Pigeon Pose for Sciatica

October 26, 2018

Sciatica - it sucks! A radiating pain that runs along the sciatic nerve that stems from the lower back and runs deep into the buttock and down to the back of each leg. This sharp shooting pain can make sitting and standing quite a task and is very uncomfortable even for the most tolerant. 

The cure, Pigeon Pose (a variation of Eka Pada Rajakapotasana ). Sciatic pain occurs when a muscle in the buttock puts pressure on the nerve while pushing it against the tendons below. OUCH. Pigeon Pose works wonders to relieve the pain as it quickly stretches that muscle and provides relief of the tension.

 

 
Begin in table top. Extend the right leg back behind you, hip space closed. Bring the right knee to the right wrist and the right foot to the left wrist. Begin to settle in, adjusting the leg to avoid excess pressure on the knee joint and bring the pelvis to center. Root down through your front leg and balance your weight evenly between your right and left hips. Avoid having one hip higher than the other. Adjust the back leg so it is long and extended on the mat, top of the foot pressing down. Begin with the hands pressed in front of the front leg, or by your sides. Fold forward from the waist, bringing your chest towards the knee and shin, coming down to the forearms. Eventually the arms will extend long in front of you and the forehead will rest on the mat. Breathe and hold for 10-15 seconds. Repeat on other side. 
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Now that you know how to cure your sciatica what are you waiting for? Keep that pain in check with your daily Sutra practice. #seeyouatsutra

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