Yoga: 7 Poses To Relieve Sciatic Pain

Oh dear! I can’t move! Every single little movement feels like hell!

Woke up with a sharp pain and cannot move?



This has happened to me at least 3 times in my life.

Chances are the sciatic nerve is involved.

Because it is the LARGEST single nerve in the human body and,

It runs from each side of the lower spine (the lumbar and sacrum) through deep into the buttocks and then into the back of the thigh… And… then into the leg and foot muscles.

Sciatic Nerve

Sciatic Nerve

What Causes Sciatic and Leg Pain?

If a nerve is compressed and it touches the sciatic nerve you will feel it. And it won’t be pleasant

Also, there is a variety of issues, including financial troubles,  that can cause sciatica pain.

Anything that affects your lower back, like bad posture, or driving for hours will make it worse.

You can also have an irritated sciatic nerve running under the performs muscle in the buttock.

And when the pirformis gets irritated you feel a pinch at the nerve root.

Such pinch is painful!

Piriformis Muscle

Piriformis Muscle


I’ve made a video with 7 poses to relieve back pain which will help you

Here it is:


But Let me offer you some other poses that help:

1).- Triangle:

This is a pose that helps with stability, strength and grace. It also prevents hurting the sciatica.

2).- Twists:

All the marichasanas, or modifications of it are beneficial to keep the sciatica healthy.

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3).- Airplane pose:

You can see here from Ray Long’s book, how the sciatica is illuminated, and awakening when we do the airplane pose:

airplane Pose Ray Long's Book

Airplane Pose –  From the wonderful Ray Long’s Book: The Key Muscles of Hatha Yoga


And here are 11 Ways to release back pain



Anything by Ray Long: Specifically “The Key Muscles of Hatha Yoga

Or this or this one or this one

Also read Sarno, to see the mind-body connection:

These books:

Healing Back Pain

Mind Over Body

And The Books Of Robin McKenzie

Treat Your Own Back

7 Steps To Pain Free Life


I use this (at my desk every day),

And this (for the car and long car-rides)

And this.


May the force be with you.


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