Yoga for Chronic Pain
Lying Leg StretchLie on your back with your legs on the floor. Draw your right knee into your chest and place a belt around your right foot. Stretch your right leg straight and upward towards the ceiling. Stretch your leg upwards as you inhale and draw your foot towards your head as you exhale. Then take your right leg to the right and down towards the floor while you keep your left hip grounded. To balance your hips, place a folded blanket against your outer right hip. Repeat with the left leg.
Reflection: Know Your Body
Yoga practice provides time and mental space for you to develop intuition and understanding about your body. While in this deep stretch to the legs, hips and lower spinal muscles, notice where your body holds pain as well as excess tension, which can amplify pain and discomfort. As you remain in the pose, see if your body can let go of tension and holding. Honor
these sensations as guides that bring you
into your potential for healing.