Healing Sciatica

This 23 step sequence of yoga postures was designed to both heal and prevent sciatica. Level: Beginner.
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1. Start in Bound Angle

yoga posture A. With the bottom of the feet together, interlace the fingers around the toes. Press down into the hips and up through the crown. Roll the shoulders down and back and press the chest forward.

B. Close the eyes and look up at the third eye point.

C. Breathe and hold for 10-30 breaths.

2. Inhale the left leg up into One Leg Boat

yoga postureA. Lift the arms parallel to the floor with the palms facing each other. Inhale and lean back to lift the left leg up as high as comfortable.

B. Press out through the left heel and reach the toes towards the ceiling. Reach the crown up and roll the shoulders down and back to keep the chest lifted.

C. Breathe and hold for 2-4 breaths.

3. Slide the left leg out 45 degrees into Revolved Head to Knee

yoga postureA. Slide the left leg out 45 degrees and pull the right foot in close to the hips. Place the left palm up on the left leg, inhale the right arm up towards the ceiling.

B. Exhale and reach the left fingers to the toes and the right fingers to the left wall, bringing the right arm over the ear with the shoulder rolled back.

C. Breathe and hold for 2-4 breaths. Slowly inhale the torso back up.

4. Cross the left leg over the right knee into Seated Twist

yoga postureA. Cross the left leg over the right knee and slide the right foot out so both hips are on the floor. Wrap the right arm around the left knee. Press the hips down and reach the crown up.

B. Exhale and reach the left arm behind your back, twisting the spine and looking over the shoulder.

C. Breathe and hold for 3-6 breaths.

5. Repeat # 2 through #4 on the opposite side

6. Bring the legs forward with the knees bent into Crab Pose

yoga postureA. Bring the feet flat on the floor, hip width apart, place the hands behind your hips with the finger pointed away.

B. Inhale and lift the hips up towards the ceiling by pressing into the feet and engaging the legs and buttocks. Lift the chest up by pressing down into the arms. Look up or drop the head back.

C. Breathe and hold for 2-4 breaths.

7. Lower the hips and walk the hands forward into Prayer Squat

yoga postureA. Walk the feet wide enough apart to bring the elbows to the inside of the knees with the palms together.

B. Press the palms together to open the hips, relax the hips down and reach the crown up. Roll the shoulders down and back and press the chest towards the thumbs.

C. Breathe and hold for 3-6 breaths.

8. Place the palms to the floor and step into Downward Facing Dog

yoga postureA. Step both feet back 3-4 feet, with the heels slightly above the floor. Press firmly into the hands and arms to press the hips back. Let the head hang from the neck.

B. Press the heels into the floor. The legs are straight or can be slightly bent to flatten the back.

C. Breathe and hold for 2-4 breaths.

9. Bring the right knee between the hands into Pigeon

yoga postureA. Bend the right knee between the hands and slide the right foot over to the left. Slide the left toes back to lower the hips down to the floor.

B. Press the palms down and inhale the crown up to lengthen the spine. Roll the shoulders down and back and press the chest forward.

C. Breathe and hold for 3-8 breaths.

10. Step both feet back into Downward Facing Dog

yoga postureA. Step both feet back 3-4 feet, with the heels slightly above the floor. Press firmly into the hands and arms to press the hips back. Let the head hang from the neck.

B. Press the heels into the floor. The legs are straight or can be slightly bent to flatten the back.

C. Breathe and hold for 2-4 breaths.

11. Inhale and step the right foot forward into Low Warrior

yoga postureA. Step the foot between the two hands with the knee directly over the ankle. Lower the back knee and top of foot to the floor.

B. Press the legs down into the floor as you lift out of the waist reaching the crown and fingertips up towards the ceiling. Relax the shoulders down from the ears and press the chest forward.

C. Breathe and hold for 2-5 breaths.

12. Exhale the palms to the floor and step back into Downward Facing Dog

yoga postureA. Tuck the toes under, bend the elbows and lift the hips up and back.

