Suffering from back pain? Perform these Yoga poses for relief
Thanks to modern diet and lifestyle patterns, back pain has become a common problem these days, surprisingly even in younger people. However, in case your back pain isn't severe, don't worry. Yoga, by strengthening the back, stretching your muscles, and improving blood flow to the spine and nerves, can help. Here are five Yoga poses to help you get rid of back pain.
Step your right foot forward into a plunge, then straighten your leg. Next, move your left foot forward, and turn it at a 45 to 60 degrees angle with the edge of the mat. Rest your right hand over your shin, and reach your left hand toward the roof, with your palms facing outward. Hold the position for a minute, then shift sides.
The Cat-Cow pose helps the spine, and strengthens your back and the torso. By keeping your back relaxed and strong, it helps get rid of pains. To perform, start by getting on all fours. Now using your hands and knees (grounded into mat), inhale and round up your back (cat), then exhale and arch your back (cow). Repeat this a few times.
To get in the Downward Dog position, start in tabletop position, then raise your hips in a manner that your body forms an upside-down 'V' position against the floor. Now, relax your head and neck, and draw your inner thighs to the back. Take five to seven breaths. Relax, then repeat. Perform the pose daily in order to get relief from backache.
Apart from being a great Yoga pose for relaxation, the Balasana or Child's pose will help stretch and strengthen your back as well as the hips. To perform this pose, kneel on all fours, and relax your buttocks on your heels. Reach your arms out, with your head resting down on the mat/floor. Hold the position for a few seconds. Relax, then repeat.
The Plow pose will help give strength to your shoulders, spine, and lower back. To get into this position, start from shoulder stand, then bend your hips to bring your toes to the floor. Clasp your hands together and stretch out your forearms behind your back. Hold the position for as long as it is comfortable for you. Relax, and then repeat.