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Are you suffering from back pain? Use these yoga stretches to relieve your low back pain.

Most low back pain is not caused by structural problems in the spine. Common culprits of back pain are chronic inflammation of the fascia, and tight hips, hamstrings, quadriceps, psoas, and quadratus lumborum (QL) muscles.

If you are not familiar with fascia, in short, it is connective tissue that holds the entire body together. Fascia connects all connective tissues (muscles, bones, tendons, ligaments, and blood). It can also be a part of the body on its own, like the thick plantar fascia that stabilizes the arch on the bottom of the foot. Stress and dehydration can cause fascia to contract and harden.

Yin Yoga is a form of yoga practice that involves holding stretches for three to five minutes. The benefits of yin yoga include: calms and balances the mind and body; reduces stress and anxiety; increases circulation; improves flexibility; releases fascia and improves joint mobility; balances the internal organs and improves the flow of chi or prana.

This Yin Yoga practice* has been specifically designed to work with the parts of the body that contribute to low back pain. The practice is intended to activate the parasympathetic nervous system, our natural state that is often referred to as rest and digest. In this practice, you'll stretch the hips, legs, and back muscles and fascia to release tension along the spine.

*Before starting any new exercise, be sure to consult a licensed physician to ensure you are in good health and able to perform yoga exercises.

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