YOGA FOR SCIATICA
Many people after experiencing episodes of sciatica fear to be active. The reality is that low-impact activity and exercise can help strengthen the area and prevent future attacks. There are several ways to minimize and manage flare-ups, and yoga is one of them. Regular gentle stretching can be extremely helpful along with maintaining correct posture.
The therapeutic approach is chosen to relieve contracted muscles and myofascial trigger points, hyper-constriction in the affected muscles; restoring proper biomechanics to the body and flexibility to the tissues; rebuilding strength and endurance.
If you are looking to take this class you will be asked to provide medical history, current condition and what type of exercises you are practising at the moment. Ask your doctor if there are any specific recommendations or concerns your yoga therapist should be aware of. The number of participants for this class is limited. You have to book an appointment and have a preliminary assessment with the yoga therapist before to start.
This is not a drop-in class.
Note: if currently you are experiencing sciatic episode you will wait the pain and inflammation to pass. The cause and currency of the problem must be considered before poses can be practised!
This practice will help you to build strong and supple spine; strengthen muscles to support the spine, brings flexibility in your hamstrings which plays a major role in relieving sciatica pain. Helps strengthen, align and stretch the muscles around your lower back, hips and pelvis. A herniated disk does not always require surgery, and yoga can help you manage and reduce the problems caused by the herniation, sometimes even reducing the herniation itself. However, it’s important to check with your doctor about the severity of the herniation: in some cases surgery may be required.
Releasing the tightness from the piriformis muscles. Relieves contracted muscles and myofascial trigger points, hyper-constriction in the affected muscles and is restoring proper biomechanics to the body and flexibility to the tissues. Builds strength and endurance. Cultivates body awareness and helps you to give proper attention to your body.
At the mental level cultivates acceptance for the existing condition. Rises your level of commitment; to have results it is needed to build a routine. When commiting to the practice the benefits are easy to be obtained. Helps to become aware of the attitude you have towards sciatica condition; an attitude of determination and motivation allows you to have faith in healing. Takes you closer to the real feelings and frustrations you are experiencing, eliminating feelings of blame, shame, inadequacy, fear, and criticise. Helps you to open and express your feelings. Eliminates stress and fear related to thoughts like “ When next sciatica episode will happen?”. Develops a feeling of unconditional love and self-acceptance, as this is the best inner space from where healing can be generated. Leads to a greater state of self-awareness, body-awareness and breath-awareness.
A Brief Outline Of The Routine
After careful assessment of every participant specific breathing exercises, warm-ups, asana practice, and relaxation are designed to provide effective relief for chronic sciatica. Specific yoga poses and stretches for sciatic pain will help you to release the key muscles that are responsible for the tightness and pain in the area around the sciatic nerve. All poses can be modified to suit your needs. The class ends with relaxation and guided meditation.
Style driven from: Classical Yoga
Equipment needed: Comfortable clothes, water, mat
Time/ Location: See class schedule
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Maria has been an amazing and approachable yoga teacher at the YMCA, and continues to be a strong and valuable influence in the Kingston yoga community. Her, experience and body of knowledge is a treasure trove that she is willing to share in the true spirit of yoga, and the connection we inherently have with the world around us."
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Great program for anyone suffering from pain. Great teacher. I really enjoy this form of yoga. Maria teaches all different yoga.
I met Maria over a year ago. During the course of that time, I’ve had a couple of signiﬁcant injuries including a pinched sciatic nerve. Maria’s understanding of human anatomy is extensive as is her ability to modify poses to suit an individual’s abilitiy. She adjusted movements to help strengthen muscles to decrease the possibility of reinjury. My posture has also improved signiﬁcantly since practicing with Maria. Maria has a gentle yet thorough approach to not only the physical aspects of yoga, but also the spiritual and mental components. Her goal is to provide the best experience possible to both the brand new yogi or a yogi who has practiced for years. Because she has studied many styles of yoga, Maria is able to oﬀer guidance so you can decide which you want to pursue. On a personal note, I took breathing for granted before beginning yoga. I have learned how important it is when faced with situations that cause stress. Breathing can help lower your stress level if done a certain way. I consider myself extremely fortunate to have found such an expert who is so willing and able to share her knowledge and passion for yoga and overall health.