Yoga Practice For Spondylothesis

(February 13, 2009)

Im having slip disc problem in L4 L5 S1. I have a severe pain which arises from left lower lumber to left feet. I want your suggestion.


Your condition may mean spondylothesis at the level of L5-S1. If your slipped disk has injured the nerve root it could be 3 – 4 months before you heal with therapy and proper medication. If you feel any numbness accompanied by pain it just might be a sign of a slightly more serious condition. Resort to the conservative approach to treatment and you are bound to get better in a matter of months.

Yoga for spondylothesis

Before you take up Yoga practices, it would help you to keep these points in mind.

  •   Yoga should be practiced only in the mornings or in the
      evenings.
  •   Yoga should be practiced on an empty stomach.
  •   Never continue doing any of the Yogasanas (poses) if you feel
      uncomfortable.
  •   As a thumb rule, in Yoga, breathing is extremely important.
      Your breath should, necessarily, synchronize with your body
      movements.

Asanas (poses)

Lay more emphasis in the following:

  •     Sukhasana (Easy Pose)
  •     Vajrasana (Warrior Pose)
  •     Viparita Karani (Legs against the wall Pose)
  •     Sarvangasana (Shoulder Stand)
  •     Ushtrasana (Camel Pose)
  •     Bhujangasana (Cobra Pose)
  •     Shalabhasana (Locust Pose)
  •     Chakrasana  (Wheel Pose)
  •     Ardha Chakrasana (Half Wheel Pose)
  •     Makarasana (Crocodile Pose)
  •     Shavasana (Corpse Pose)

Pranayamas (breathing techniques)    

  •     Kapalabhatti (Skull Cleansing)
  •     Anuloma-Viloma (Alternate Nostril Breathing)
  •     Brahmari (Bee Breath)
  
In forward bending poses, the seated ones are most likely give you more trouble. For instance, in reclining forward bends such as Supta Padangusthasana (Supine Hand to Toe Pose), or Paschimottanasana (Seated head to knees pose), the gravity doesn’t compress your disks. However, in standing forward bending poses such as Uttanasana (Camel Pose), or Padangusthasana (Standing Forward Bend), if your you tilt your sacrum forward, far enough to let your spine hang down, then the gravity actually helps stretch your spine, thus widening the spaces between your disks. Gravity compresses your disks, only in the seated forward bends.

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  •    Yoga should be practiced only in the mornings or in the
       evenings.
  •   Yoga should be practiced on an empty stomach.
  •   Never continue doing any of the Yogasanas (poses) if you feel
      uncomfortable.
  •   As a thumb rule, in Yoga, breathing is extremely important.
      Your breath should, necessarily, synchronize with your body
      movements.
Do all these practices for a few days with the poses and breathing exercises and see the results.

Submitted by A on February 13, 2009 at 04:38

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