What is yoga?
Yoga is a form of exercise made up of a series of movements and postures, as well as breathing and meditation techniques.4,5
Yoga is mainly used to help increase strength, flexibility and balance, but there are many other ways that it can benefit our physical health – particularly if you suffer from back pain.6
Yoga can also benefit mental health, with many breathing techniques practiced for relaxation and calming that can be employed inside and outside the yoga studio! Learning some of these methods can also help with pain relief, as it relaxes the body and reduces stress levels which can exacerbate pain.7
One of the best things about yoga is that it is extremely accessible. Yoga is suitable for people of all age groups and fitness levels, so you can take it up at any time of life.
But with so many different yoga poses, types and techniques available, it can be difficult to know which are best suited to easing your back pain. We’ve compiled a short list of simple, common yoga poses for back pain below, to help you get started in the comfort of your own home.