Previously published November 20, 2014 on Yogamattes blog.
[SI joint injury frequently intersects with other causes of low back pain, such as bulging discs, arthritis, and muscular strains; these guidelines are also appropriate for injuries to low back, pelvis, & hips.]
Previous posts in this series: SI Joint Dysfunction (Intro), SIJ & Yoga Practice, SIJ & Yoga: Key Points
In the Bikram Yoga beginning series, the first posture (after the first breathing exercise) is Ardha Chandrasana with Pada Hastasana, “Half Moon Pose, with Hands to Feet pose“.
It is, in fact, three postures in one – a stretch or bend to each side, a standing back bend, and a standing forward bend.
Let's talk about the Half Moon side bend.
Take it easy. DO NOT TRY TO INCREASE FLEXIBILITY. Remember: flexibility is part of the problem – stability & strength are part of the solution.