We have about a 40% chance of experiencing some sciatica pain during our lives. The sciatic nerve is the longest nerve in our body, running from the base of the spine right down through the thigh and calf muscles, all the way to the foot. Signs of sciatica can be as simple as a tingling or numbness anywhere in your buttocks, legs or feet, or it can manifest as severe pain in those areas.
Sciatica can also cause unexpected weakness in the legs, reduced reflexes in your achilles tendon and knee, and reduced flexibility in your ankles. Perhaps the most common is a pinching sensation in the butt or legs as you walk. Fortunately, there are some yoga stretches which can significantly ease the discomfort of sciatica. We’ve selected nine of the simplest poses that even yoga novices will be able to master.