Yoga is wonderful for keeping you toned and destressed.
There are many forms of yoga. I teach Scaravelli inspired yoga. I am passionate about working with people and keeping myself up to date by training with some leading lights of the fitness world.
I focus on working with gravity: we surrender the weight of the body towards the earth and use that grounding sensation to help extend the spine up to the heavens.
On the surface it may look at though not much is going on, but as Vanda Scaravelli said herself, “To absorb the teaching requires infinite time and no ambition”.
On this page I will be regularly adding short instructional videos and tips and tricks to help with everything from back pain to insomnia.
Low Back Pain, Hip Pain and Sciatica
This sort of pain can come on suddenly, sometimes without any apparent reason. It can be felt all the way from your upper thigh to your foot.
It can be a nagging lower back pain that spreads downward through your buttock and doesn’t shift no matter what you try. Sciatic nerve pain, also called sciatica, causes painful throbbing or numbness in the lower back and limbs.
The sciatic nerve is the largest single nerve in the body.
The problem starts in the lower spine and can be intermittent. It can affect just about any movement you make and is a particular problem for manual workers.
The good news is that there are exercises that can really help.
Yoga has gained a reputation as being safe and effective for people with sciatic nerve pain. Some of the most important movements for preventing sciatic pain gently relax stiff areas and strengthen other areas
An example of an important stretch is a version of pigeon pose, which targets the piriformis muscle, helping prevent inflammation and pressure against the sciatic nerve.
Watch the video and please remember to be very gentle with any exercises. Never do anything which takes you into pain.