Kundalini + Hot Yoga to Relieve Tension
Lately, I've been noticing tension in my back from sitting at my desk all day. What is muscle tension? It’s when your muscles are in a contracted state for a long period (1a). Identifying where you’re carrying tension or pain in your body can be difficult. Some common areas are the lower back, neck, jaw, shoulders, and hips.
According to the National Institute of Health (NIH), about 80% of adults experience lower back pain at some point (1b). Poor posture, overexertion from exercise, or lifting heavy objects can build this tension. Holding onto emotions can also cause subtle psychological tension or pain. Emotional awareness is essential in addressing psychological pain.
Yoga and deep stretching are wonderful ways to reduce tension or pain in the body. People have even documented emotional release experiences while doing yoga. These movements can be very powerful, increase flexibility, improve strength, and help cognitive function. The NIH mentions how yoga for low back and neck pain has potential as a frontline treatment (1c).
When I was in San Francisco pre-COVID-19, I went to hot yoga classes weekly (formerly known as Bikram yoga). Most people assume the heat is miserable, and keeping up with poses is exhausting. Stay open-minded (and super hydrated), and you will enjoy hot yoga! I loved how energetic I felt after my 7 pm class and felt this urge to finish complicated tasks so close to my bedtime.
Since I’m back home temporarily, I’ve been trying out Kundalini yoga. Kundalini is a form of yoga that has a spiritual aspect to it, so it incorporates meditation and chanting. The idea behind this form of yoga is that there is “coiled energy” located at the base of your spine that begins to flow during your practice (1d). Following both of these forms of yoga has helped me become more flexible and feel less tense after being sedentary.
I recommend testing out various yoga poses that target tense areas in your body. Kundalini yoga has helped relieve pressure in my back, so I would follow this video at least 1-2 times a week. Cat (Marjaryasana) & Cow (Bitilasana) poses are wonderful for targeting your upper back and lower back, so I'd incorporate them every few days in your routine. As for the different forms of yoga, try out different videos on youtube and see what works best for you!
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