Approximately 50-75 million Americans live with chronic pain every day. But despite this commonality of this position, there is still so much stigma associated with it. In fact, many chronic pain sufferers are told that their pain is “not real” or “all in their head”. This blatant dismissal from loved ones and even the medical community can increase rates of depression and other mental illness conditions among chronic pain sufferers. But, it does not have to be this way.
Chronic pain is a complex issue that requires a complex approach to treatment. Most chronic pain sufferers see the most relief by utilizing both medical intervention and physical therapy. At Samadhi Yoga, we believe in the healing powers of yoga for chronic pain sufferers.
How Does Samadhi Yoga Address Chronic Pain?
Our yoga teachers understand that chronic pain is a mind-body experience and they use their yoga toolbox of healing practices to help reduce and manage your pain.
Relieving Pain Through Relaxation
One of the most effective ways to help the body relieve and unlearn chronic stress is to give the body and mind a healthier response to practice. This is where yoga shines. Through the practice of yoga, you can transform your chronic pain and stress responses into “chronic healing”.
Here are some of the most common positions in yoga that are known to help chronic pain sufferers.
Created to give the practitioner a sense of security and nurturing, the nesting pose is the perfect pose to practice if you suffer from insomnia or other sleep issues.
To practice this position start by laying on your side, with your legs bent and drawn in toward your belly. Rest your head on a pillow and place another pillow between your knees. Feel free to rest your arms in whatever position feels the most comfortable and natural. Once in position take note of the natural rhythm of your breath, observe every inhalation and exhalation. Feel the breath move through your body and take comfort in this simple and effortless position.
Pro tip: Add another pillow may be placed behind your back for an extra sense of support.
Supported Bound Angle Pose
Designed to relax tension in the chest, shoulders, and belly, this pose begins with the practitioner placing a bolster or block on the ground behind them as they sit in front with their legs in a diamond shape. Next, place a rolled blanket or pillow under each thigh and knee, making sure that the legs are fully supported without a deep stretch or strain in the knees, legs, or hips. Next, lean back onto the bolster, supporting your body from the lower back to the back of the head. Rest your arms wherever is most comfortable.
Like before, take notice of your breath and feel your body relax and open with each inhalation.
Supported Backbend Pose
This heart-opening pose reinforces your desire to embrace life and not let challenges. This pose also releases chronic tension in the shoulders and back, reversing years of poor posture habits obtained by spending time sitting behind a desk or on a computer.
To complete this pose, start in a sitting position with a bolster or stack of pillows under slightly bent knees. Then place one folded pillow behind you and lie back. The pillow should behind you should support the upper rib cage, not the lower back. Next, place a rolled towel or a small blanket to support your head and neck at whatever height is most comfortable.
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