As a registered Kinesiologist and C-IAYT Yoga Therapist Trainer, I get this question a LOT.
Those who ask me this question are usually feeling torn...
They LOVE yoga – but they also feel that their yoga practice is what caused or exacerbated their sciatic pain.
Many have even started thinking, “maybe yoga isn't all that good for me."
YES, you can recover from sciatica – and YES, you can use yoga do it.
Yoga can help you improve your function, regain stability and strength, and feel good in your body again.
A big reason why many yoga practitioners don't have sustainable improvements is because they are focusing on the area that is painful.
If they feel pain or tightness in their hips, “glutes,” or hamstrings, that is where they focus their efforts to release or strengthen.
They may do a stretch... roll on a ball or foam roller... or do some strengthening exercise.
Often, though, the actual cause of their discomfort isn’t the area where they are feeling it.
Sure, the pain and tightness is contributing to their overall limitation and dysfunctional pattern.
But it isn’t the actual problem.
This is why people may get short-term relief from stretching, rolling, or strengthening – but don’t experience any real long-lasting change to their symptoms.
They aren’t addressing the problem that is...
You have your blindfold on.
You think you know where you are going, but you don’t know where the target is.
You keep trying to hit it – but it isn’t working!
I want to help you take off the blindfold and show you the target.
After that, there will be no need for you to ever put the blindfold back on again.
You’ll know where to focus your efforts to make your pain go down – and your function go up.
Are you ready to take off your blindfold?
Let’s not get worse with yoga – let's get better with yoga.
When you combine your deep, intuitive understanding of how your body works, with modern day biomechanics you can use address the true source of your pain.
I have worked with thousands of yoga teachers over the years who have tried “everything” to improve how they move their bodies during their practice (not to mention their daily life) and to get out of pain once and for all.
To help them – and you, if you find yourself in the same frustrating situation – I have created a 2-hour online program designed to teach you how to reduce and eradicate sciatica.
I have a BSC. Kinesiology and have been helping people reduce and eradicate pain for 25 years. I have also been a bridge between the medical world and yoga. Two of my programs have been studied at the University of Calgary and both showed benefit for supporting people and their wellbeing. I am also the author of Therapeutic Yoga For Shoulders and Hips
I have been training teachers and health professionals in yoga therapy since 2001 and am the lead teacher in the highly successful C-IAYT Accredited Functional Synergy Yoga Therapy Program.
As a young student of yoga, I began to combine the ancient practices of yoga with my BSc. Kinesiology at a Vancouver pain clinic. When I continued to encounter individuals, including yoga instructors, who accepted that their pain was “normal”, I began to explore how yoga was being taught and practiced. By designing therapy programs that utilized sound anatomical principles of kinesiology with the time-honoured practices of gentle yoga, I have enabled people to find pain relief, feel good, and rediscover vitality in their lives.
"I was one of those teachers who thought pain was normal. After learning from Susi, I felt different - almost weird - because I had no pain".
"Susi is an exceptional coach. If you want to work with one of the best, if you want to work with someone who really wants you to succeed, if you want to work with someone who truly walks the walk and talks the talk, work with Susi. She really knows what she is doing".
I've been practicing all the principles + after doing a 60-90 minute practices all week + moving w/ease + breath, I feel like I’ve just been moving + breathing, I don’t feel like I’ve “practiced.” Prior to this course usually something is hurting, strained, overused, but I’ve interpreted it as “I’ve worked out.” It’s just so strange to go thru my day + night “pain free” …..that I feel like I haven’t “done” anything….so my brain is catching up with the novelty that I can do a strong practice + not feel pain. AND I am making progress in areas where I was weak /tight/both or lacked mobility. Hope you understand what I’m saying, it’s just plain weird to not have twinges, tension during or after “practice”. This is how it’s suppose to be….functionalsynergy….?
A key piece to recovering from pain is becoming aware and getting really clear on what is working and not working.
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