One of the primary complaints I hear from my yoga students is back pain – specifically, lower back pain. This type of discomfort can stem from a variety of things including poor posture, long periods of sitting or standing and tight hips and tight hamstrings, to name a few. Generally, things that can be addressed with some awareness and gentle, targeted movement. Studies have shown that people who practice yoga regularly experience less pain and improved flexibility and movement. Try this short sequence of yoga postures the next time your lower back is calling for your attention or, better yet, as a preventative measure to keep your spine supple and strong. Of course, if you experience prolonged back pain, it may be time to seek the guidance of a professional doctor, physical therapist or body worker.