Perhaps yogis’ favourite pose, downward dog is a full-body stretch that provides relief for tight hamstrings.
“A tight hamstring combined with an unhappy piriformis muscle can irritate and aggravate the sciatic nerve,” says Visram.
That’s where downward dog comes in. “Downward facing dog is an excellent hamstring stretch and also helps to align the entire spine with lengthening and strengthening the lower back,” says Sarah Bolen, a Halifax-based yoga instructor and host of Coral TV’s Surviving Yoga.
She recommends slightly bending your knees in this pose if you experience sciatic pain, to assist in tilting the pelvis forward.