Yoga is known to develop the practitioner’s strength and flexibility, as well as make him generally healthier and more energized. But besides the regular yoga benefits, you can also use this ancient tradition to help you if you feel any kind of pain, whether it is a onetime unfortunate occasion or a chronic issue. Many issues can be treated with yoga, but here are some of the most common ones:
- Back Pain
Many people are suffering from back pain. Whether it is because of spinal conditions, lumbar pain or anything else, yoga can relieve it. For some of the issues like discus hernia, yoga can not only help but also be the primary treatment and has proven to be successful. It is important to choose the right postures and take it easy in the beginning. Appropriate poses will massage the muscles in our back and lengthen our spine while releasing tension. Some postures are particularly good for back pains. These are:
- Child’s pose
- Cat/Cow Pose
- Pigeon Pose
- Cobra Pose
- And Happy Baby Pose
- Neck Pain
As a result of issues in the upper spine or too much time spent with a rounded back, many people deal with neck pain. The poses for neck pain strengthen and stretch the muscles and open the space between vertebrae. When working on these exercises, you should try to keep your jaw loose, even if that isn’t the typical alignment of those specific postures. Some of the best poses are:
- Shoulder Stand
- And Rabbit Pose
If you are suffering from a headache and the pills just don’t cut it for you, doing some yoga could lessen the symptoms. It will boost your circulation and relieve the tension. You don’t have to do the postures since some yogic breathing exercises could be enough. If you do choose to work on the postures as well, the best ones are different variations of the forward bend and spinal twists.
- Knee Pain
It is the issue of both active and inactive people alike, as it can be due to a lot of causes. You should avoid kneeling postures and learn to activate your muscles more to take the weight away from your knees. It is especially important in standing postures such as Warrior poses, lunge and Chair pose. Also, you should do poses such as Bridge pose, Triangle pose and Garland pose to strengthen and stretch this area.
- Hip Pain
Many people suffer from pain in the hips, mostly because of stiff muscles. There are many stretches which can unwind all the tension gathered in the hips and make them more flexible. Try poses such as Pigeon pose, Thread the Needle pose, Low lunge pose, and Bound angle pose. Don’t go over your edge and be sure to do some warm-up exercises before you start.
- Ankle pain
Ankles take a lot of stress daily and are generally not exercised enough. If you are experiencing pain in your ankles, you should go lighter in yoga postures that put extra pressure on them. You can warm them up by pedaling your legs in the Downward dog pose and stretch them in Child’s pose.