And the hips – Supta Padangusthasana (reclining big toes pose) is a great way to gently mobilise your legs in your hip sockets, and stretch out your hamstrings, at the back of your thighs, your iliotibial band, running from hip to knee, and a host of other muscles.
Often, when your buttocks muscles and hamstrings loosen up, the pull on your lower back eases and that brings pain relief. There are may other things we need to do for a healthy back – backbends to strengthen our back muscles, core work to stabilise us, but this is a start, and it’s a useful thing to do when you are tired or in pain.
Also, this is a good way to establish how you can move your legs without hurting yourself – you aren’t hanging into gravity, so you can feel your body more effectively. You also have a lot of feedback because your body is touching the floor, which further helps that felt sense of your body (proprioception).
If you are in pain, these gentle therapeutic poses are a way to start feeling for what movements are helpful and what are not. Every body is different, as you can tell from the conversation around the post I wrote about SI Joint Pain & Yoga!
A note – I feel it’s always best to go and get yourself looked at if you do have chronic or severe pain. Find a good exercise physiotherapist like these folks, and consult them. Or, if you have more specific issues, keep looking until you find a professional who can help you! It’s your body, and you know best!
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