Breathe Easy—These Yoga Poses Were Made for Relieving Lower Back Pain

Yoga is so much more than a . While the ancient practice is often touted as a strengthening workout for those with an affinity for Lululemon gear, it boasts more than just the ability to tone your arms and core. Yoga offers both physical and  and no one understands this more than the founder of  Fern Olivia and Los Angeles-based instructor .

Take lower back pain, for example. According to Olivia, discomfort in this area can be related to everything from insecurity to anger. Additionally, daily routines like sitting at a desk all day or being stuck in the car during long commutes can contribute to back problems, Ficchi points out. Because yoga tackles both emotional and physical factors, the practice can be used to alleviate lower back pain.

"Yoga can be very beneficial for the lower back because it will help to stretch and strengthen the muscles that support the back and spine," Ficchi explains. Not only can doing yoga help to ease lower back pain, but it can also help to prevent injuries in the future, she adds. This is done through a variety of specific poses that work to release tension in the lower back while strengthening muscles that support the spine, like your abs.

Of course, yoga is like any other workout routine in many ways and you shouldn't jump into a new practice with the hopes of curing pain without first consulting your doctor and taking necessary precautions. Ficchi advises easing into new movements and listening to your body during the process in order to avoid injury. "If something feels 'off' in your body, stop doing it and utilize modifications as opposed to just jerking your body into a shape you think it needs to be in," Ficchi says. You can also use  like blocks, straps, blankets, and bolsters to help you transition into new postures.

If you're ready to try yoga for lower back pain, start out with this flow designed by Ficchi to target your back and help soothe pain while strengthening important muscles. Here's how to get into each pose and exactly how it will benefit your back.