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Yoga for Lordosis

The spine has three types of curves:


Lordosis or swayback

is a disorder defined by an excessive inward curve of the spine. It differs from the spine’s normal curves at the cervical, thoracic, and lumbar regions, which are, to a degree, either kyphotic or lordotic. The spine’s natural curves position the head over the pelvis and work as shock absorbers to distribute mechanical stress during movement.

Lordosis can be found in all age groups. It primarily affects the lumbar spine, but does occur in the neck (cervical). When found in the lumbar spine, the patient may appear swayback, the buttocks more prominent, and in general an exaggerated posture.

Contributing Factors

Certain disease processes can adversely affect the structural integrity of the spine and contribute to lordosis. Some of them are listed below

Management of Lordosis

Backbends usually give relief to lordosis. When done purposefully backbends increase the C curve of your lower back, and thereby help in building strengthrather than exploiting your weaknesses. Certain poses, such as Bridge, will help you to build strength in the lower back muscles, which in time may help correct your lordosis. Also Cobra, when done correctly (check with a good teacher) will build strength in your middle and lower back. Agnisara and Nauli can strengthen the abdominal muscles and diaphram. Tadasana (standing straight) will also help in giving a correct posture.

Remember, whatever back problem it is, and whatever Asana you do, if you can find the time to just lay down in the corpse pose, then its great! Its amazing how simply lying on a flat floor can relieve any tension in the back! It makes you feel so calm and relaxed in the mind too.

Bhujangasana (Cobra)


Caution: Do not hold your breath during the pose.- Keep the shoulders down and away from the ears. – Tighten the buttocks if you have lower back discomfort – Let the feet be apart if you have lower back discomfort

Setu Bandhasana (Bridge Pose)


Push the navel against the spine a hundred times. Having thus got rid of abdominal diseases, one increases; the gastric fire.

Note: This can be practiced either in the position of Uddiyana or in Padmasana or even in any sitting posture in which you can remain steady



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