Yoga is a great healing practice that allows you to strengthen your body and recover from injuries with low-impact exercises that build strong muscles. It provides you with significant mental and physical benefits that can help you with many health-related problems when practiced regularly.
When combined with the incredible strengthening and recovery benefits of TENS/EMS therapy, e-stim for Yoga can help elevate and transform your workouts. So grab your yoga mat and your favorite HiDow TENS/EMS devices and get ready to get zen with TENS as we show you how to place your TENS pads for the ultimate Yoga session.
Downward Dog for Lower Back Pain
The Downward Dog position is one of the most well-known and popular Yoga positions. It is great for alleviating lower back pain as it takes the weight of gravity off of your spine and allows your abdomen to contract and strengthen. When doing Yoga to alleviate lower back pain, simply place your electrode pads on the small of your back. If you are using two (2) pads, place them side-by-side. For four (4) pads, place them in the shape of a square (two rows of two) on the small of your back.
Follow these steps to correctly place your body in a Downward Dog Position:
To begin your downward dog pose, start by coming onto all fours with your hands shoulder-width apart on the mat. Your knees should be hip-width apart with your feet flat on the ground behind you.
On an inhale, press firmly into your mat as you lift your hips towards the ceiling until you form an inverted ‘V’ shape with your body. Spread through each finger as you press firmly into both hands, keeping a slight bend in both elbows to ensure that you don’t lock them out straight.
Upward Facing Dog for General Back Pain
Upward Facing Dog is an effective Yoga pose for all-around back pain as it helps strengthen your core and your spine. When in this position, you should place the TENS/EMS pads in the middle of your back, just below your where shoulder blades. Again, you should place your electrode pads next to each other in rows of 2.
Here’s how to do the Upward Facing Dog position:
Firstly, start on all fours with your hands positioned directly under your shoulders and your knees below your hips. Make sure that you engage your abdominal muscles throughout this pose for added support.
Secondly, press down into the mat with your hands as you lift your chest up towards the sky and straighten out both arms at shoulder height. Hold this position for 5 to 10 breaths before releasing back down onto all fours again.
Camel Pose (Ustrasana) for Upper Back, Soldiers, and Posture
Ustrasana, or the Camel Pose, is a position where you kneel on both knees and arch backward, reaching your hands towards your ankles. This position is highly effective at helping those with upper back pain caused by poor posture and excessive hunching.
When you use e-stim for Yoga for this pose, you will simply take two (2) electrode pads and place them side-by-side on the top of your should blades. If you experience neck pain as well, you can place two (2) more electrode pads right above them at the base of your neck. Always make sure that electrode pads are placed over muscles and not directly on the bone.
Follow these tips to do the Camel Pose:
To perform Yoga Camel Pose, start on your knees with your feet together and your toes pointed back towards your body. Place your hands on either side of your feet with palms facing up.
Engage your abdominal muscles by drawing them into the spine as you lean back into a deep arch position, pushing through the hips as you do so.