Low Back conditions are fairly common in the 50+ population. Examples are Lumbar Disc Damage and SI Joint Dysfunction. Both of these create an instability in the spine that can be compromised in twisting and bending postures. You may ask: If we have a Low Back issue, should we practice Yoga on the floor? The answer is yes, but only if there is no pain and it is done cautiously.
“Being Cautious” is the Name of the Game
Always err on the side of less is good! If you have one or more Low Back conditions, you should be very cautious while doing spinal movements. Especially where forward bends and twists are concerned. Remember the saying “No Pain, No Pain.” If you feel any type of pain, gently back out of the pose.
Above all, be mindful and listen to your body so that you learn where your limits are. In other words, know when to stop and find a place where you can enjoy the benefits of a gentle stretch without any pain.
Justine Shelton uses her therapy training to adapt Yoga poses for students with Low Back conditions. Have your props ready and join Justine to reap the benefits of some powerful Yoga poses.