Addressing Low Back Pain in Yoga's Up Dog

On the heels of my recent article on backbends for Yoga International (!!), I thought I would share this quick video on some tips for addressing low back pain in upward facing dog (urdhva mukha svanasana). How many yogis do you know who have complained about back pain/tweakiness/discomfort in this pose? (I know a lot!) If you work to integrate the tips in this video into your up dog practice, you should find yourself moving much closer to a shape that embodies the all-important "arches not angles" principle that I discuss in my YI article.

And remember - because up dog is often taught quickly and frequently (sometimes up to 50 times!) in a single yoga practice, it has the tendency to become an unhelpful pose for your body due to its inherent repetitiveness. It is much better to practice just a few up dogs which are mindful and well-aligned than a gazillion up dogs which are poorly organized.

I hope you find this video helpful for yourself and your students. As always, if you have any questions, just let me know!