Yoga for Slip Disc

Are You suffering from severe back pain? Are You unable to walk or sit properly?

That can be due to Slip Disc. And relax, you are not alone. Over 80% of the adult population suffering from the slipped disc. If not treated on time a person affected by a slipped disc may require spine operation to correct the problem. But, Hold On

There is an alternative method for the treatment of slipped disc that is Therapeutic Iyengar Yoga which will help you cure slipped disc and will also save you from complicated surgeries.

So, Before moving onto slip disc treatment by yoga, let us know about What is Slipped Disc? and What Causes Slipped Disc?

What is Slip Disc (Herniated Disc)?

A slipped disc is also known as Herniated disc or bulgin disc.

A slipped disc or herniated disc is a medical condition in which the jelly-like substance in the inner ring of a disc (present in the bones) pokes out through the outer ring due to any defect or injury.

Let us understand it in detail or you can skip to Slip disc treatment by yoga

As our spine or backbone is made up of a number of bones stacked onto each other. The Spine (backbone) consists 7 bone in the cervical spine, 12 in the thoracic spine, five in the lumbar spine, 5 in sacrum region and 4 in coccyx region.

These bones are supported comfortably by disks, these discs help in protecting the bones from various shocks in daily routine like walking, lifting, twisting, running or holding things, etc.

Every disc in the bones has two parts:

  • A soft and jelly-like inner portion and
  • A hard and strong outer ring.

Any defect or injury in the inner portion can cause the disc to poke out through the outer ring. This condition is known as a slipped disk (herniated disc). It causes pain and weakness in the back. It can even compress nearby nerves which results in extreme pain, numbness, and weakness in legs and arms. Slip Disc can occur anywhere in the whole spine but mostly we observe it in the lower back or lumbar discs l4 l5 s1 (namings you see on your MRI Report).

Causes of Slipped Disc

A slipped disc may result from a number of causes, most common causes of the disease are:

  1. Ageing - Slipped disc is caused by gradual age-related wear and tear in the bones known as degeneration.  With growing age, the disks lose their water content and elasticity which makes them more prone to splitting or rupturing with even a little strain.
  2. Lifting heavy objects.
  3. Unusual body movements like twisting and jumping while lifting heavy objects.
  4. Lifting objects without bending the knees.
  5. Sitting or standing in the wrong posture.

Risk Factors of Slipped Disc

Some common risk factors of the slipped disc are:

  1. Occupation - Jobs that require manual work area at more risk.
  2. Weight - Overweight causes extra stress on the discs of the lower back.
  3. Genetics
  4. Sedentary Lifestyle - An inactive lifestyle can cause slip disc.
  5. Wrong Lifting Techniques - Lifting objects with wrong lifting techniques can also lead to a slipped disc.
  6. Excessive driving or excessive physical activity.
  7. Deficiency of calcium.
  8. Smoking - Reduces oxygen supply to the discs which result in weaker discs.

In some very rare cases, a traumatic event may cause a slipped disc.

Signs and Symptoms of Slipped Disc

A person affected from a slipped disc shows some signs and symptoms after a period of time. Some common signs and symptoms which can be seen in a slipped disc patient are:

  1. Pain - Extreme back pain or pain in thighs, buttocks, calf. Pain in legs, foot, shoulders, and arms. Pain while performing daily activities like walking, running, etc.
  2. Numbness - Numbness in many body parts which are connected by the affected nerve.
  3. Weakness - During Slipped Disc, many body parts get weak, you may be unable to lift or hold objects.
  4. Difficulty in controlling bowel movements.
  5. A burning sensation or aching in the affected area.
  6. Swelling in one part of the body.
  7. Unable to sit or stand at one place for a long period of time.
  8. Irritation, lack of peace of mind, stress.

In general, Patient affected with slipped disc faces problem in almost all the daily tasks and his/her life gets severely affected. It can be closely compared to disability.

Therapeutic Iyengar Yoga for Slip Disc

A slipped disc can be cured by therapeutic yoga treatment, the treatment is assisted by a healthy lifestyle and a balanced diet. With the help of yogic treatment you can easily get relief from pain and save yourself from complicated surgeries.

If you are waiting outside an operation theatre, then please stop for a while and try our Iyengar yoga treatment to save your precious health along with your time and money.

As slip disc patient is not in the condition to practice asanas. But with us, with our Therapy Yoga method you can do this. Let’s take a look at Therapeutic Iyengar yoga asanas which are performed with the help of props for the treatment of slipped disc. With the use of props, anyone can perform even the most difficult asanas within minutes.

