Yoga practice can be highly effective at easing back pain. There are many different causes for back pain. For the garden variety back pain from sitting too much, weekend warriors or mild conditions, yoga poses can help and also prevent back pain. A comprehensive practice is best to improve overall flexibility as well as core strength. In the Iyengar system, poses that create length throughout the torso, such as this pose, can be very helpful. This variation of Adho Mukha Virasana or downward facing hero pose, is more commonly known as child’s pose. Taking the pose in the chair is very helpful to create length on all sides of the trunk and spine. Using the arms actively reaching to the blocks adds more stretch. Yoga can also be beneficial for other more serious conditions, however students should be sure to discuss their condition with their teacher and to seek appropriate medical care as needed. A consistent, regular practice of the eight limbs of yoga can contribute greatly to easing an aching back.