Best Poses for Back Pain

I am often asked, “What is the best pose to do for my back, my neck, my shoulder?”  There is no right answer because each persons needs are different and usually one pose does not alleviate the pain or concern. But it got me thinking the other day…what is the one pose I would do if I had pain in my low back or neck, etc. Here are some common complaints I hear.

If I had pain in my low back  I would do Supta Padangustasana (the whole series).  Even though this is not really one pose because it has four versions, you don’t have to move from the lying down position.

For my shoulder, if it is my deltoid I would do Viparita Pasrva Hastasana at the wall.

For my neck and trapezius and upper back pain I would do backbend over two blocks or shoulderstand (if you practice regularly).

For hip or sacrum pain, I would do Eka Pada Rajakapotasana unless that is too difficult then I would do Sukhasana with forward bend.

For feet pain I would do Vajrasana the traditional way and then with toes tucked under.

For tired legs, I would do Virasana or if you have bad knees, then legs up wall.

For menstrual pain, I would do Supta Baddhakonasana.

For anxiety or sleeplessness I would do Savasana.

If I missed something that you are curious about or if you have any questions about the above poses, email me.

Love Shauna