Yoga For Sciatica Yoga With Adriene
Hello everyone. Welcome to yoga with Adriene. I'm Adriene, and today'spractice is yoga for Sciatica or for lower back pain, nerve pain. This is a really great practiefor anyone who has dealt with any flare ups in the lower back body. Perhaps you're recovering from an injury, and you're needing toease back into things.
Be really mindful. If you are in pain now, youmight need to ask your or you might need to checkin and just make sure you're doing the right exercise, but this is a really yummy practice that's going to balancestrengthening and stretching in a really kind and loving way. So, for today's practice,you're gonna need a towel,
a little towel if you have it. If you have a yoga strap, awesome, or if you have a tie,you can use that as well. Just something about yay long that will help you find length. Alright, so hop into something comfy. Grab your towel or your strap or your tie, and let's get started.
(lively, bouncy strumming music) Alright, the first thing we're gonna do is going to be a supine on our backs, and you're gonna need your towel or your strap or yourtie, whatever you got. So, put it right to your sideso you can grab it easily, and then bend the knees, use your hands to slowlyroll down to your back.
Get situated here. Connect with your breath. Knees are up towards the sky. Feet are on the mat. And take a second to bringthe hands to the belly or right to the hip points here, and just notice what'sgoing on in the lower back. If there's a space, ifyou can crawl your hand
between the lower back, see if you can make an adjustment tobring your lower back flush with the mat. And if you have to adjustyour feet, please do. So the lower back is nowpressing against the mat and since we're here to practice and go the extra mile, self love and care, take a moment to close your eyes,
3 Steps to Permanent Relief for SI Joint and Pelvic Pain
Today we are going to cover the 3 steps topermanent relief for pelvic and SI joint pain. Now what is SI joint painé The SI joint, ifyou do have SI joint pain, is pain on either side of the tailbone where the tailbone connectsto the pelvis. So this is a drawing of the pelvis. This is your tailbone. This isyour lumbar spine or your lower back, the bones in your lower back called vertebraesitting on top of your tailbone. Then on either side of that you have your right hip or yourleft hip if we are looking at a person from the front. When we see somebody with SI jointpain, they will typically have pain on that given side. 70% of the time, it is on theright side. Don't ask me why that is but
70% of the time we know it is on the right. You canalso get shooting groin pain, buttocks pain and symptoms down the outside of the leg thatis affected. It might be pain, numbness, tingling, burning. Typically, that personsuffers from a heaviness as well. It can also cause some incontinence and leaking issuesas along to effect sexual performance as well. It can be absolutely devastating ifthe pelvic problem is bad enough. Fortunately, most people just have pain on one side. Sowhat can you do about ité That person who has SI joint problems typically has troublerolling over in bed, getting in and out of a car, crossing one leg over the other. Usuallythey have trouble sitting for long periods
of time especially if it is on a couch or a softsurface. So it can be absolutely devastating. Now what are the steps to permanent relieffor thaté Number 1 is this. Most people when we seethem if they are going to try exercises on their own and they only have a little bitof SI joint pain or pelvic pain, they are doing stretches. Yes, there is a very basic stretchwhich most people show me on Day 1. It is a piriformis stretch which is where you grabthe knee and pull it up and across to the opposite shoulder. It will give the personwho suffers pelvic or SI joint problems and pain temporary relief. However, long termwe don't want to stretch. We want to
strengthen or stabilize. Why is thaté Whensomebody has an SI joint problem, so the center of gravity of your entire body is inthe center of your pelvis. That needs to move the right way and it needs to be stable whenyou are doing day to day activities. If it is not stable enough, what will happen is thejoint will move so far that it becomes stuck. So if we are looking at the tailbone, we havethe tailbone and we have the pelvis and you get a normal gliding day to day. If morestress, more force is put through the pelvis than the pelvis itself can handle, that SIjoint can handle, what will happen is you actually become stuck. Now that creates allsorts of problems for the muscle around it.
What most people do is try to stretch theirway out of it. The problem is not stretching and it is not flexibility. It is actuallya stability issue. If we want to stabilize, we need to do strengthening exercises. If you go on ourYouTube channel, on the Madden PT official YouTube channel, there is a tutorialcalled Top 3 Exercises for SI Joint and Pelvic Stability. They are very low grade, kindergartenlevelexercises where you can at least begin stabilizing the muscles that controlyour pelvis. But we don't want to stretch, we want to think stabilize. Step 2 is we want to take a look at our habits.So what are some habits that lead to
pelvic instability and problemsé Number oneis standing with the weight shifted. So if I'm standing like this with my weight shiftedside to side for long periods of time, what that does is over years and years and yearsit weakens the ligaments which are tissue that hold joints together that we can't control.Think about somebody with an ankle sprain. They sprained a ligament. They stretchedthe ligament but it is not a muscle. It is different than a muscle. There are littlehabits that we do. If I stand like this and let's say I weigh 175 pounds and if I'm standinglike this, I have 150 pounds on one side and 25 pounds on the other. Where if I'm standingbalanced, I have 87 Â½ pounds on each
Low Back Pain Relief 3 Yoga Poses
Beth Shaw, creator and founder of YogaFit, Inc.: Over 80 percent of Americans complain of low back pain sometime in their lives. Yoga is a wonderful way for us to release low back pain by stretching out through the quadriceps, the hamstrings, the hips, and the low back, all the while strengthening through the core center. Moving into a standing forward fold, we're going to make sure there's a microbend in our knees. We're going to hinge at the hips. Our feet are hipswidth apart. Let's move forward. Keep the core center muscles firm, grab onto the elbows, relax the head and neck, and lengthen through the cervical spine. So, this stretches out through the hamstrings, the low back, protects our low back with a microbend,
and enables us to just relax and breathe, checking in with our bodies and noticing how our hamstrings and low back feel. Let's keep in mind that we should always keep a soft bend in the knees in any forward fold. Moving into cat and cow pose, our hands are directly underneath the shoulders, knees are underneath the hips, and we start from a neutral spine position. Let's move into cat pose by bringing the heart center towards the tailbone, rounding the midback towards the sky. Our core center muscles are firm, we're stretching to the back muscles. And on an inhale, we're pulling the heart center forward, glancing up, pulling the tailbone to the wall behind us, contracting through the back muscles and stretching through the midsection.
Using the breath now, let's exhale and around, and inhale finds final extension. Repeating this a few times. Starting with the knees into the chest, we're going to extend one leg down to the ground, bring the opposite knee over the body, and look over the opposite shoulder. We'll want to direct the breath into the low back, hold the core center muscles firm, and then bring the knee back into the chest. Bring it all the way in. And slowly switch sides. Without forcing or pushing, just breathing into the pose and relaxing.
And then bring both knees back into the chest to realign the spine. Hi. I'm Beth Shaw, founder and creator of YogaFit. Please join me at the ACE Symposium in San Diego for a fullbody blast workout and a class on safe and effective yoga. We'll cover safety principles of alignment, proper transitions, languaging, and how to teach and practice yoga more efficiently. I look forward to seeing you all in San Diego. Namaste. (Text on screen): For more information visit ACE, American Council on Exercise, acefitness getfit.