Restorative Yoga | Restorative Yoga for Lower Back Pain | Yoga with Dr. Melissa West 404

by Melissa West on October 6, 2017

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Yoga for Lower Back Pain


Lower back pain can be caused from a torn or pulled muscle or ligament. Sometimes lower back pain is the result of lifting a heavy object or from a sudden movement. Lower back pain can also result poor posture or a sports injury. No matter the cause, this restorative yoga class for lower back pain can help turn off the stress response to lower back pain so that your lower back can rest and repair.

When you experience lower back pain your body gets the message that your sympathetic nervous system kicks into high gear with stress response and your body believes it is being threatened and under a harmful state of attack. With restorative yoga, you receive the time to settle and drop in. Your brain will receive the message that you are safe and the stress response of the sympathetic nervous system can turn to the parasympathetic nervous system so that your body can begin its relaxation response and healing.

As we take the shapes of restorative yoga for lower back pain we are creating space for your breath to flow to your lower back. You can begin to rest on the props and the ground so that your body will be held. This will allow your breath to flow into the space created in your low back so that there is increased blood flow and increased lymph flow. The natural deeper breathing sends the message to your brain that you are safe, deepens your relaxation and enhances the healing of this restorative yoga for lower back pain.

When we are well supported by the ground and through props in restorative yoga, we can have the experience of being cradled and protected. All day long we control our experience through gripping, holding and tension. The support of the ground and props offers us the opportunity to release the gripping, holding and tension so that we can experience a deep level of relaxation and healing.

If you know somebody who could benefit from these teachings on lower back pain, please feel free to share it with them

Let me know in the comments what is the cause of your lower back pain

Props Needed: Bolster, Chair, Yoga Blocks

Yoga Postures/Asanas: Sphinx Pose or Salamba Bhujangasana, Child´s Pose or Balasana, Bridge Pose or Setu Bandhasana, Viparita Karini or Legs up a Chair, Supta Matsyendrasana or Reclined Spinal Twist, Savasana or Corpse Pose, Mudra for Back Pain

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  • Phyllis Holmes

    Melissa My pain is minimal t is in the sacro Iliac, mostly if I am on holiday in a new bed! Restorative helps me to relax as I am always wanting to be on the go. Whilst in Sardinia for two weeks I did yoga with you on script download , one for the whole time to discipline myself alone…whilst friends slept!! In fact now I am thinking of sleeping on the floor it is so relaxing, however I might not awaken!!!! Thankyou

    • Hi Phyllis, thank you for practicing restorative yoga for me. What a blessing it is to slow down and restore our energy. I’m glad you received the benefits of restorative yoga while on vacation. Namaste, Melissa

  • Anne Lichthart

    Thank you so much for these restorative classes, i make my way back into yoga with them! For almost three years i suffered from a complicated back injury and now, thanks to your classes i feel safe to join yoga again. Thank you dear Melissa, what a great gift.

    • I’m so happy to hear that Anne! Thanks for letting me know. May you continue to be able to participate and heal. Namaste, Melissa

      • Anne Lichthart

        Thank you so much Melissa!

  • Mary E Williams

    Love the class. The cause of my back pain, I was doing the pigeon pose wrong and irritated a muscle or tendon in my hip and lower back. This class has helped to ease the pain.

    • I’m so glad that this class helped to ease the pain Mary <3 Namaste, Melissa

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