Curing Disk Degenerative Disease With Yoga

By Patricia | December 12, 2008
Yoga For Degenerative Disc Disease

Yoga is practiced as an art form and as a way of life. Originating in India about 5,000 years ago, it involves certain poses (known as asanas), breathing exercises (pranayama), and meditation. Collectively, Yoga helps in strengthening the body and the mind, providing relaxation and rejuvenation.
It is believed that those suffering from degenerative disc disease and similar such conditions have imbalances in their Vata and Pitta. Hence, Yoga is considerably affective in that it helps regain this lost balance. Moreover, a healthy and well-balanced diet is extremely useful for catalyzing the beneficial affects of the Yoga poses.

The three most common poses used for alleviating pain, and at times, reversing the process of degenerative disc disease is as follows.

Cat Pose (Bidalsasana):Kneel on the ground and bend forward placing your palms on the ground ahead of you. Ensure that your calves as well as your feet are relaxed. Also, make careful note that the angle at your shoulders, hips, and knees is exactly 90 degrees. Once you are comfortable in this position, inhale slowly and move your stomach outward and downward toward the floor. At the same time, pull your head back and try to look up. Then, while exhaling push downward on your hands and pull your back upwards, pressing your stomach into your spine. During this movement, bring your head down such that your are looking at the space between your knees. Hold this position for about 5 to 10 seconds, and then, go back to neutral. Repeat in one smooth movement.

Cobra Pose (Bhujangasana): Lie on your stomach and fold your arms such that you can rest your head on them. Slowly raise your head and move your hands back such that your palms are flat on the ground just below shoulder level at either side (your elbows should be bent). Supporting your weight on your chest and arms, lift yourself off the ground. Your arms should eventually be perpendicular to the ground. Hold this pose for as long as you can, breathing normally. This pose can make your lower back feel uncomfortable, but it is highly recommended for lower back pain.

Knee to Chest Pose (Apanasana): Lie flat on your back and keep your body relaxed. Take a deep breath, and while exhaling, lift your leg and bring your knee towards your chest. Placing your hands on your knee attempt to pull your knee further towards you as if you were trying to hug it. Hold this position for about 10 to 15 seconds and then release. Repeat with the other leg.

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