar spine. This class features yoga poses that bring space and freedom to the lower back region. It will help to ease pain associated with conditions such as sciatica but will also be great for alleviating everyday lower back aches and pains. In addition to these therapeutic benefits, the class can also be used to help release your back after a session of backbends. Sciatica is caused by irritation or compression of the sciatic nerve as it passes through the lower lumbar or pelvic region. Someone with sciatica may experience referred pain radiating anywhere from the buttock, down the back of the leg or into the feet. It may be experienced as a sharp shooting pain, tingling or even numbness. The poses in this class will help to decompress the lumbar spine and gently stretch the piriformis region. They will help to soften and sooth the various muscle groups associated with these regions.
Key Poses: Pavanamuktasana, supta padangusthasana, malasana.
Equipment: Mat, chair, bolster, 3 blankets, belt.
Duration: 45 min