Yin Yoga for the Lower Back

Sarah Jane Steele
Instructor Sarah Jane Steele
Average: 4.6 (225 votes)
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If you have lower back tightness or pain, sometimes a gentle class where you hold the poses for longer periods of time can be the most effective way to find relief. Sarah-Jane's choice of poses will help you do that in this 30-minute yin yoga class. She helps you release many of the muscles that are commonly involved in lower back issues, and she helps you through it with specific guidance and knowledge of anatomy. Note: to learn how to make your own bolster at home, click here.

Equipment: Blankets
Style: Yin Yoga


GodBlessAmerica 3 years ago

I am so discouraged. Due to birth defects I now have L2 - S1 fused by titanium plates and
screws. Upper spine is twisted because of a
wedge shape extra vertebrae (T 10 1/2). I can get nowhere near any of these stretches. Are there any alternative ways to do these? All help will be greatly appreciated. Thank you for this class.

Sarah Jane Steele 3 years ago

Oh I'm so sorry to know you are discouraged, it's really not about getting deep into the forward folds for the spine, especially when there are immobile parts of the spinous processes. Instead maybe just go to the point of a gentle stretch or pull. Lateral stretches might also benefit you. The one where we are sitting in a V sit and stretching over to the side may feel ok for you? Side bending sometimes relieves the spine and won't agitate discs or vertabrae as much as pressing forward. Goodluck

form 3 years ago

Very glad to see more Yin classes in the last while. I find the Yin classes to be great for improving my flexibility. Thanks for adding more!

crottyc 3 years ago

This was perfect after a long day if skiing. My knees and lower back get a lot of work and this helped get the tension out. Sarah gave helpful information while letting you settle into the poses. Thank you.

Nicholet 3 years ago

Thank you for this gentle, deep practice. A nice one to integrate into other more active classaes.

Tesshiva 3 years ago

I'm pretty trepidatious about my lower back - precisely why I need yoga in my life! By the end of this gentle practice, I could sit taller more comfortably and felt more liquid in my spine - less ouch, more ahhhhhh. Many Thanks!