For the past three years I have struggled with relatively constant back pain. It wasn’t something that came all of a sudden due to an injury or such, but it came gradually. It came gradually and only got worse. I had pain while walking, running, working out, I couldn’t sit up straight and my posture was awful. Eventually I went to a doctor to see if they could possibly tell me something. They ended up taking X-rays and found that I had “minor scoliosis”.
I struggled with this for a while because of sports in high school, field hockey was especially bad with constantly bending over and then the specific movements of the body. Of course I started to try and do strengthening exercises in order to fix this issue and make my back stronger. The problem was it was so painful that I had to stop and I never really made an progress. These events lead to me starting my yoga journey. My mother at this point had been trying for a while, to get me try yoga and mentioned it hundreds of times while I dealt with my back pain. Of course, I didn’t do a very good job of listening, until one day I knew I had to try something new.
Yoga has completely changed my life, which I know is something I constantly write but this is just another reason as to why it has. I started googling and researching different yoga exercises specifically for back pain. I wasn’t entirely sure where to start or what to do but I ended up finding some flow and vinyasa videos on YouTube. Eventually, after much research and practice, I started my own little “morning flow” as I like to call it because I now always do it when I wake up. Immediately I saw results and my back pain slowly but gradually started to get better. My back is defined and stronger than ever; but my favorite part... no more pain!
Below I’ve added the Top 10 best yoga poses for back pain, but in my opinion if you just do cat/cow pose a couple of times once or twice a day with steady breathing is a great start. It’s a great start and it’s also super easy and quick for when you don’t have a lot of time in the day. In addition, it’s also great stretching for your back after a workout, which is so incredibly important.
- Tadasana - Mountain Pose
- Vrikshasana - Tree Pose
- Utthita Trikonasana - Triangle Pose
- Bitiasana - Cow Pose
- Marjariasana - Cat Pose
- Supta Vakrasana - Reclining Spiral Twist Pose
- Setu Bandhasana - Bridge Pose
- Bujanghasana - Cobra Pose
- Adhvo Mukha Savanasana - Downward Facing Dog Pose
- Ardha Matsyendrasana - Half Fish God Pose - Seates Spinal Twist
Just give it a shot. Yoga is something everyone can try, do and even succeed in. It doesn't matter what your body type is or how flexible you are. I promise, EVERYONE can do it and you might even find that it ends up transforming your life. I'm living, breathing proof that it can and so are all of the inspiring yogis of the world!
Just give it a shot. You won't regret it! :)