The sacrum, or lower back, is an incredibly powerful part of the human anatomy. It’s what enables you to stand upright and tall, it unites your upper and lower body, it roots you to the earth—and it is one of the most common areas where people experience chronic pain and discomfort. Yoga practice can have a transformative effect on lower back problems: it allows the body to gain the range of movement and flexibility that short-circuits the mind’s perception of limitation and pain. Yoga for a Healthy Lower Back will help you understand lower back pain and heal it through gentle exercises that can be done even by those with no previous yoga experience.
Liz Owen describes the anatomy of the sacrum and the region around it, including the hips and lumbar spine, and illuminates both the Western and Eastern approaches to understanding back pain. She then provides simple, easy-to-learn sequences of yoga poses for general sacrum health and then for specific issues or conditions such as pregnancy, fibromyalgia, and arthritis, among others.
“This is a clear, insightful program for lower back health, rooted in classical yoga and rich in Western and Eastern wisdom. The authors offer fresh and accessible yoga practices that are sure to inspire a lasting, healing recovery from pain in the lower back. I love this book!”—Patricia Walden, author of The Woman’s Book of Yoga and Health
“This wise and practical book is full of helpful advice on relieving lower back pain. It offers a menu of therapeutic yoga practices to fit your needs. Recommended for novices and seasoned practitioners alike.”—Timothy McCall, MD, author of Yoga as Medicine: The Yogic Prescription for Health and Healing
“Uniquely practical and informative, Owen and Rossi effortlessly integrate Western movement science with yogic wisdom. Highly recommended!”—Chip Hartranft, PT, author of The Yoga-Sutra of Patañjali