Chronic low-back issues are incredibly common, but they’re also debilitating, and can affect the quality of your life. Join Leslie Kazadi for this insightful delve into the root issue of most low-back discomfort, learn how to lift your pelvic floor, and gain a new understanding of how to take care of your back when you’re on your mat, and when you’re out in the world.
When your low back is tender and you don't know what to do, give it a rest! Give yourself some TLC with a restorative practice using the wall for inversions to relieve tension in the back and also reset the nervous system. Then you will be able to get curious about what you need to do in the long term to support your low back with the stability and flexibility that create strength & freedom.
We all have habits that don't serve us. Low-back pain is merely a message that is saying, "hey, let's do something different!" Get curious about what your habits are, where you need to be more open and/or build more strength. And while you're at it, build strength in your core with some simple and safe poses that will create stability and ease in your low back and posture.
Standing poses are a great way to explore and change your postural habits to create a greater sense of strength and ease in your spine. Find the appropriate alignment for you that allows you to create length and stability in your low back so that you truly feel like a peaceful warrior.
With risks come rewards. So let's be wise about how to do twists and backbends, which may alleviate or aggravate low backs, depending on how they are done. First, get curious in a simple seated twist and discern the best strategy for you. Is it better to stabilize the pelvis or let it follow the twist? And feel how the strength in your core allows you to open the chest without low-back pain.
You may be flexible and find forward folding easy, or you may be tight and find them challenging. Either way, stabilizing your spine so that you forward fold from the hips will bring you into balance. Explore how to find stability and flexibility in sun salutes so that your spine feels supple and strong. And feel how forward folding on your back eliminates back pain and creates flexibility.
Now that you've built some strength and awareness of how to protect your low back, let's play with flying a little. Feel the freedom and fun of floating your leg back for 3-legged dog and maybe even floating the feet up between the hands in vinyasas while maintaining the stability of your core to protect your low back. And learn a great trick for creating extra support in full inversions!
This session allows you to get a complete practice that supports your core with each breath. Integrate the previous lessons in the back-care course, feel your breath, listen to your body and enjoy your practice!