Back Pain Course

Yoga For Back Pain

The most commonly practiced form of yoga is Hatha yoga. A physical form, Hatha yoga incorporates a series of poses called Asanas, while relying on a breathing technique, referred to as Pranayama. By adopting very basic and sometimes very complex body postures and breathing techniques, the goal of yoga is to provide the practitioner a number of physical and mental benefits.

Physical Benefits of Yoga Exercises:

Strengthening from holding yoga positions.

Yoga helps increase strength in very specific muscles and muscle groups. Holding positions in yoga is not intended to be uncomfortable. However, it does require concentration and specific use of muscles throughout the body. Muscle strength improves by remaining in these yoga positions and incorporating various movements.

Many of the postures in yoga gently strengthen the muscles in the back, as well as the abdominal muscles. Back and abdominal muscles are essential components of the muscular network of the spine, helping the body maintain proper upright posture and movement. When these muscles are well conditioned, back pain can be greatly reduced or avoided.

Stretching and relaxation from yoga.

Yoga incorporates stretching and relaxation, which reduces tension in stress-carrying muscles. Yoga requires that the individual hold gentle poses anywhere from 10 to 60 seconds. Within the pose, certain muscles flex, while others stretch, promoting relaxation and flexibility in muscles and joints. For people with lower back pain, stretching is very important. For example, stretching the hamstring muscles (in the back of the thigh) helps expand the motion in the pelvis, decreasing stress across the lower back. In addition, stretching with yoga increases blood flow, allowing nutrients to flow in, toxins to flow out, and overall nourishment of the muscles and soft tissues in the lower back.

Breathing is considered very important during the yoga poses. While holding a position, the tendency is to hold the breath as well. Instead, the intention is to have a deep, free, and rhythmic breath through the nose on both the inhale and the exhale. The quality of the breath in many ways determines the quality of the yoga practice. This will emphasize a relaxed body and encourage strong circulation.

Posture, balance, and body alignment through yoga.

The yoga poses are meant to train the body to be healthy and supple. Consistent practice and application will result in improved posture, and an increased sense of balance, with head, shoulders and pelvis in proper alignment. Additionally, unlike many other forms of exercise, yoga helps stretch and strengthens both sides of the body equally.

Proper body alignment and good posture, which helps maintain the natural curvature of the spine, is an important part of reducing or avoiding lower back pain.

Awareness of the body through yoga increases with practice. In theory, specific positioning and repositioning not only limbers the body but also trains people to understand the limitations of their body. An increased awareness acts as a preventative measure, in that the individual will know what types of motions should and should not be avoided.

