Back Pain While Doing Yoga Lotus Poses – Brings Your Relaxation And Awareness Back

By Patricia | April 27, 2009
Back Pain With Lotus Poses

Yoga is an ancient healing therapy that can help you achieve physical harmony along with mental balance. This discipline has its origins in India around 5000 years ago. Yoga has been used worldwide to help against several afflictions and diseases. There are a wide variety of asanas or postures along with breathing techniques called pranayama to help guide you.

One of the most basic, yet chief poses of yoga is the lotus pose or Padmasana. It is one of the most popular yoga asanas around. Although an asana, this pose focuses on your breathing as well. To perform this pose, sit down and cross one foot over another such that each foot touches the thigh of the opposite leg. Place your hands on your legs and keep your back straight. While being seated, take in deep breaths and exhale slowly. This will help you concentrate. The lotus pose is excellent for meditation, bringing your relaxation as well as awareness. You could also practise chanting ‘Aum’ while in this pose. The vibrations from this chant will positively benefit your body.

Another common variation of the lotus pose is the half lotus pose or the Ardha Padmasana. It is exactly similar to the full lotus pose, except you cross only one leg over the other. Most people begin with the half lotus pose and then move to the full pose. Once you become a regular practitioner, you can try walking using the palms of your hands while keeping the feet crossed and off the ground.

Both the half and full lotus poses are excellent in helping you develop good posture. However, one usually needs to maintain these poses for at least 15 minutes everyday for their full benefits. Those who have been doing this for long can hold these poses for hours. Keeping your back upright for such a long time can often lead to pain or an aching sensation in the back.

To avoid such pain, one of the simplest things you can do is maintain the pose for a minimum of 15 minutes, perform some other exercise or take a break, and come back to this. This will avoid over-stressing your back. Another simple solution would be to perform a couple of warm-up exercises before you sit in this pose. You could do simple shoulder stretches or bend your body around hips from side to side or simple lunges. This will keep your nimble and it will be harder for your back to get stressed.

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