B. Press firmly into the hands and arms to press the hips back. Let the head hang from the neck.

C. Press the heels into the floor. The legs are straight or can be slightly bent to flatten the back.

D. Breathe and hold for 2-4 breaths.

13. Repeat # 9 through #12 on the opposite side

14. Exhale and bend the knees to the floor into Child Pose

yoga postureA. Press the hips to the heels with the tops of the feet flat to the floor. Let the forehead rest on the floor and allow the body to completely relax.

B. Breathe deeply into the belly for 3-6 breaths.

15. Slide the arms forward and scoop into Cobra

yoga pose A. Press the palms flat to the floor directly under the shoulders to lift the crown up. Relax the shoulders down and back to press the chest forward.

B. If the back feels strained, bend the elbows more or come onto the forearms.

C. Breathe and hold for 2-5 breaths.

16. Roll onto the back and bend the right knee into Half Wind Relieving Pose

yoga postureA. Interlace the fingers around the left knee. Tuck the chin into the chest with the head on the floor and pull the knee into the chest avoiding the ribcage to the left.

B. Press the low back, shoulders and back of the neck into the floor. Relax the legs, keep the elbows close to your sides.

C. Breathe and hold for 2-5 breaths.

17. Exhale the right knee to the left side of the body into Knee Down Twist

yoga postureA. With the arms out to the sides in a T position, drop the right knee to the left side of your body. For a deeper stretch, place the left hand on the right knee. Look at the right hand and keep the shoulders flat on the floor. Relax into the posture.

B. Breathe and hold for 3-6 breaths.

18. Repeat # 16 and #17 on opposite side

19. Bend both knees with the feet flat on the floor and inhale into Bridge

yoga postureA. Bring the feet hip width apart with the toes pointed forward, slide the arms alongside the body with the fingers lightly touching the backs of the heels.

B. Inhale and lift the hips and spine up by pressing into the feet and engaging the lower and core body. Press down into the arms and shoulders to help lift the chest up.

C. Breathe and hold for 2-5 breaths. Exhale and roll the spine back to the floor.

20. Slowly roll the spine down and pull the knees into Wind Relieving Pose

yoga postureA. Bend the knees into the chest and wrap the arms around them, holding on to the elbows, wrists or fingers.

B. Press the tailbone, shoulders and back of the neck down into the floor as you pull the knees in to feel a stretch in the low back.

C. Breathe and hold for 2-5 breaths.

21. Bring the bottoms of the feet together into Supine Bound Angle

yoga postureA. Bring the bottoms of the feet together with the heels close to the hips on the floor. Inhale the arms over head with the palms together.

B. Relax and let gravity pull you into the posture. If the hips feel very tight, gently rock the hips from side to side.

C. Breathe and hold for 6-12 breaths.

22. Exhale and release into Shavasana

yoga postureA. Let the arms and legs flop out to the sides. The arms are 6-8 inches from the sides of your body and the palms are facing up.

B. Close the eyes and consciously relax the body from the toes to the crown of the head.

C. Breathe deeply through the nose into the belly and hold for 10-15 minutes.

23. End in Easy Pose

yoga postureA. Bend the knees and slowly roll over to one side. Press up into a seated position.

B. Inhale and press the hips down and reach the crown up to lengthen the spine. Roll the shoulders down and back to open the chest. Relax the face and rest the tongue on the roof of the mouth.

C. Lengthen the inhalation and exhalation by breathing deeply into the belly through the nose. Release any thoughts or distractions and let the mind be focused on the breath.

D. Breathe and hold for 10-30 breaths.

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Comments 5

  1. How is scitica problem healed?This is very good site but i like to know more of yogic postures for scitica, Artharities problem.

  2. The top of the page allows me an option to ‘log out’ yet the site will not let me view this sequence telling me to log in as a premium member….. technical glitch?

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