Have a painful lower back? Try yoga for relief

Some yoga asanas go a long way in relieving lower back pain. We list the ones you can try.

Yoga has tremendous applications for the body, mind and soul. It offers a holistic range of solutions for better health and quality of life. It is said that there is at least one yoga pose or asana for every part of the human body!

This means that you can use yoga for lower back pain issues if you suffer from the same. These are some effective asanas to try:

* The Sphinx. Imagine the posture and position of the Sphinx in Egypt, and do the same. Lay down on your belly and place your feet hip-length apart. Place your elbows directly under your shoulders, and raise your head slowly so that the neck and upper back are straight. You will feel some pressure on your lower back – hold the pose for about 15 seconds, then relax. Repeat five more times. This yoga asana is excellent for toning the lower back and aligning the spine properly.

* The spine twist. This yoga pose for lower back pain is slightly difficult for those who have frozen shoulder or lower back injury. Please proceed with it only on the advice of your doctor. For others, this is an extremely relaxing asana that removes all the tension in the spine and shoulders. Lay down on your back and extend both arms straight in line with the shoulders. Pull your knees up towards your belly, and now turn your body slowly to the right without raising your arms off the floor. Keep your gaze on the ceiling and hold the pose for 5 seconds. Now bring your knees to your left and repeat. Do this with 10 reps on each side of the body.

* The cat pose. The classic cat pose has great application in yoga for lower back pain. Place your knees and hands on the floor, with the knees below the hips and the hands below the shoulders. Now arch your back as high as you can without lifting your knees or hands off the floor. Exhale slowly and pull your shoulders downwards. Hold the pose for 10 seconds, then relax and repeat 5 more times.

* The downward dog. This yoga pose for lower back pain involves placing the body belly down on the floor. Plant your toes firmly on the floor and raise your hips slowly upward so that your arms, hips and legs form a ‘V’ shape with the floor. Hold this pose while inhaling and exhaling slowly, for about 20 seconds. Relax for 20 seconds, then hold the pose again three more times.

These yoga poses will do a lot to alleviate your lower back pain, but if pain persists or increases in severity, it may be time to consult your doctor. Meanwhile, you can apply Moov pain relief spray to reduce the pain.