Slow flow online yoga classes can be an effective way to release tension in and around the lower back. Low back pain can arise from a variety of issues. Sometimes it’s from tension in the soft tissue around the spine such as muscles, tendons and ligaments. Or the pain can be coming from structural issues in the spine such as damage to the disc or misalignments in the vertebra. Often it’s a combination of both. Tension and imbalance in the soft tissue in the low back pull the spine out of alignment which can lead to a variety of spinal issues. It’s always best to see a doctor about chronic low back pain and get their blessing to do yoga.
Slow flow online yoga classes are slow paced and take more time to teach breath and alignment. This is important to reap the full benefits of the class as well as prevent injury. We have over fifty slow flow videos to choose from. Here are a few that we recommend to address low back pain and tension. We’ve included class previews for each.
This is a great 75 minute class. It focuses on the 1st chakra, which is the pelvic, hip and low back area. One common cause of low back pain is tight hips and low back muscles. Move through several poses and transitions that will loosen up these areas. Focus on the forward and backward tilt of the pelvis to bring more range of motion to the hips. Flow through a variety of poses that stretch and strengthen the lumbar spine. Watch a preview of the class below.
Pain in the lower back can come from overall physical and mental tension that is like a current through the entire body. We all experience stress, some more than others. We all have pockets where we hold unconscious tension in the body like the jaw, belly, neck and the lower spine. Sometimes it’s helpful to do a class that is focused on releasing the entire body. Get into every nook and cranny to excavate the unconscious gripping of muscles that we may not even know we have. Once you arrive in savasana, or the final resting pose, you’ll feel more relaxed than you may have felt in a long time. This class is great for addressing stress. It’s like a gentle whisper to your lower spine saying, “hey, it’s time to let go and relax.” Watch a preview of the class below.
The spine moves in several different directions and it’s important to maintain mobility in all of them. Anatomically, these directions are called extension, flexion, rotation, and lateral flexion. In yoga these movements are called backbends, forward folds, twists and side-bends. It’s not necessary to do these actions to the extreme like you might in a challenging vinyasa class. Slow flow offers everything the spine needs but in a very gentle and effective way. Jon focuses on twists and backbends in this class as well as a strong emphasis on the breath. His cues are very subtle but worth trying to apply. You’ll learn a lot about what your body can do and find releases that you may not find in any other teacher’s class. Watch a preview of the class: