If your doctor has cleared you to exercise, you might want to ask them if it's okay to do yoga.
I take a yoga class and half the class suffers from sciatic pain including the instructor. They've all said the same thing. The reason they are taking yoga is because yoga has helped them "manage" their sciatic pain. I've read several sources that yoga can help with sciatica.
You may never get rid of your sciatica, but yoga could help relieve some of that pain. My instructor has 20+ years of experience, she says that regular yoga has helped keep it in check. Will it work for you ? It might, but you should ask your doctor first. AND... don't do a DVD. You must work with a knowledgeable yoga instructor because some poses are going to help and some are going to hurt. Thus the need to work with a very qualified yoga instructor.
Check your area for a good studio. try to avoid something like power yoga or bikram. You're best bet is a slow moving Hatha style. This article might help explain how yoga poses could help. www.yogajournal.com/practice/812
But once again, get clearance from your doctor first.
Edited by: ARCHIMEDESII at: 11/18/2013 (14:01)