Performing a single yoga pose now and then probably won’t do much to relieve back pain. Consistency is key. Doing a series of yoga poses daily may be more likely to bring you pain relief.
When you do yoga is important, too. You may be too stiff when you wake up to do a full routine. Choose a time of day when your muscles are more relaxed. You can also break up poses throughout the day. Try easier poses in the morning and more difficult ones later.
Here are nine yoga poses that may help relieve AS pain:
1. Child’s pose
The child’s pose stretches your lower back and hips.
2. Bridge Pose
The bridge pose stretches the spine, neck, and chest.
3. Downward facing dog
The downward facing dog stretches your back and promotes flexibility.
4. Cobra Pose
The snake (cobra) pose stretches your back, lungs, and chest by lifting your chest off the floor while straightening your arms.
5. Locust Pose
The locust pose strengthens lower back muscles.
6. Mountain Pose
The mountain pose is a simple stretch with a big impact.
7. Cat Pose
The cat pose strengthens and elongates your spine and neck.
8. Staff Pose
The staff pose strengthens your core, improves posture, and stretches your neck and shoulders.