I’ve always had back issues. In Why Yin Yoga is Good, I shared how yin yoga was able to relieve the pain on my left mid back. Last week, however, my two-year old was unusually demanding and wanted me to carry and cradle her (mama, baby baby!) all the time. I felt the strain on my back starting this week and I thought my usual massage plus yin for the spine/back will do the trick. Unfortunately, the pain remained. So for now, I had to explain to my daughter why mama cannot carry her. Then I decided to do a twisting sequence to destress. Twist yoga is traditionally for detoxing and cleansing our body and mind, aiding in digestion and mental clarity. In this case, however, I found that it relieved my back and created more space in my spine. Such sweet relief!
Here’s a short sequence by one of my favorite online instructors, Kathryn Budig, in this Yoga Journal youtube video:
Check it out! Namaste