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READER'S CHOICE: Pain Management Practice

By Ninazolotow @Yoga4HealthyAge
by Baxter 

READER'S CHOICE: Pain Management Practice

Water Lilies by Claude Monet

This sequence combines gentle poses to improve strength, flexibility, and overall movement of the body without triggering pain with poses that allow your body to rest and repair itself. The final five supported and restorative poses reduce stress levels, which can help reduce pain, and move you into the Rest and Digest state, which bolsters both healing and immune system function. 
As you practice, focus on your breath as it comes and goes, returning back to it again and again if you are distracted by other body sensations. For your final Relaxation pose, if you have a recorded guided relaxation that you enjoy, add that in to your practice. If not, practice simple breath awareness, use a mantra, or choose use any other mental focus you prefer. 
For information on breath awareness, see A Balm for the Soul: Practicing Simple Breath Awareness. For information on Gradual Lengthening of Equal Breath, see Breath Practices for Balance. For information on Exhalation Lengthening, see Calming Breath Practices We Recommend. For your mantra, you can use a traditional Sanskrit mantra or any word or phrase in any language that has a positive meaning for you.  
Caution: Always listen to your body, and on days when pain your worse, hold the poses for shorter lengths of time. And if any pose increases your pain, simply stop doing the pose. 
1. Breath awareness, 2 minutes, seated on chair
READER'S CHOICE: Pain Management Practice
 2. Chair Cat-Cow Pose x6. See Featured Pose: Cat-Cow Pose. 
READER'S CHOICE: Pain Management Practice
3. Restorative Reclined Twist 1 min. each side. See Featured Pose: Reclined Twist.
READER'S CHOICE: Pain Management Practice
4.  Classic Cat-Cow Pose x6. See Featured Pose: Cat-Cow Pose.
READER'S CHOICE: Pain Management Practice
5. Half Downward-Facing Dog Pose, hands on the wall, either with straight legs or bent knees, 30 sec., x2. See Featured Pose: Half Downward-Facing Dog Pose.
READER'S CHOICE: Pain Management Practice
 6. Dropped Knee Lunge Pose, 30 sec. each side, x2. See Featured Pose: Lunge Pose
READER'S CHOICE: Pain Management Practice
7. Chair Warrior 2 pose, 30 sec. each side. See Featured Pose: Warrior 2 Pose pose.
READER'S CHOICE: Pain Management Practice
 8. Chair Extended Side Angle pose, 30 sec. each side. See Featured Pose: Extended Side Angle Pose.
READER'S CHOICE: Pain Management Practice
9. Cobbler’s pose with support for hips and knees, 1 min. See Featured Pose: Cobbler's Pose.
READER'S CHOICE: Pain Management Practice
10. Easy Sitting pose with your back against the wall. Gradual Lengthening of Equal Breath, 2 min. See Featured Pose: Easy Sitting Pose.
READER'S CHOICE: Pain Management Practice
11. Bridge pose with a crosswise bolster under pelvis. Breath awareness, 2-3 min. See Featured Pose: Bridge Pose.
READER'S CHOICE: Pain Management Practice

12. Easy Inverted Pose, Exhalation Lengthening, 2-4 min. See Featured Pose: Legs Up the Wall Pose.
READER'S CHOICE: Pain Management Practice

14. Relaxation pose with head support, 5-10 min., with mantra. See Featured Pose: Relaxation Pose.
READER'S CHOICE: Pain Management Practice

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