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Yoga Exercises for Lower Back Pain: 15 minutes for quick relief...This can help with sciatica, herniated discs, and general low-back discomfort. 

Follow along with Katie in this all levels yoga therapy practice designed to release tension in the low back, hips, and shoulders. This practice can be done anytime of day! In the morning when you are stiff or anytime your low-back hurts. 

This practice is beneficial for people dealing with:
- strained low back muscle
- herniated discs
- sciatica

Please listen to your body and stop the practice if you feel pain at any time!

Did you know that lower back pain is the second leading cause of missing work?! Most people have pain from strained low back muscles, herniated discs, or sciatica. We often times experience these back issues due to poor posture, lack of movement, excess weight, and improper body mechanics. This video explains why these conditions occur in the body and provide a gentle all-levels yoga practice to prevent and treat these ailments. This practice is beneficial for all of those conditions.

This practice may appear very simple, however the health benefits are quite profound. Simply raising the arms over the head elongates the spine, stretches the muscles alongside the spine, flushes new blood to the disc between the vertebrae, and opens the shoulders, reducing neck and shoulder tightness. Bringing the knees to the chest, as shown in the video, helps to relieve tension in the low-back and stimulate blood-flow while opening up the low-back area. Knees to chest is beneficial for almost everybody. This is one of the poses that will almost always make you feel better when you have pain or discomfort. This yoga therapy sequence also releases tension in the hips and hamstrings which often times contribute to low-back problems. The component of the breath is also very important in yoga and is highly emphasized in this breath-centered practice (one breath, one movement).

When Katie's was doing her Yoga Therapy training with Larry Payne at LMU, her father was experiencing severe low back pain and numbness down his left leg. Katie described these symptoms to Larry and he gave her this exact practice, which provided her father the first sign of relief in months. Originally, her father was sent home from the doctor with pain medicine and no other tools to deal with the pain -- he was just told to come back in a few weeks. Katie and her father diligently did this practice twice a week and it reduced the numbness in his leg as well as the pain in his low-back, leading him to feel more empowered to manage his own pain.

Music by Kevin Macleod
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