Yoga exercises for coccydynia

Priyanka, USA -

Posted 2019-07-07

My coccydynia story is 15 years old. During this time, I have also gone through three pregnancies. From not being able to sit, to not being able to sleep on my back, to not being able to stand for long periods of time, to not being able to walk, to heel pain, to ankle sprains, to knee pain, to pelvic rotation, to shoulder impingement -- yes, it has been a cascading effect. One thing leads to another and before you realize your whole body is out of order.

I tried chiropractic treatments. I was also recommended to have the coccyx removed but I never agreed. Last year, I went to see Dr. Durtnall (see Doctors and specialists in the UK, London). To go see him, had been my dream for 10 years. He and his staff were very nice. Initially, it seemed I would be better in no time but later, it was obvious that my coccyx was very stubborn. Dr. Durtnall emphasized good posture and Tai-Chi - Yoga kind of moves. Learning yoga to heal my tailbone had been on my mind for some time. So, during this visit, right there in London, I signed up for a Yoga Teacher Training Program in U.S.A., where I live.

Last year has been a journey. After finishing yoga, I studied personal training. So, I am a Yoga Teacher and a Personal Trainer. I am proud to be able to take care of my body. I know what movements my body likes, what postures to avoid, what exercises to do to stretch and strengthen various body parts. I found a mattress that lets me sleep on my back with minimal soreness around my tailbone next morning. I go to the gym, do my exercises and am good to go. I walk three miles most days, happily stand while cooking, cleaning, teaching computer coding. A good exercise regimen has been the best treatment I have found.

If anybody is interested and the doctor has recommended exercise, I offer online lessons that combine yoga and personal training. Please feel free to contact me at

Thank you,


Updated 2020-10-04

I am able to manage the pain with my lifestyle choices. I don't sit for long periods of time, don't lean back. I walk, run, do yoga and other exercises, which had minimized the pain. I have begun to use body pillows on both sides to find some position to sleep in. Not being able to sleep on my back has been the hardest part for 12 years. Other positions have not worked. I damaged my shoulders sleeping on the sides too much. Sleeping on tummy gives me a sore neck.

So, overall I am more functional than I have been throughout this journey with coccyx pain. Days are good, nights are better but difficult still due to no pain-free position to sleep in.

I would love if anyone has found ways to find a comfortable position to sleep in.

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