The spine is a crucial part of our movement system. Our daily lives can have an impact on how the spine feels; from poor sleeping positions or an uncomfortable mattress, sitting at a desk or driving all day, lifting children or heavy objects, to tension and stress. These can all contribute to back pain or discomfort.
Yin Yoga is a fantastic antidote to help elevate back pain. The Yin Yoga practice provides an opportunity for healthy compression and decompression of the spine. It creates more awareness in this often invisible part of your body (well it is behind you!) and given that yin postures are not aggressive on the muscles, should allow tension to melt away.
The next Yin Yoga workshop will be focusing on a sequence to gently lengthen the connective tissue around the spine. Working with flexion, extension and twisting of the spine, you should leave with better ease of movement, less tension and stand tall (but relaxed).
Yin Yoga teaches us a lot about our mental state as it forces us to back off, slow down and be kind. It’s important to practice yin poses with intention, awareness and patience, allowing our bodies to open up in their own time.
If you suffer with chronic back pain it is best to consult with a healthcare professional to find out which movements work for you before you come along, and then we can work from there, finding you the ideal place to heal.
Next Yin Yoga – Thursday 29th March. If you can’t make it to this one then there is Friday 27 April.