Back Pain: How Qi Gong and Yoga Can Help

Back pain is a common issue. Many people will experience some level of back pain at some point in their life.

In this episode, Pedram and Sara discuss different causes for back pain. For some it might be the way you sit at work, but for others it may be something more serious. In this episode Pedram and Sara come together with their different perspectives of Qi Gong and Yoga. They share different ways in which you can relieve back pain and methods that can prevent it from happening in the first place.

Back PainThe Four Easiest Exercises For Back Pain Relief 

1. Downward Facing Dog Pose

A basic yet challenging yoga pose that stretches and lengthens the spine, develops shoulder muscles and can address postural conditions such as kyphosis.

2. Standing Forward Bend

Forward bends will stretch your hamstring muscles, located on the back of your thigh. If you have flat low back posture, this stretch may help prevent it from getting worse, or even to reverse the condition.

3. Child’s Pose

The child’s pose stretches the muscles of the low back, as well as the inner thighs. It promotes flexibility, stress relief and helps circulation to the muscles, joints and disks of the back.

4. Cobra Pose

While the cobra pose is a pose that many people readily associate with yoga, its not safe for all types of back problems. People with facet joint problems should approach cobra pose cautiously, if at all.

For additional yoga resources, check out Sara’s Yoga Series.

Pedram produced this video in Africa while filming the movie “Origins”. We had a couple of days off so the crew went out to the banks of the Limpopo River on the border of South Africa and Zimbabwe. This is a helpful Qi Gong set from the Tai Chi Chuan tradition and is designed to help invigorate the channels and lubricate the joints. Whether you are new to Tai Chi or have an existing practice, this set is particularly helpful. 

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