Sciatica can be experienced by anybody and it can feel very uncomfortable, at times with quite intense and sharp pain. This painful sensation is caused when the sciatic nerve is irritated and is most commonly felt in the lower back, buttocks area or in the back of the thigh/leg as the nerve runs down the leg. It can also be felt during sitting for prolonged periods of time, bending forward, running or during long walks. The causes are not always known, but with gentle movement and care, we can help to relieve it.
It is important to consider that sciatica can be caused by different factors so always check with your GP or healthcare medical practitioner if you experience this to check the cause and determine the reason for the pain and the severity of it.
These Yin yoga style asanas provide a gentle stretch to some of the key areas where sciatica affects the body, and some can help to develop more strength in the back. These should be practiced gently, without forceful movement. The body can feel sensitive whilst experiencing sciatica pain and depending on the severity of it, so it is best to practice light and very gentle asanas. Use props as optional to aid with the postures.
If you are pregnant, have any injuries/past recent surgery, sciatica & other symptoms of body pain, it is best to check with your GP first before practicing these.