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Sciatica is a disease that causes pain from your lumbar region to your toe. According to Ayurveda, it is caused by an imbalance of vata in the body and an accumulation of excess ama (toxins) in the area around the spine and sciatic nerve. The Ayurvedic approach to Sciatica involves cleansing the ama and balancing the vata dosha, but you can also try these yoga asanas to ease your pain.
Start by lying on your front with your legs hip-width apart.
Place your palms beside your body, keeping them in line with your shoulders.
Lift your head, shoulders, and chest off the ground, keeping your elbows slightly bent and pointing backwards.
Hold for 4-8 breaths.
Repeat 6 times.
Laying on your front, place your hands underneath your thighs.
Inhaling, lift your left leg and hold it in the air for 10-15 seconds.
Exhaling, bring it down.
Repeat on each side 3-6 times.
Sitting with your legs extended in front of you, bend the knee of the left leg and place your heel against your right inner thigh.
Take your right leg over your left knee and place your foot beside the knee.
Twisting at the waist, grip your right knee with your left hand.
Twist till you can see over your right shoulder.
Hold the post for 30 seconds to a minute.
Repeat 3 on each side.
Sciatica can be quite a painful condition, and while yoga can ease the discomfort, you should consult a Jiva doctor for long term relief. Dial 0129-4040404 from your mobile phone or click on ‘Speak to a Doctor’ under the CONNECT tab in the Jiva Health App.
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