Three Effective Yoga Postures For Sciatica

Posted by on Jan 4, 2015 in Blog | 0 comments

Three Effective Yoga Postures For Sciatica
One of the most common issues we encounter with students is Sciatica.  This is a type of pain affecting the Sciatic Nerve which extends from the lower back down the back of each leg.  Typical symptoms include:
  • Pain in the rear or leg that is worse when sitting
  • Burning or tingling down the leg
  • Weakness, numbness, or difficulty moving the leg or foot
  • A constant pain on one side of the rear
  • A shooting pain that makes it difficult to stand up
This condition can be difficult to treat and the symptoms could potentially last anywhere from days to weeks or even months.  Certain yoga postures have been known to help.  I have seen success with the following sequence of postures when practiced daily with patience; 1.  Locust – Begin on your stomach with your arms at your sides, knuckles down and your chin stretched forward.  Move with your breath… Inhales, lift one leg skyward Exhales, lower the leg to the ground Continue side to side with the breath for a couple of minutes.  Then, try lifting both legs together and holding them above the ground for several breaths. 2.  Bridge – Begin on your back with your knees bend, feet flat on the ground hip width apart and arms at your sides with the palms down.  Move with your breath… Inhales, lift hips skyward Exhales, lower hips to the ground Continue moving with your breath by lifting on the inhales and lowering on the exhales.  Then, try holding the Bridge with your hips lifted for several breaths. 3.  Face of Light – Begin seated with the right leg straight and the left knee bent and crossed over the right knee so that the outside edge of the left foot is on the ground close to the right hip.  *If your hips are quite open, you may choose to bend the right knee also.  In either case, place your palms beside your hips and move with your breath… Exhales, fold forward to a comfortable degree from your hips Inhales, return the torso to vertical This sequence could be practiced twice daily if the body likes it. Namaste’ Kimberly
Kimberly has enjoyed a consistent Yoga practice for 30 years and has been teaching Vinyasa style classes for 11. She began her journey with Sivananda teacher Sunil Komar while living overseas. Kimberly returned home to Utah in 2004 and certified with D’ana Baptiste of Centered City Yoga and Yoga Alliance at a 500 hour level. In addition to Yoga, Kimberly certified as a Reiki Master under the guidance of Dr. Carol Wilson, author of Healing Power Beyond Medicine. She studied Transcendental Meditation with Marc Stephens, Director of the Utah TM Center and considers meditation an essential tool for staying centered. Drawing from these great traditions, Kimberly currently practices and teaches a Vinyasa style class aptly named Energy Flow. This type of yoga practice is energizing and body friendly. It helps practitioners connect with their inner strength while supporting their physical and emotional well-being.

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