Low back pain can have many origins, and knowing what’s causing the issue can be an important first step in relieving it.

Indeed, sometimes low back pain may have nothing to do with the lumbar spine, but rather be caused by a loss of stability and integrity in the sacroiliac joint.

How can you tell the difference? In the video below, renowned Yoga teacher Donna Farhi discusses the indications of SI joint pain vs. low back pain, and what causes SI joint pain in the first place.

Yoga for office worker

Yoga for Desk Jockeys: 7 Tips To Save Your Back—At Work and On the Mat

Back pain causes more missed days from work than any other medical reason, with the exception of the common cold. Chronic back pain, with no known onset of injury, is often caused by muscular imbalances due to... Read more

Yoga May Be As Effective As Physical Therapy For Low Back Pain

Yoga is known to be effective for low back pain, but how does it stack up against traditional physical therapy? A new study by researchers at Boston University finds out. Read more

Working with Therapeutic Yoga for Scoliosis and Back Pain - An Interview with Deborah Wolk

Deborah Wolk is the founder of Samamkaya Yoga Back Care & Scoliosis Collective in New York City. Inspired by her own back issues, and her extensive yoga education with teachers like Geeta Iyengar, Genny... Read more

New Research Review Highlights Yoga's Benefits for Arthritis, Back Pain and Other Pain Conditions

A great deal of yoga research has focused on pain syndromes including arthritis, neck and back pain, headaches, and the underlying mechanisms of pain reduction in yoga. According to a new, comprehensive review... Read more
Si Joint issues

Yoga for Back Pain: Tips for Maintaining SI Joint Health

I must admit: before I started my Viniyoga teacher training, I’ve never heard of sacrum issues. Sure, I knew what the sacrum was, but my first teacher training program never talked about it, my students never... Read more

Yoga for Back Pain: Are Your Tech Devices Ruining Your Posture?

Tech devices are here to stay, but increasing evidence shows they can also wreak havoc on your body and lead to serious back pain issues. Physical therapist and yoga teacher Stefanie Foster offers insights... Read more

How Yoga Can Help Back Pain: 3 Poses to Try!

I’ve recently had a private client who has a diagnosed spinal condition, making it necessary for me to significantly modify my yoga instruction for him. Even so, the amount of additional length in his spine... Read more

How To Protect Your Lower Back and Create Stability in Any Yoga Pose

Physical therapists know this. Pilates teachers know this. Athletes and dancers know this; how come yoga teachers are behind? Recently one of the commentators on my blog, Michele, asked me: “Why don’t I hear... Read more
yoga for scoliosis, Dr. Loren Fishman

Yoga in the Treatment of Scoliosis—A Doctor’s Perspective

Scoliosis is characterized by a sideways curvature of the spine, and it is surprisingly common. Most people with minor scoliosis go through life and they may never even know that they have the condition... Read more

Dealing With Back Pain? Complementary Treatments Like Yoga May Be Best Option

A new study urges patients to be cautious when before opting for aggressive treatments like spinal fusion surgery. The study, completed in October 2013 by The U.S. Department of Health and Human Service s, found that worker’s compensation patients who underwent spinal fusion (or sometimes a series of those operations) often suffered higher rates of permanent disability than others who had approached their pain in alternative ways. Read more