As if yoga couldn’t get more magical or appealing, did you know yoga can help with specific conditions as well?
Here are a few poses to try for a handful of common conditions and issues.
Downward Facing Dog Pose For Back Pain:
Get on all fours. Place your hands in alignment under your wrists and your knees under your hips. Press into your hands, tuck your toes under, and lift up your knees. Bring your sitting bones up toward the ceiling. Keep a slight bend in your knees and lengthen your spine and tailbone. Keep your heels slightly off the ground. Press firmly into your hands. Distribute your weight evenly between both sides of your body, paying attention to the position of your hips and shoulders. Keep your head in line with your upper arms or with your chin tucked in slightly.
Cobra Pose For Asthma:
Start on your stomach. Place your palms on the floor beneath your shoulders, fingers spread wide and facing forward. Straighten your legs behind you, hip-width apart. Press your pelvis into the floor. Press into your hands and lift your upper body, keeping your hips still. Roll your shoulders back and keep your chin parallel to the floor so that the back of your neck stays elongated. Hold for 15 to 30 seconds.
Child’s Pose For Menstrual Cramps and Pain:
Start with your knees on the floor. Fold forward, extend your arms, and bend down as far as you can comfortably go. If possible, lean your forehead on the mat in front of you for five slow, diaphragmatic breaths or breaths using your belly rather than your chest. You’re going to want to relax your hips and slowly stretch those lower back muscles.
Legs Up The Wall Pose For Anxiety:
Roll up your yoga mat about halfway and rest it directly at the wall. Sit with your left or right side resting as close to the wall as possible, just outside your mat. In one steady movement, swing your legs up onto the wall and rest your shoulders, and head onto your mat. Slowly ease yourself forward until your buttocks and hamstring area touch the wall. Allow yourself to close your eyes and relax. Stay in this pose for 10 minutes or longer if needed.
Finding The Right Medications To Be The Yin To The Yang Of Yoga
Remember, yoga is not a cure-all, fix-all, and should not be used as the primary method to treat illnesses and conditions. It’s essential to speak to your doctor or healthcare professional about your health to create a proper care plan for you.
- Here are a few medications your healthcare professional might add to your care plan in addition to your yoga routine.
- Fluoxetine or sertraline might be prescribed for those who suffer from anxiety and depression.
- Birth control pills, as such combination pills containing both estrogen and progesterone, like tri-sprintec or minipills containing just progesterone, like norethindrone, might be prescribed to those who suffer from menstrual cramps and symptoms of PMS.
- Pulmicort popular medications prescribed to those who have asthma.
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