Five beneficial yoga postures for low back pain

Yoga postures help in reducing back pain, while also improving movement and flexibility. Although medicines are beneficial, they offer only temporary relief for conditions such as low back pain. When yoga is practised along with medicines and lifestyle modifications, an effective cure for the condition can be expected.

Majority of postures in yoga help in gently strengthening the back muscles and abdominal muscles. Both back and abdominal muscles are important for muscular network of spine, and in helping the body maintain proper upright posture. When these muscles are in good condition, back pain can be reduced and controlled to a great extent.

Half Lord of the Fishes Pose

The Half Lord of the Fishes pose is excellent for the back, as they lengthen and strengthen the spine. However, you should pay attention to your body when doing this pose. For instance, if you are having severe back pain, then begin slowly, and take time before getting too deep into the pose. An alternative option could be to try the one-legged ˜Seated Spinal Twist.

Downward Facing Dog pose

The Downward Facing Dog pose is mostly considered as being good for the calves, but, it is an excellent posture for the back too. This pose stretches out and aligns the spine, thereby compensating for all the hunching that you do during the day.

Cat and Cow Pose

This pose is excellent, as it warms up your spine, and is more like a gentle massage to the spine and abdominal organs.

Triangle pose

triangle pose in yogaThis pose, also known as Trikonasana, if done in the proper manner, helps in keeping back pain at bay, and also removes symptoms of menopause, thereby strengthening legs, ankles, knees, abdomen, obliques and back.

Fish pose

This pose helps best when you feel stiffness in your neck and spine. The fish pose relieves the stiffness as you arch your back. It is also a good beginner pose and helps stretch out your spine. This could be just the right pose if you spend your day hunched over a desk.