Yoga has been around for over 5,000 years.  What started out as a collection of practices and beliefs in order to find enlightenment has transformed into a practice of the mind, body and spirit that can heal trauma of all kinds.

What is truly fascinating about yoga is its ability to relieve body aches and pains (without any over the counter meds).  How does it do so?  According to a study published in the International Journal of Yoga, yoga not only strengthens your body muscles and flexibility, but it also improves your respiratory function, which in turn improves your body’s mobility.

Here are four yoga poses that you can do right at home to help ease your body aches and pains.

If you have knee pain…

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Thayer Allyson Gowdy

Try the twisted figure four. According to Prevention.com, “Lie on your back and bend knees with your feet on ground. Place right ankle on left knee, then allow both legs to fall over to your left.”

If you have back pain…

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Try bow pose. The Yoga Journal says to lie on your stomach with your arms down next to you and your palms facing up. As you bend your knees, extend them upward and reach your hands back to grab your ankles.

If you have neck pain…

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Chopra

Try child’s pose. Chopra instructs to get on all-four’s, as if you’re about to do cow-cat sequence. Then, sink your hips back toward the floor with your arms extended forward- as if you’re reaching for something in front of you. Keep your head down on the mat and knees apart.

If you have hip/lower back pain…

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Beach Body On Demand

Try the reclined spinal twist. According to Beach Body On Demand, lie on your back and pull your knees into your chest. Then, with your knees remaining together, gently allow them to fall over to one side, as your head turns to the opposite side.

 

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