I recently had the opportunity to zoom in on the Symposium on Yoga Therapy and Research (SYTR). Keynote speakers for SYTR included a professor from Harvard University Medical School, the director of the National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (NCCIH), and a yoga therapist from Duke Integrative Medicine.
Hearing how top universities and a government organization use yoga therapy to nurture mind, body, soul, and emotional health because of its research-based effectiveness should convince you that yoga (postures, breathing, relaxation, and meditation) can play a role in improving your health. Organizations recognize that healing is a multidimensional mind, body and soul approach. Just google science research on yoga or visit PubMed, be it yoga for back pain, yoga for cancer, or yoga for stress – there is growing scientific research that yoga can alleviate suffering and improve your health.
You may find it interesting that first year medical students at Harvard are required to take a Mind, Body, and Resilience course that includes the science of yoga as well as a chair yoga practice.
If you are not in the best of health and / or have any health problems, going to your first yoga class is not the best approach. Find a beginner course that will teach you the basics and alignment before showing up for a Vinyasa Powerflow course. Also, please don’t be intimidated or put off by the spread of yoga and how it is presented in our media and with images on Instagram, which usually feature images of white, incredibly thin, and lean, stout women under 40 doing advanced yoga posing . We all start where we are.
If you would like to start a yoga practice feel free to email me and I will help you get started. We all start where we are and maybe it only takes five minutes of yoga a day to get started.
An incredibly strong area of research is yoga for back pain. Bhujangasana aka Cobra Pose is a lovely pose to use to relieve lower back pain, especially if you have a herniated disc. While these are effective, scientifically proven yoga poses for back pain relief, these poses are not suitable for all types of back pain and can cause pain if not performed correctly.
Remember to move slowly and evenly when stepping on and off in poses. If you have been diagnosed with spondylolisthesis or facet joint pathology, you should not do these poses. As with all routes, caution is advised. You should never have a burning sensation, tingling sensation, or severe pain.
Start small, start with the Sphinx: Lie on your stomach, legs together, put your elbows under your shoulders, forearms parallel to each other, spread your fingers, then pull your chest forward between your arms, push your shoulder blades down and towards your spine, Push your sacrum / pelvic area towards the floor, tense your legs / lift your kneecaps, gently tense your buttocks like a bunch of grapes but not like a raisin, then hold at least three full breaths.
When the sphinx worked, move on to the cobra pose. Still lying on the floor, place your hands next to your chest with the same directions as above – shoulders down, buttocks tight, pelvis to the floor, and legs tight. Push through your hands and lift your chest off the floor. Make sure your pubic bone is on the floor and look straight ahead. Hold the pose for at least five to seven breaths.
Since western medicine is prone to prescription drugs and should consider surgery, try yoga instead. Remember that yoga is postures, breathing, relaxation and meditation. Start small, but start.
When the journey of a thousand miles begins with the first step, entry into yoga begins with a pose. Small steps.
Feel free to share your thoughts with me or if you would like to learn more about how to start a yoga practice email me: email@example.com.
Ashton Graham is an educator, book publisher, photographer, cowgirl, and yoga enthusiast. She is currently training to be a certified yoga therapist and lives on a ranch in West Texas.
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from American Chiropractors Directory and News – Feed https://www.americanchiropractors.org/back-pain/one-yoga-pose-after-another/