This article was written by certified Yoga Tune Up® instructor, Sara Court.
It’s always good to remind ourselves how important core work is as a part of our yoga practice and our lives – enjoy!
Core Strength Will Protect Your Back
When I first met my new client, he was walking with a limp. “What’s going on there?” I asked him, and he replied that he had some hip and lower back pain from playing tennis the day before. On further inquiry, I found out that he was an avid golfer and tennis player, but was always in some level of discomfort either during or after the game (and sometimes both). In addition, his regular day-to-day involved much sitting on airplanes, sitting in meetings, sitting in a car (you get the picture!) and all that sitting was setting his low back up for a pretty big shock when he went out to play a few rounds with his friends.
With a targeted Yoga Tune Up® program to both strengthen the core and relieve lower back pain, my client began to experience immediate relief and the limp all but disappeared. One of the first poses that I got him working on was the Revolved Abdominal Pose, which I’ve posted below (for more videos like the). This yoga therapy exercise strengthens and stretches both the muscles of the lower back, the obliques and the transverse abdominals.
This pose, along with the full spectrum of poses from the Quickfix Lower Back Video (which you can view here), will give you a vocabulary of safe and healthy movements that strengthen the biomechanics of the low back and keep you in great condition so that you don’t have to give up anything you love!