Attack of the Back!
The U.S. back pain market is said to approach $23 billion dollars by 2018. That is a lot of money that we could probably find plenty of ways to make better use of ... if only we could collectively get our backs under control.
A big part of the problem is that we now sit more then ever, commuting, working and scrolling, leading to some pretty wicked back problems which I am now suffering from for the first time in my life.
Yoga is often recommended for bad backs, but I'll let you in on a little secret ... it can often make your back pain worse if you're not careful! At I.AM.YOU, my yoga studio in NYC, we deconstruct the muscles involved in back attacks, and reconstruct with the right yoga sequences.
When performed correctly, there are optimal yoga poses that can not only relieve, but prevent, back pain going forward. Here are four of my faves for back pain, which I have used on hundreds of students, including myself.
Sequence begins at top left.