Poses for Consideration: Spondylolysis, Spondylolisthesis
Yoga Teacher Beth Spindler, who writes for Yoga for Healthy Aging, has spondylisthesis. She recommends four particular poses here: My Magic Four for Back and Spine.
Some options might include:
- Viparita Karani with Chair – for rest and relief of pain and stress
- Supta Padangusthasana (Reclined Hand to Toe) – for releasing hamstring tension
- Opposite Limb Extension – for building core strength
- Tadasaa (Mountain Pose) – for elongating the spine
- Extended Mountain Pose – for elongating the spine
In addition, you may wish to consider pain management in general. Relaxation, stress relief and the reduction of tension, both muscular and psychological, can all have a positive impact on the experience of chronic pain. Learn much more:
Therapeutic sequences for low back care would be a place to begin. But note the cautions above regarding the poses that need to be approached with care.
- Low Back Care: Restorative (All 45-min)
- Low Back Care: Reclined Hip Stretches (All 10-min)
- Low Back Care Sequence (by Yoga for Healthy Aging) – Omit Locust Pose as that is too deep for this condition