ACHES AND PAINS?

April 1st, 2018

Iyengar yoga teacher Najeeb Sayed shows you how to relieve your aches and pains with yoga.

Lower back pain apparently is one of the most common reasons people visit a doctor for. Up to 85% of us suffer from lower back pain at some point or the other. According to published estimates, 20% of the population suffers from chronic neck pain caused by a variety of structural dysfunctions in the neck, resulting in impaired quality of life and lost work time.

Yoga is extremely helpful in overcoming aches and pains. According to research, yoga can increase core strength, flexibility and endurance in those with back and neck pain. Here are a few yoga asanas to help you get started:

Supta Padangusthasana

(Reclining Big Toe Pose)

— Lie on the floor with your legs stretched out and arms by the sides.

— Exhale, lift the right leg up towards the chest and hold the big toe with your right hand.

— Straighten the right leg to be perpendicular to the floor.

— Keep the toe, knee and thigh in line, and press the thigh back.

— Ensure that the left thigh does not rise from the floor.

— Exhale, bend the knee, release the hand, bring the leg down and rest it on the floor.

— Now, repeat the same with the left leg.

Benefits:

You have to learn to extend the hamstring muscles and bring free movement in the gluteal muscles. It relieves one from sciatica and lumbago pain. It also gives great relief to the pelvic region by aerating the area, protecting one from hernia and prostrate problems.

Gomukhasana

(Cow Face Pose)

— Sit on the floor with your legs stretched out in front and your back straight (dandasana).

— Bend the left leg and place it over the right thigh so that the left heel touches the outer side of the right buttock.

— Bend the right leg and place the right heel beside the left buttock. Both buttocks remain on the floor.

— Raise the right arm and bend it behind the head so that the elbow points up.

— Bring the left arm behind the back from below and clasp the fingers of both the hands together. The head remains upright and straight and rests on the right forearm.

— Look up. Breathe normally and hold the position. Return to the starting position.

— Release the arms, then the legs, and sit again in dandasana. Now repeat the same with the right leg.

Benefits:

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome causes tingling, numbness and pain in the hands and wrists. It’s often the result of spending too much time on the computer. Poses like gomukhasana can help you fight this problem.

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