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.