LETTER TO THE EDITOR – Yoga and Back Pain, Balance Problems

Positive Results for Back Pain and Balance Problems: A Word of Appreciation

(From Vol. 1, No. 1 – Nov. 2013)

[Local yogi Linda Robinson found yoga poses and pranayama helpful in addressing lingering issues related to prior back injuries and with balance. She writes as follows:]

Yoga Therapy has had such a beneficial effect on my health and my life!

Over the past 20 years, I have had several injuries to my back in the lumbar and cervical areas. Keeping these areas supple and relaxed has been a high priority for me. For the past two years I have been attending Yoga Therapy Classes, and also practicing at home. I can tell that it has made a definite improvement in the flexibility of my back as well as keeping the lumbar and cervical areas moving easily. I was even flexible enough to navigate the low passageways of the pyramids in Egypt without any detrimental effect to my back!

Last Fall, I had another incident where Yoga Therapy was a lifesaver: I was brushing my teeth and suddenly felt something slip in my right lumbar area. It felt as if a disc had slipped, and my muscles began to spasm. I immediately started doing the back exercises that I had learned in Yoga Therapy. I also contacted our Yoga Therapy leader Dr. Dilip Sarkar, and he suggested some additional yoga poses and pranayama to help with this. As a result, my back returned to normal in about a week. I am very grateful to have had this available to me.

I have also noticed an improvement in my balance as a result of various balancing poses in Yoga Therapy. I feel very sure-footed, and I am able to get up and down from a seated position without having to push up with my arms. All of the pranayama exercises have also had a positive impact on my overall stamina, relaxation, and good health.

I am so grateful for Yoga Therapy and the positive results I have experienced from it!

Linda RobinsonLinda M. Robinson
Hampton Roads, VA