Tuesday, 4 August 2015

Fish Pose for Back Pain Relief

Yoga Teacher Training School | Rishikesh Yog Dham 2015-2016.
This month is Spinal Muscular Atrophy Awareness Month. It is a condition with varying degrees of debilitating physical symptoms that can lead to depression and hopelessness. In the next two weeks, I encourage you to look around at those people in your life who are struggling physically and emotionally, and offer them a free 30-minute meditation session. 

Below is a suggested physical position that is used to take pressure off of the spine and to improve diaphragmatic breathing. We know, based on neuroscience, that breathing and meditation are powerful tools in managing our stress response and balancing mood. Please share the gift of yoga and empower those in need with some simple tools to care for themselves. And most importantly, practice this yourself. As we teach self-care, we teach love. As we teach love, we learn to love better.

Seated Upright Fish Pose

Set Up: Keep the chest inclined with a rolled up yoga mat, blanket, or pillow placed under the ribs, just below the armpits. I chose to

extend my legs after a long day of standing, but you may instead choose butterfly to open inner thighs, or try binding, wrapping legs with a blanket to stabilize the low back, pelvic floor, hips, and SI joint. This pose is used to improve digestion, and diaphragmatic function.