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larry forsythe

I have had sciatica pain since the early '90s, My yoga practice relieved the problem for many years. Now I awake with severe pain on the left side butt. L5-S1 The question I have is why do I get relief walking from my bed bent over, torso parallel with the floor. Also forward bends are no problem, both palms on the floor.


i would like to know why i can't spread my legs more than a foot wide. it hurts my right hip and the tendons or ligaments on the inside of my thigh are extremely tight.


I've been practicing yoga for over ten years on my own, never been to any yoga class. I learnt through books and made lot of alignment mistakes in the first years. I practice twice daily early morning and late evening, each practice lasting 1hr30 to 2hrs. each day focus on specific poses, one day for standing poses,next day sitting poses&twists, following day balancing poses,and back bends but before any poses I always start with surya namaskar to warm up then followed by 10 minutes of sirsana, 10 minutes of sarvangasana only afterwards that I'll do whatever poses of that day. Then out of the blue I developed sciatica. At first I didn't know what it was, I just noticed I couldn't stay any longer in any of the poses due the shooting pain down the left buttock and foot and weakness of the left leg.on standing poses i'd shake and sometimes falling, couldn't hold any longer sirsana or sarvangasana for a minute, I have to come down the pain was just unbearable.I really thought I'm going to paralyse as I started having difficulty even walking, I couln'd lift the left leg. So I went to see my GP,after examination I was diagnosed with sciatica. I had to reexamine my practice. It's true what you mentioned about rounded lower back on forwardbends to compensate weak lowerback, for me it was the culprit. Now I've conquered sciatica through concave lowerback on forwards bends and intense practices, making sure the buttocks muscles and inner thigh muscles affected by sciatica are daily stretched and always keep in mind that it might come back, so no complaincancy.As th great Iyengar once said"diseases are always on our skin waiting for an opportunity to enter the body, keep on practicing diligently to prevent that" My sirsana, sarvangasana, hanumanasana, natarajasana& all my poses have been regained! Your advice were spot on! Namatse!


This completely explained I was having with my leg tingling after forward seated poses. Thanks!!


But how can I really have a satisfying yoga practice without any forward bends?? I have had sciatica for two years now. I had a brief respite for 5 months but it came back with a vengeance. I can't run or do yoga now.


I had sustained a bilateral stress fracture of my sacrum with strained ligaments on 3/27/10. I had just finished my Yoga Sun Salutations on cold "sunny" windy morning and was sitting in my window seat cushion wth my doggy and slipped backwards out of lotus position onto my sacrum onto the carpeted floor. I contend that the floor needed more padding; I am told that I need more padding but whatever; it has been a painful but healing journey. I have been under the care of a MD, and an Osteopath. I would like to know what poses would be recommended at this point for strengthening, conditioning without puting too much strain on that area yet. I still have the pain with hard surface (tender to touch) and with stretch ( I do not have full ROM etc. but want to get "it all back" I was intermediate at baseline with some limitations d/t scoliosis aaand cervical neuritis prior to this injury so have been working with those adjustments already. I would appreciate any suggestions!! I know "watch out on the window seat" mediatate on the floor!!" Namaste!


Can hatha yoga be done safely without a qualified teacher? I am not seeking to become a rubber band. I am gentle and slow. My experience has been eventually I do something that causes such muscle pain, I've had to stop for weeks, begin again, only to eventually get to pain. Right now its two months trying to get past sciatic pain. Again I ask, is it safe without guidance from teacher?


Wow. I really appreciate the technical, physiological explanation. I am recovering from pulling my lower back for 3 wks now. In the last 2 years of practice, this is the longest I have been away.
If you avoid certain poses, can you still become a certified yoga instructor??


i have found tht these really do work wonderfully and the sciatica will disappear. but whatever you do dont try any forward bends, i made tht mistake when i stopped feeling pain and the next day i was back to square one.


if you want the benefit of a back bend while pregnant, try doing half-bow pose lying on the side!

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