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Yoga can Help with Back Pain (for Grownups)

Yoga can Help with Back Pain (for Grownups)

A recent study proved that yoga could be just as effective as physical therapy for those experiencing lower back pain.

The Boston Medical Center collaborated with yoga instructors, doctors and physical therapists to create a yoga class specifically designed to alleviate back pain. Trained instructors used gentle poses, including cat-cow, triangle pose and child's pose, to lead participants through an easy class. They avoided more difficult poses like inversions (where the practitioner stands upside down).

We love this resource specifically because the poses and techniques are quite similar to how we designed our training. Children have developing bodies, and more flexibility in their joints – but particularly in their spines. This may sound like a good thing, but it actually means that, similar to those with lower back issues, the yoga practice could cause them more harm if the poses aren't gentle and safe. We, like this program, emphasize easy poses that provide minimum strain on tender areas of the body.

The best part about this study? Anyone can download the list of poses and a training manual to integrate this work into their own practice or teaching.

Here's a few poses that we love at the office – have you tried any yet? Did any of the others resonate with you? 

Read the full article on NPR.

Crescent Moon Pose

Downward Dog Pose

Knees Together Twist Pose

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A Beginner's Guide to (Grownup) Yoga

A Beginner's Guide to (Grownup) Yoga