Yoga for Sciatic Pain

My journey to yoga evolved because of several factors.  First, my husband was transferred with his job from Houston to rural Northern NJ.   My life transformed overnight.  In Houston we lived in the city where I worked full time as a Special Education teacher.  Our new home in NJ was rural and I stayed home with my boys.  The adjustment to these changes was huge.  The second factor leading me to yoga was sciatic pain.   Struggling with the move and in tremendous pain I turned to yoga.

I did yoga during the boys nap time and researched yoga for sciatic pain. Eventually this led me to a yoga teacher training program and free of sciatic pain. 

 Throughout my teacher training my instructor Mike of Yoga of India asked me every week, “how is your hip” I’d answer, “it’s the same, my leg is still numb” until one day I realized it was gone.  Years later I still love the hip opening poses and incorporated them into classes and my own daily practice

 The following three poses helped ease my sciatic pain.  In addition to relieving sciatic pain, these poses help with the following:

 King Pigeon

Stretches the thighs, groins and psoas, abdomen, chest and shoulders, and neck

Stimulates the abdominal organs

 Opens the shoulders and chest

 Cow Face Legs Only

 Stretches the ankles, hips and thighs, shoulders, armpits and triceps, and chest

 Downward Facing Dog

Calms the brain and helps relieve stress and mild depression

Energizes the body

Stretches the shoulders, hamstrings, calves, arches, and hands

Strengthens the arms and legs

Relieves menstrual discomfort when done with head supported

Helps prevent osteoporosis

Improves digestion

Relieves headache, insomnia, back pain, and fatigue

Therapeutic for high blood pressure, asthma, flat feet, sciatica, sinusitis

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About yogabarb

Barbara is a Mom of three boys, yoga instructor and massage therapist. She aspires to live her yoga everyday.
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2 Responses to Yoga for Sciatic Pain

  1. I am enjoying your blog! I also love yoga and plan to do a blog very soon about the mental health benefits of yoga and meditation! Happy Memorial Day! – Michelle

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