What's a good pose for....?
As a yoga teacher, I am often pulled aside before or after class by someone asking the above question. The most common culprits? Back pain, stress and headaches.
Here are my top three yoga "prescriptions".
Good for: Depression, anxiety, upper and lower back pain, digestion, headache and insomnia.
Depending on position, this pose is a great stretch for either the lumbar spine and sacrum, or the upper back and shoulders. It also offers a gentle stretch to the hips, thighs and ankles.
By pressing your forehead into your mat, arms or hands, you are signalling your nervous system to quiet down. This is a great way to start to conquer anxiety, depression and insomnia. Slow, deep breathing in this pose offers steadiness and grounding.
-Why I Love Child's Pose
This pose is a forward fold, making it a wonderful way to bring your focus inward. It takes time to learn mindfulness, and this is one of the best postures I know to help with that. It is also great because of the countless ways you can modify, making it accessible to almost everyone. (i.e. Sitting at a table with your head resting on your hands is a nice modification for people with knee issues)
Legs Up The Wall Pose
Good For: Fatigue, stress, blood pressure, digestion, and back pain
Good For-Low back pain, sciatic pain, hip flexibility, digestion