14 Jan Say Goodbye to Sciatica & Cramps with Yoga
Today, we will see how you can avoid sciatica and cramps with yoga techniques. These techniques are easy to practice and can be performed at your work desk as well.
In our previous blog, we saw how undue strain on our spine causes neck and back pain. Now moving further, we will understand what is sciatica and how the issue arises.
The sciatic nerve runs from the lower back all the way down to both the legs. Sciatica is a condition where excess pressure on the lower back creates a strain on the sciatic nerves. The excruciating pain spreads to the hip, buttocks and legs. Usually, the effect is seen only in one leg.
Now, let us see what is the main reason for numbness or cramps in the legs. When we are seated in an incorrect position for long intervals of time, blood circulation in that region decreases. This decrease in blood circulation is the main cause of numbness.
As we did in the previous blog, we will see the tips at three levels:
- Practice Garudasana while sitting at the edge of the chair
- Spinal Twist is another simple technique to ease the tension on the spine
- Avoid sitting cross-legged for long intervals of time
- Sit in Sukhasana for five minutes every two hours
- Rotate your ankle in all directions to improve blood circulation
To understand how to perform these techniques and learn the possible mistakes, watch the video given below.
- Practice Pratipaksha Bhavana to relieve stress
- Become more conscious of your body’s response to actions such as sitting posture, sense of strain on certain joints, etc.
- Perform Yoni Mudra while sitting on your chair
- Improve your overall attitude towards your work
- Never take your work stress back home
- Become the source of harmony and peace in the system
All said and done, we cannot achieve the ultimate level of relief and peace unless we are truly content with our work and relationships. One of the main causes of any kind of ailments is our stress levels and scattered thoughts. The primary goal in each of our lives should be to be content, compassionate and willing to accept the truth of who we are.
Until next time, keep practicing and let us know what changes you notice.