In studies it is shown that about 80% have big problems with their back sometimes in their life. This is also something I hear from my students in my classes and from women with endometriosis & pelvis pain.
When it comes to lower back pain it is important to take a closer look what causes the problem.
There can be so many underlying causes for this: Bad postures, misalignment in the pelvis, weak muscles, stiffness, emotional problems, stress, sitting too much and moving too little etc.
I also think that sometimes you need to do parallel treatment. I do that sometimes. For example you can go to a physiotherapist that helps you with your problem and at the same time you do a yoga program that suits your issues. Or you go to a chiropractor and keep a personal yoga program or relaxation exercise at the same time. It can be good to keep a conversation with your health care practitioner/ therapist about your yoga to know if it is ok to do certain yoga poses (or with your yoga teacher).
The Yogic view on it
I also have problems with lower back pain and yoga has helped me a lot. Sometimes yoga is all that it takes to get rid of it and sometimes I need help from a professional physiotherapist.
I also know that sometimes you need to go deeper what is the cause of all the pain. In the yoga tradition, if you look at it from an energetic perspective, it is connected to the lower chakras, especially the root chakra (depending where your pain is).
The root chakra is connected to your stability in life, feeling grounded and secure. So having a problem here can be related to money problems, insecurity, family issues etc. It is about taking care of yourself, do what´s best for your health, eating well, exercising and living a healthy life. To have a good relationship with your family. Being able to not get stuck in old beliefs so you can move forward. If you have any of these problems it can be worth working with them.
In this video above I´ll give you three yoga poses that can help you to ease your lower back pain. These poses are easy to do and you can also sit on a chair if you have a problem sitting on the yoga mat.
Try to do them every day for at least one week and feel how it feels. Let me know in the comments below how they are working for you!
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Helen Kåselöv is a yoga teacher and yoga therapist and the founder of Healing from within with yoga & food (former Yoga for Endometriosis & Pelvic pain). Helen has a history of severe endometriosis and is today helping women with endometriosis, PCOS, uterine fibroids and other pelvic pain online, with yoga, nutrition and other lifestyle changes. Using yoga both as a tool in different kinds of healing programs, pain management, yoga has become the foundation in her work. “Yoga can help you in so many ways: Physically, mentally, spiritually and as a personal development tool.”