Pose Modifications or Emphasis: Sciatica & Piriformis Syndrome

Adho Mukha Svanasana (Downward Facing Dog)

  • Bend knees to assist in forward pelvic rotation.
  • Turn heels in to create space in buttocks.
  • Another option: partner stands behind, places strap at hip crease, pulls back and away
  • Adho Mukha Svanasana (Downward Facing Dog)

Gomukhasana (Cow Face) Legs

Supta Padangusthasana (Reclined Hand to Toe)

Ardha Matsyendrasana (Half Lord of Fishes Pose)

Salabhasana (Locust Pose)

  • Sarah Powers notes “The best variation [for sciatica] is to inhale, lift chest & legs; exhale there. Then inhale, bring legs apart (which affects the piriformis also); exhale, bring legs back together. If lifting the feet aggravates it, then do this with feet moving along floor.”
  • Salabhasana (Locust Pose)

Anjaneyasana (Low Lunge)

Forward Bends (If student performs them)

  • Elevate hips, and/or
  • Bend knees, and/or
  • Work to ensure pose is felt properly
  • Forward Bends