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29-May-2011

My Aching Back

Breathe into Pain

Like most people who work at a computer all day, I have very tight neck and shoulder muscles and frequently experience pain in my lower back. To help relieve my back pain I practice yoga. Yoga strengthens the muscles supporting the spine, as well as lengthens it. My back pain did not go away overnight; it has taken some time for the benefits of my yoga practice to take effect, and it has been so worth it.

Recently, I have been directing my breathing into my lower back and problem areas during yoga class, primarily during savasana. Since starting this breathing practice I’ve noticed a huge difference. My back has never felt better and the tightness and pain in my shoulders are diminishing.

I started to wonder if it wasn’t all in my head (or maybe that’s exactly where the healing begins). I did a little research on the phenomenon and got excited to learn that during meditation, if you allow your mind to focus on a particular part of the body, the blood flow to that area increases, providing an abundance of oxygen and other nutrients into those cells.

This focused breathing is having a positive impact on my overall well-being as well as my back pain. I’ve been flooding my aching back with natural healing ingredients fueled by the gift of my breath. This deep breathing also leaves me in a calmer state and reduces my stress levels. Do you have aches and pains in your body? Give yourself a gift and the next time you practice yoga, breathe into those trouble areas and let the healing begin. It may just be the best gift you receive this year.

Maria Santoferraro
Blogger, Yogi
The Daily Downward Dog
Yoga for Back Pain 

Try some simple yoga for back pain with this Rock Your Spine video

Recommended: Max Strom: Learn to Breathe (DVD) by Max Strom

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Elizabeth Kipp commented on 30-May-2011 09:26 AM5 out of 5 stars

Tommy Rosen's "Rock Your Spine" is a VERY helpful yoga exercise! I also love that Tommy explained the use of the breath AND working the spine WITHOUT pain. I have made great progress healing an old spine injury with the help of Yoga - using this same rule
-work just before there is pain. It may take time, but works!

G. Morona commented on 02-Jun-2011 02:20 PM5 out of 5 stars

It really works!! Namaste :))

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