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Low back pain is the worst! No one should have to suffer through a yoga class when their low back is acting up—and chances are you will have at least one or two students experiencing low back pain or discomfort in certain poses for any number of reasons. They may have a muscle strain or disc injury or happen to sit (or stand) all day. Low back pain, ranging from acute to chronic, is one of the most common medical conditions. Studies show that 8 out of 10 people will be affected by it at some point in their life.
Fortunately, there are many different, creative ways to play with props and modify yoga asanas to free the low back once you have a strong understanding of anatomy and biomechanics. (I highly suggest researching and investigating in your own practice.) But for now, here are five pose modifications for students with low back pain to get you started.