Even a yoga therapist is not immune to back pain. Whether you’re a new student, yoga teacher, professional athlete or weekend warrior, 70–85% of us will experience at least one episode of back pain in our lives. After giving birth to my son, I had a firsthand opportunity to work through what I specialize in, “lower back pain, specifically L5 and S1 with pelvic floor involvement.” My postpartum recovery wasn’t easy and I knew that bouncing back would require me to overcome some barriers along the way.
Everyone wants a strong core, but what exactly does that mean?
Most people think about the core as the “six-pack muscles” (rectus abdominis) and spend the majority of their workout strengthening these muscles in search of stability. While the rectus abdominis are great to look at and nice to have, they will not stabilize your spine by themselves.
Planning is the key to starting and keeping a fitness routine. Start by writing down specific and manageable goals. Keep it simple and take baby steps. It is better to do less and build on your success than to move too fast and injuring yourself. Also, by writing things down and tracking your progress you can stay accountable as well as have tangible evidence when you look back. Make sure to build in a non-food reward such as a massage or pedicure when you reach a goal!