4 Ways Yoga Can Help You Relieve Back Pain

Back pain is one of the most common ailments in America. Whether you sit in an uncomfortable office chair throughout the week or suffered an injury in the past, chronic back pain can significantly decrease your quality of life. If you’re one of the countless people suffering from back pain, then you should consider trying a yoga class instead of taking over-the-counter painkillers or living in discomfort. Below, we’ll explain four different ways in which yoga classes can help you relieve your back pain.

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How Yoga Can Benefit Your Back

Strength

While some people don’t think of yoga as a strenuous activity, they couldn’t be more wrong. Yoga classes require you to use muscle groups and individual muscles you probably don’t normally use, including muscles that are located in your back and core. Your back and core both support your spine, and strengthening these muscles can go a long way toward reducing low, mid, and upper back pain.

Stretching

Back pain — especially pain in the lower back — is often caused by tight muscles. Tight hips, hamstrings, and back muscles can all contort the spine and contribute to poor posture, which in turn translates into pain. The stretches performed in yoga classes can help your muscles to relax and loosen up, decreasing the amount of stress on your spine. Many practitioners stretch both on and off the mat to stay loose, and if you suffer from back pain, we recommend doing the same!

Posture

As we mentioned in the previous section, tight muscles can contribute to poor posture and cause your back to ache throughout the day. While it’s important to actively focus on your posture whenever you sit, stand, walk, and run, participating in yoga classes can help you to develop good posture that comes naturally with time.

Awareness

At Wilmington Yoga Center, we believe that mindfulness is one of the most important skills you can develop. While we don’t have time to fully explore the topic in today’s post, the self-awareness you cultivate in yoga classes can help you notice and address back pain before it worsens. By learning to pay attention to and become more harmonized with your body, you can take better care of your back and your body as a whole.

Are you curious about mindfulness meditation? You can read more about what mindfulness is in this post!

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We hope that today’s post will help any of our readers who suffer from back pain. If you would like to learn more about our yoga classes, then come by the studio or reach out to us online to get 30 days of yoga for only $30.

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