Yoga for Back pain

 Are you suffering from Back Pain?

 Back Pain is a common health problem most of us suffer in our daily life.

According to the American College of Physicians and American Pain Society, Yoga is an effective, evidence-based treatment for Back Pain.

Yoga offers greater benefit than exercise alone. The Yoga for Back Pain practices are a combination of Self-awareness, physical exercises with breathing, mental focus, the patients are educated about good posture, healthy lifestyle, stress management, self-care, and relaxation.

The regular practice of yoga therapy can restore the normalcy of your back and help you prevent surgery.

There are different types of back pain people suffer from e.g. Spondylosis, Slip Disc, Sciatica, Spinal Stenosis, Spondylolisthesis etc. The yoga practices are different for each type of back pain.  For example, the yoga practices for Slip Disc are totally opposite from the yoga practices for Spondylolisthesis.  For Slip Disc you need to do backward bending asanas (extension practices) whereas for Spondylolisthesis you need to do forward bending asanas (flexion practices). Therefore each type of back pain practices are different and needs individual customization. 

Therefore, if you are suffering from any type of back pain, you need an expert yoga therapist (not normal yoga instructor or yoga teacher) who can understand your problem and customize the yoga practices accordingly and also design a progressive yoga module that will lead you to recovery step by step.

Chow Siddhartha, the founder of Siddhartha Yoga, Bangalore suffered from Back Pain while working as a site engineer in the Indian Railways. He was riding a motorcycle on uneven roads while overseeing the railway track developmental works. With the unbearable back pain, he realized his health was more important than his job. He quit the job and came to SVYASA Yoga University, Bangalore and studied Yoga and Yoga Therapy for seven years under the personal guidance of Dr. R. Nagarathna, MBBS, MD, FRCP and Dr. H.R. Nagendra, Ph.D. - the world-renowned yoga experts. During his seven years of stay at SVYASA Yoga University, Chow Siddhartha mastered the art of treating different types of back pain with yoga therapy as well as other various diseases.  Chow was also the Chief Yoga Therapist and Head of Back Pain Section at AROGYADHAMA, SVYASA University for five years. 

Chow has been treating back pain participants hailing from different parts of the world at Bangalore for the last 16 years.  Chow also treats back pain participants online who cannot come to Bangalore.

Chow has been featured in Financial Times, Indian Express, Times of India, The Telegraph and Deccan Herald.

If you are suffering from any type of Back Pain and would like to consult/ get treatment with Chow Siddhartha, please contact:

+91-98459 36798

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Dr. Padmini, Ph.D., Professor, SVYASA Yoga University and Chow Siddhartha jointly Published the following research papers on Back Pain:

1) A comprehensive yoga program improves pain, anxiety, and depression in chronic low back pain patients more than exercise: An RCT (published in the journal of “Complementary Therapies in Medicine”, an international, peer-reviewed journal.)

June 2012

P. Tekur | R. Nagarathna | S. Chametcha | Alex Hankey | H.R. Nagendra

2) Effect of Yoga on Quality of Life of Chronic Low Back Pain (CLBP) Patients: A Randomized Control Study (published in the 'International Journal of Yoga' a peer-reviewed international journal.  It is abstracted and indexed in PubMed Central, EBSCO databases, EmCare, Expanded Academic ASAP, and ProQuest.)

January 2010

Tekur P, Chametcha S, Hongasandra RN, Raghuram N.

3) Effect of short-term Intensive Yoga Program on Pain, Functional Disability and Spinal Flexibility in Chronic Low Back Pain: A Randomized Control Study (published in the ‘Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine’, an international, peer-reviewed journal).

July 2008

Tekur P, Singphow C, Nagendra HR, Raghuram N


Chow Siddhartha with his yoga students at Bangalore


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