7 Yoga Postures to Relieve Body Pain

Past pain makes you more sensitive to future pain. With Chronic Pain, the mind & body have learned how to detect the slightest hint of threat & mount up for a full protective response. Present pain & associated suffering have their roots in past illnesses, trauma, stress, and injuries. Unfortunately, with chronic pain, getting better at pain means you undergo more pain, not less. The best way to unlearn chronic pain responses is to give the mind & body healthier responses to practice. Your mind & body have a natural healing response that is just as powerful as the pain response. Yoga helps reduce your pain by activating the bodies natural healing effects, directing the bodies energy to growth, repair, improve immune functioning, digestion & other self-nurturing processes.

Supta Baddha Konasana

How to: Begin lying on your back with your knees bend and bring the soles of your feet to touch. Allow your knees to fall to each side. Arms can rest along side your body.

Stay & Breathe for 3-5 minutes.

Uttanasana

How-to: Exhaling, hinge forward from the hips.

Stay & Breathe for up to 5 minutes.

Garudasana

How-to: Extend arms forward at shoulder height. Cross arms so that one arm is above the other, then bend your elbow bringing palms to touch. Raise arms to shoulder height.

Stay & Breathe for 1-3 minutes before switching sides.

Gomukhasana

How to: Inhale, reach arm to the sky, biceps next to ear. Bend elbow and place palm between the shoulder. Reach down and back with other arm, bend elbow and clasp hands.

Stay & Breathe for 1-3 minutes.

Supta Kapotasana

How-to: Begin lying on your back with your knees bend and the soles of your feet on the mat. Cross your ankle over your the thigh, close to the knee. Lift the foot off the ground and flex both feet. Thread the arms through and interlace fingers around the shin.

Stay & Breathe for 3-5 Minutes

Supta Matsyendrasana

How-to: Begin lying on your back. Hug one knee into the chest and cross it over the midline of your body to rest on the other side. Arms come to a T and gaze travels behind you.

Stay & Breath for 1-3 Minutes

Ardha Matsyendrasana

How-to: Begin in Seated posture with legs extending in front. Bend one knee and place your foot on the floor outside of the other knee. Turn torso towards the bent knee & place the arm on the outside of your knee. Bend the knee that is extended forward, bringing your foot near your sitting bone.

Stay & Breathe for 1-3 Minutes.

By: Krystal Denham

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