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Anja Teschner
Anja Teschner
2019-10-06T09:45:50+0000
Many thanks to Eveline for this great time! It was really fantastic and did a great job. I can highly recommend prana... casa ... the yoga classes (suitable for every level of yoga experience), the food (thanks to olivia for the super tasty dinners), the house, the nature with great scenery and beaches in the immediate vicinity ( If you want to see more of it, think about a rental car that you can share with other participants. we were glad to have this to explore everything) and not to forget the great people, which I got to know there, made these 6 days unforgettable. Thank you for this great time😍!read more
Irene Rothuizen
Irene Rothuizen
2019-03-21T15:46:37+0000
Didn't do yoga before but needed a break,.. I found it at prana casa after one week of positive energie and daily yoga... classes and delicious food. It made me feel if everything was oke. Everything improved, my balance, my strength, my mental power. Prana casa felt after 1 day as my home. hope I will come back soon.read more
Peeky Pineapple
Peeky Pineapple
2019-01-08T09:02:05+0000
Great place! Very nice house, beautiful garden, amazing vibe!! 👍🏼
Laurie Gomez
Laurie Gomez
2018-12-03T17:28:29+0000
Great expérience !!! Wonderful place,yoga session,people and amazing food !!!!
Mellisa Rizos
Mellisa Rizos
2018-09-22T17:03:57+0000
I really enjoyed my stay at Prana Casa. You feel comfortable and home right away. The yoga classes are great and... Eveline teaches a couple of different styles (yin yoga, yoga nidra, acro yoga at the beach). She also gives you lots of extra information so you’ll also increase your knowledge of yoga. The food was great too and the cat, Misty, is extremely cute 😉read more
Juanita Sesentaisiete
Juanita Sesentaisiete
2018-08-04T08:25:34+0000
Perfect holidays!
Dani Ann-Marie
Dani Ann-Marie
2018-04-28T08:40:50+0000
I didn't know what to expect when I arrived ,but I experienced a very warm welcome to a beautiful retreat that ended... up feeling like home. Comforting healthy food in beautiful surroundings, energizing yoga each morning with relaxing Yin at night for a deep sleep 😊 Just a short walk from the ocean this retreat is a complete reset for mind body and soul, I will definitely be back 😊read more
Eefje Van de Ven
Eefje Van de Ven
2018-04-17T07:59:22+0000
Colette Conefrey-Jones
Colette Conefrey-Jones
2018-04-16T16:11:47+0000
I travelled to Prana Casa to experience a simple yoga retreat...yoga, meditation, healthy food with the added bonus of... the beach etc but what I actually found was so much more than that! I found Friendship, a sense of belonging, a stillness of mind, a courage to explore myself, inner peace, and a strength I never knew I had...and I don’t just mean physically. The house is homely and Evelyn goes out of her way to make you feel comfortable. The food is prepared with much thought, love and passion, so dining becomes an all-encompassing activity in itself...learning to love what goes inside the body was definitely something I didn’t expect and you most certainly don’t go hungry! Throughout the week, the various Yoga classes, the mediation, the yoga nidra and the mindful walk were all delivered with such passion and knowledge, it left you wanting more...my body craved it when I returned! My favourite activity was our yoga session on the beach...awesome experience! We travelled with no car but it didn’t stop us from exploring during our free time – the local cafes, bar, the rugged coastline, the beaches, the dog shelter, the woodland etc and as our flight home was a late one, we took advantage of the various modes of public transport and stopped off en route in Lagos...a must see town with its cobbled, narrow streets, boats in the harbour and the quaint shops. I will definitely be revisiting...especially as Evelyn has just completed a renovation! I can’t wait to see it!read more
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Ivana Jurcikova
2018-03-26T08:04:23+0000
Beautiful place, teacher and atmosphere ♡
Claudia Mey
Claudia Mey
2018-03-11T19:29:21+0000
Rosie Haughian
Rosie Haughian
2017-06-14T07:50:10+0000
What can I say, this yoga retreat was just wonderful. Loved everything about it! Eveline was so warm and friendly, as... well as extremely knowledgeable about yoga. I really got alot out of the classes and this has definitely made me want to pursue my yoga practice even more. The location was perfect and such a beautiful house too, it was nice just spending the day chilling there. I enjoyed the lovely healthy food which is helping me maintain a more healthy lifestyle now. I hope someday to return for maybe a longer period of time. My favourite part was probably the yoga on the beach and meeting all the nice people on the retreat.read more
Lia Lotta
Lia Lotta
2017-03-01T14:38:01+0000
I joined the YTTC at Prana Casa in October and loved every single day of it. Venky is an exceptionally gifted teacher.... Not only he has a great knowledge about the science of Yoga, he is also able to impart this knowledge in a plausible and comprehensible way. Eveline shared her beautiful accomondation and positive vibes with us. We had a great time together at Prana Casa with lots of laughter, yoga and great food! All the loveread more
Andy Soewandi
Andy Soewandi
2017-02-26T14:41:06+0000
Voor lichaam en geest de mooiste plek op aarde
Miranda Prins
Miranda Prins
2017-02-26T14:35:42+0000
Kayla McCormack
Kayla McCormack
2016-11-25T16:34:12+0000
I had an amazing time. Eveline is a great teacher and cook! I went on the retreat that didn't include Surfing lessons... but ended up paying for my own with another girl on the retreat. It was a lot of fun and I felt like I had loads of free time to read and enjoy the surroundings. Eveline was always trying to help us understand our own bodies and grow. I highly recommend renting a car or being sure to buddy up with someone else who is. Overall an amazing retreat that I will definitely do again soon!read more
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Donna Louise Blake
2016-11-08T21:24:39+0000
Lizette van Overdijk
Lizette van Overdijk
2016-11-08T11:56:06+0000
Ik heb hier een van de meest fantastische dagen van mijn leven gevierd. Heel speciaal! Ga ik vast en zeker nog eens... doen. Een echte aanrader voor mensen die op zoek zijn naar rust en aandacht.read more
Eve VanKampen
Eve VanKampen
2016-11-08T09:56:42+0000
Taya Skorokhodova
Taya Skorokhodova
2016-09-06T17:22:06+0000
Super séjour Yoga-Surf dans la Prana Casa. L'endroit est magnifique et apaisant. Merci beaucoup!
Pauline Vionnet
Pauline Vionnet
2016-07-31T17:49:26+0000
Thank you so much Evelyn, Louise and Magi!! I had an amazing time at Prana Casa last month and highly recommend anyone... to stay with you! The yoga was really good, the food so delicious and you are great people to be around, inspiring and fun 🙂 A big thank you, keep going and see you soon ...read more
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