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A surprising way of healing lower back pain

Healing lower back pain requires a broad approach, which includes daily exercises to relax and strengthen muscles, improving one’s posture, dealing with stress, etc. What conventional approaches often overlook is the surprising way of healing lower back pain through abdominal breathing. In yoga therapy, however, relaxed breathing is central to healing lower back pain. In this blog I explain the effect of abdominal breathing and a relaxed diaphragm on the lower back. The importance of a freely moving diaphragm for our wellbeing cannot be stressed enough.

Preventing back pain: 7 ways to stretch at your desk

If you are an office worker, you are likely to spend 4 to 9 hours a day sitting at your desk. The same is true if you work from home, if you are a student, and even when you have retired: we generally sit too much. Prolonged sitting has been linked to poor physical health, back pain and decline in mental well-being. So what can we do? First and foremost, get up once an hour for a short walk. Secondly, try the 7 ways to stretch at your desk that are demonstrated in this blog. Doing these stretches regularly will increase the blood supply to the brain, reduce fatigue, prevent aches and pains and increase work efficiency. All the exercises below should be fine for people with back pain, although it is still important not to do a movement if it hurts. Let’s dive right in!

Mother’s Day Yoga Special

Whether you are a mother, father, grandparent, aunt or uncle, today’s yoga is for anyone in need of a nourishing and uplifting yoga session. It is nourishing because caregivers often give so much of their time to others that self-care is put on the back burner. This session is also meant to be uplifting because apart from feeling tremendous joy and satisfaction, many mothers will experience fears, worries, guilt, the sadness of losing, the letting go, … . Therefore, this Mother’s Day Yoga Special centres on the heart area: stretching chest muscles, strengthening and lengthening the upper back, it mobilises and engages an area that can often be held quite tightly.

Let’s move and breathe deeply.

Yoga therapy for spondylolisthesis and foraminal stenosis: case study

If you are at a loss of how to relieve your back pain, this case study is for you. It shows that a positive approach, the right exercise and yoga therapy can improve even complicated back problems such as spondylolisthesis and stenosis. Jill’s back and leg discomfort and road to recovery exemplify how we can learn to manage and relieve back pain, and why it is important to keep searching for the right approach. The cause of Jill’s discomfort is complicated: presenting as scoliosis and sciatic pain, it is caused by foraminal stenosis and made complex by spondylolisthesis. The terminology will be explained later. Suffice to say that these different conditions require different approaches from yoga therapy. In fact, what would benefit stenosis is likely to aggravate spondylolisthesis …