Back pain and other types of pain are common issues that can end a meditation session early. It is difficult to focus on being mindful if the only thing your mind is focused on is the ache in your lower back. According to Anne Ihnen, LMHC, “A common chronic pain condition—one that perhaps could serve as a model for other pain conditions—is low-back pain. According to recent statistics, about 80 percent of Americans will experience chronic low-back pain in their lifetime, and 25 percent of Americans are currently experiencing it. And yet—as with other chronic pain conditions—definitive treatment is lacking.”
If you have problems with back pain or other pain during meditation, here are some alternative meditation poses that may be a better fit for you.
“Clearly, mind and body practices, like yoga, meditation, deep breathing and prayer help to reduce stress and improves stress-related nervous system imbalances.” – Deborah Khoshaba, PsyD.