I know that back injury can sometimes be triggered by simply bending down to pick up a pencil or a violent sneeze, and the back gives out. For many, injury can also be caused by strenuous activities or lifting heavy weights. Whatever the cause may be, back pain is no joke. Luckily, there are various exercises to strengthen the lower back that can help alleviate the pain and also strengthen the core, leg and abdominal muscles.

Yoga therapy is a growing field and scientific evidence has begun to emphasize its efficacy. I have found that Yoga is as effective as standard physical therapy for treating moderate to severe chronic low back pain. Yoga incorporates stretching and relaxation which reduces the tension in stress-carrying muscles. It promotes good posture, balance and body alignment, which helps to maintain the natural curvature of the spine, which is an important factor in reducing or avoiding low back pain.