Back pain can result from a biomechanical imbalance in spinal structures.
Your doctor can advise any of these”
- movements to avoid
- may know of a good teacher
- modifications for safety.
- possible interactions with your medication.
Best to Find a Good Teacher.
Be sure to inform your yoga teacher of any pain or problems in your body, BEFORE the class starts. A good yoga teacher will be able to offer modifications like props and variations to make each pose right for you. You should never feel pain while doing yoga. A stretch and maybe a challenge to the muscle, but if it hurts, back off or stop.
Which Style of Yoga Do I Choose
There are about as many types of yoga, as there are denominations in the church. Well maybe not quite.
Iyengar yoga is very popular among back pain sufferers, as well as yoga teachers who focus on improving back pain for people. This style of yoga, focuses a lot of attention on proper form. Do the pose correctly, so you strenthen and stretch the body properly, without straining something. Lots of props, like bolsters, belts, blocks and more, are used to make the poses doable, by even stiff people. Almost anyone can participate. The poses are adapted to each individuals body.
The smartest and most experienced yoga yeacher I know is Lillah Schwartz. She has been teaching teachers for 25 years.
Enjoy one of her videos now. She shares with us a very relaxing pose, Supta Baddha Konasana. You don’t need to be able to pronounce it, in order to enjoy it.