Spinal health is essential. Our spine supports our bodies, protecting the nerves and enabling us to move. Each cell in our bodies is controlled by our central nervous system. If problems with our spine means it is unable to support the central nervous system, issues can rear their head.
Maintaining spinal health is therefore vital.
Easing lower back pain
Figures show around 2.5 million people in the UK suffer from back pain on a daily basis, costing the NHS approximately £12.3 billion and contributing to half of all sick days in Britain.
Back pain can range from anything from a constant, dull ache, to a sharp pain that leaves someone incapacitated. Pain in the back can be the result of years of bad posture, heavy lifting or the result of an accident.
Proper alignment and a good posture, designed to maintain the natural curvature shape of the spine, is important in helping to avoid or reduce lower back pain.
Yoga is an extremely effective form of exercise for maintaining good posture, keeping the curvature shape of the spine and therefore easing back pain.
According to the National Institute of Health (NIH), practicing a set of carefully adapted yoga postures may help ease the pain for individuals suffering from mild to moderate chronic low back pain and improve their ability to move and walk.
How yoga can help
One of the myriad of benefits of yoga includes improving and maintaining healthy movement and strength of the spine.
Yoga expands the different motions of the spine. By improving the agility and flexibility of the spine, yoga can help reduce the chances of spinal injuries. The different yoga poses encourage the muscles which support the spine to be in alignment with the deep core muscles and the abdomen.
Two of the principle components of maintaining a proper alignment of the spine are flexibility and balance, both of which yoga helps develop. The different poses carried out in a yoga sequence elongate the spine and stretch and strengthen its range of motion.
Yoga for a happy, healthy back
If you are suffering from back pain and are seeking alternatives ways to help alleviate the discomfort, increase your spinal strength and flexibility, and help you move more freely, why not join our Happy Backs workshop on Saturday 9th February?
We’ll be joined by the super knowledgeable Charlie Taylor-Rugman, back again following his sell-out Happy Hips and Happy Hamstrings workshops. Using his extensive knowledge of yoga and anatomy, Charlie will teach you how to use your yoga classes to develop a happy and healthy spine. You’ll learn how good alignment in your postures, coupled with proper breath control can strengthen your spinal muscles to keep your back healthy and reduce pain and discomfort. If you suffer from back pain during your yoga classes, or in every day life, or simply want to understand your spine better, this is a must-do workshop. Charlie is a Yoga Alliance accredited Senior Yoga Teacher. He is a regular guest instructor at Sweat Studios, delivering workshops designed to help you understand your body better and get more from your yoga. He is also an instructor on Sweat Studios’ Yoga Teacher Training Programme covering all aspects of anatomy and physiology.
You can book into our Better Backs Workshop here. £27 if purchased before January 1st 2019, £32 thereafter.