Sacroiliac joint issues in yoga
Recently I’ve been exploring the cause and effects of Sacroiliac joint dysfunction, and postural instability causing pain/discomfort in the long term. The SI joint connects the hip bones (iliac crests) to the sacrum (the triangular bone between the lumbar spine and the tailbone/coccyx).
Many years ago I discovered that my pelvis was considerably unbalanced, which was manipulated and managed through regular osteopathy treatments. The issue was compounded by my perpetual sitting at a desk job. My interest has piqued again since teaching yoga and seeing many participants suffering with “lower back” or “hip” pain, which upon further investigation has revealed aggravation in the SI joint. For some, it has come about by a one-off incident such as pulling out a root in the garden, and for others, discomfort has been brought on by habitual movements or lack thereof.
I’ve been looking into ways that I can offer stabilising movements and postures in my yoga sequencing. Donna Farhi is highly knowledgeable in this area. I’ve found her tips helpful whilst exploring these adjustments on my own yoga mat. If you’re interested in seeing how your SI joints can be better supported in your yoga practice, this video below is an excellent resource.