Props are effective for beginners, people above 40 years of age, less flexible people, children, people with some disease or disability but strictly need a certified and experienced Iyengar yoga teacher for the supervision.

Some common slipped disc yoga exercises or asanas which can be performed by slip disc patients are:


  • During slip disc treatment by yoga, all the asanas will be performed with the help of props.
  • Patients will be treated by the trained yoga teachers under the guidance of Yogacharya Rajveer Singh Chauhan.
  • The sequence and difficulty level of asanas may vary according to the condition of patients and their respective medical condition.
  • The patient will be advised to perform asanas based on their current health, age and their present capacity to perform asanas.

1. Shavasana

Vishramasana with Ropes and Weights
This asana is performed by using weights and helps in the relaxation of the muscles and releasing the pressure and compression from the affected nerves which enables the body to perform further asanas.

2. Urdhva Hastasana

Urdhava Hastasana
This asana removes the imbalance in the 33 vertebrae and closes the gap between them to enable the spine of the body to return to normal position.

3. Utthita Trikonasana

Utthita Trikonasana
It increases the blood circulation in the legs and helps in the relaxation of the pelvic region and the herniated lumbar disc.

4. Utthita Parsvakonasana

It removes the stiffness in the pelvic region and provides relaxation in the hip joints.

5. Parivrtta Parsvakonasana

Parivrtta Parsvakonasana by Teacher
It helps in the gradual correct positioning of the discs by decreasing the pressure on the spine. It helps in reducing the compression on the nerves. This asana is practised at our centre with the help of an expert Therapeutic Iyengar Yoga Teacher.

6. Ardha Chandrasana

Ardha Chandrasana
It helps in the relaxation of the pelvis and the lumbar region, helps in increasing the blood circulation in the nerves and muscles of legs. It removes the stiffness in the lumbar discs and sacral region of the spine.

7. Adho Mukha Svanasana

Adho Mukha Svanasana with Bolster
It helps in removing the stiffness in the lumbar part of the body and reduces the compression between disc and nerves while increasing the blood circulation in the 33 vertebrae.

8. Salamba Sirsasana

Salamba Sirsasana
This asana is done with the help of ropes and belts to remove the tension in the discs of the lower back.

9. Viparita Dandasana

Viparita Dandasana
It removes the compression occurred in the spine when disc slipped from its original place.

10. Bharadvajasana

Bharadvajasana (With Chair)
This asana is a twisting asana and helps to relax muscles surrounding the vertebrates of the spine. This asana is done with the help of support from the instructors and helps in removing the stiffness and compression from the 33 vertebrates.

11. Utthita Marichyasana

In this asana, the spine is twisted a bit to remove the imbalance in the vertebrae and release compression from the slipped disc & muscles

12. Jathara Parivartanasana

Jathara Parivartanasana
Helps in removing the stiffness in the lower back region.

13. Supta Bharadvajasan

Supta Bharadvajasana by Teacher
This asana is done with the help of Iyengar yoga teachers which helps in removing the stiffness from the lower back and increases the flexibility of the back.

14. Supta Marichyasana

Supta Marichyasana
This asana is performed with the help of expert Iyengar Yoga Teacher which helps in reducing the stiffness in the lower back region and also helps in strengthening the muscles.

15. Supta Padangusthasana

Supta Padangusthasana
It increases the blood circulation in the legs and makes the pelvic region stretched.

16. Lower Back Traction

Lower Back Traction With Ropes by Teacher
This can only be performed with the help of expert Therapeutic Iyengar Yoga Teachers and this asana reduces the compression and stiffness in the lower back region.

17. Legs Relaxation

Vishramasan with Weight and Table
This legs relaxation asana is developed here at Live With Yoga to make your spine and legs get relaxed after performing asanas and stretching with the help of table, ropes and weights.

18. Paschimottanasana in Baddha Konasana

Paschimottanasana in Baddha Konasana
This asana is performed here at our institute with the help of expert teachers and using bolsters makes the spine gets in its original alignment and makes the patient relief in pain and stiffness.

19. Supta Baddha Konasana

Supta Baddha Konasana with Bolster
It improves the level of oxygen in the body and helps in relaxing the body and mind.


  • Defect or injury in the inner portion of the bones can cause the disk to poke out through the outer ring which creates a slipped disc.
  • Age-related degeneration of bones is the most common cause of a slipped disc.
  • Pain, numbness and weakness in the body are some common causes of a slipped disc.
  • All the asanas must be performed in the proper sequence and under the guidance of a trained yoga teacher.