Also known as spondyloarthritis or spondyloarthropathy, Spondylitis is a collective term that covers any spinal column related, chronic disorders. Owing to our modern lifestyles, the painful disease sprouts from unhealthy habits like sitting hunched over computer screens and reading lying down for hours. Such practices affect the flexibility of the neck and later, cause irreparable damage wherein vertebra gets inflamed. Spndylitis also affects other joints of the body, with its incidence being highest around the age of 35.
Though medicines help alleviate the damage, Spondylitis can’t be permanently cured. However, certain yoga poses are beneficial in managing the spinal pain to a non-existent level. Hence, we recommend Spondylitis patients to include below listed yogic spondylitis exercises in their yoga routine:
Cobra Pose (Bhujangasana)
First, you need to lie flat on the floor on your stomach and then, bend your elbows and align your palm along your chest. Next, apply pressure on you things, genitals and feet for creating perfect contact with the floor. Now, try to lift your chest off the floor while pressing your tailbone against the pubis and firming your buttocks. Try to maintain this position for 15 to 20 seconds.
Locust Pose (Shalabhasana)
Visually similar to Cobra pose, the Locust Pose is bit difficult yoga pose for newbies. However, one can master it with regular practice. What you need to do is lie flat on the floor on your stomach. Next, lift your arms off the floor while making sure that your palms face the roof. Now, try to lift your legs and upper body so that your abdomen and lower ribs feel the pressure. Finally, try to be in this position for 30-40 seconds.
Eagle Pose (Garudasana)
Stand in Tadasana or the Mountain Pose and then, bend your knees while drawing your left foot upward. Next, wrap your left foot and left thigh over your right leg and right thigh respectively. Now, cross your arms at the elbows, left over right, while making sure that your fingers are pointing upward. Hold this position for 15 to 30 seconds.
Camel Pose (Ushtrasana)
To start with, sit on your knees at hips distance apart. Try to create a right angle by pushing your spine and abdomen upward. Next, push your pelvis forward and tilt your head backwards. Finally, rest your right hand on your right heel and your left hand on the left heel. Try to hold this position for 40-60 seconds.
Corpse Pose (Savasana)
Finally yet importantly, the Corpse Pose or Savasana ensures spinal litheness and thus, helps you cope up with Spondylitis. What you need to do is lie flat on the floor on your back. Make sure that your legs and arms make a 45° angle to your body. As you hold this position for 40-50 seconds, you’ll feel that your whole body and mind is relaxed.