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For years I have been suffering from excruciating back pain. Initially, it was only after running for long periods of time or bending over for longer than necessary. After moving house in 2018, the pain was unbearable and I took two weeks off of work. Back pain is possibly one of the worst types of pain possible, and when it flares up it can make even the simplest of tasks difficult.
It wasn’t long before I was officially diagnosed with sciatica and was told that aside from regular exercise and painkillers when necessary there was no treatment. The problem? Regular exercise is also hard when you have back pain that not only causes spot pain, but also a dull ache down your leg as well. A quick Google search told me that being active throughout the day was the easiest way to combat this, however working in an office doesn’t make it easy to be active all day. After doing some more digging and talking to my friends, as well as reading blog posts there was one option I hadn’t considered: Yoga.
Every blog post and every person raved about the benefits of Yoga when it came to their back pain, and not only was it therapeutic in that sense but it was also a great way to stay in shape. One slight problem… I’d never tried Yoga and I’m not the type to walk into a class without knowing what to expect… I might embarrass myself! Cue more internet research.
Yoga was… tricky. I’m not the most coordinated of people and I had minimal flexibility. With a lot of searching, and some tears I eventually found some beginner friendly Yoga videos. Yoga has become a staple in my daily life, not only do I attribute it to the minimisation of back pain in my daily life, but I also find I am able to work out longer at the gym. This didn’t happen over night, and it’s an ongoing commitment but it is so worth it.
Recently, while surfing the web, I found a website that has hundreds of different Yoga classes available for streaming and downloading. Not only do they have an entire category dedicated to Yoga for back pain, but also weightloss, strengthening and more. Each of the programs available come with classes appropriate for all experience levels.
The thing is, doing Yoga hasn’t just improved my back pain, it’s helped my overall health! I’m not one for meditating or aligning my chakras etc, however taking some quiet time just before bed really helps to wind down, meaning it’s easier to sleep once I hop into bed. Taking time in the morning allows me to fully wake up, I don’t feel as rushed and feel more productive during the day. Yoga has seriously changed my life and I never thought I’d say that in a million years.
Do you do Yoga? Are you going to give it a go?
See the preview for the first class I took below!