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PUBLISHED IN USA TODAY RUIDOSO NEWS
“No Fear Yoga”, a 4-part series on practical approaches to obstacles in common styles of yoga and Yoga Teacher Training.
by Marianne Mohr, Special to the Ruidoso News. Published 3:02 p.m. MT March 12, 2018. Third in a series of four articles about becoming comfortable with a chosen path of yoga by Marianne Mohr, director of the Buddha Yoga School of Yogic Arts in Ruidoso & Santa Fe, New Mexico.
This week, I offer solutions to some issues that can cause discomfort or even injury while practicing yoga.As you may know, yoga is one of a number of modalities recommended by medical professionals called Complimentary Alternative Medicine (CAM). Often prescribed by medical professionals, yoga has been shown to alleviate issues due to aging such as: improvement in flexibility and joint mobility, standing balance; and to elevate mood and reduce stress or depression. The benefits can be experienced in reduced pain from joint and arthritic conditions, the prevention of injury from falls or a better sense of personal well-being and body image.
For athletes or those who lift weights, run or cycle, yoga provides much needed counter measures to those activities in areas of improved flexibility, balance and ability to focus and endure. For these athletes, yoga compliments their practices to help prevent injury and optimize the efficacy of their sport. The following tips may give you ideas on ways to avoid problems and maximize the benefits of your yoga experience.
Sweat or Strain
Hot yoga has a cultish following and can induce a pleasurable “endorphin high.” While there is merit to warming up before exercise, evidence shows that excessive heat can result in unwanted effects. Studies report that over half of hot yoga practitioners experienced dehydration, nausea and dizziness.
From the New York Times article: Is Hot Yoga Good for You by Roni Rabin: “Muscle and joint injuries may be more common with hot yoga because the heat makes people feel more limber than they actually are, and they may overdo it” … resulting in a strain or sprain.
TIP: If a hot yoga style appeals to you, always bring water and stay hydrated. If you have any heart or circulation problem, hot yoga is not recommended. Be moderate in your range of motion to not overextend joints or muscles. If you are out of breath or dizzy stop and wait to catch up, or try a class where you are not dealing with the rigors of yoga and the added rigors of heat.
Why do we think of pretzel poses when we think of yoga? Probably because many yoga leaders advocate them. Whether from vanity, or from a genuine desire to show their acumen, yoga instructors “wow” their students with esoteric yoga poses, some too dangerous for the average student. This rap gives yoga a bad name, leaving many people to say “I’m not flexible enough to do yoga.” In fact, yoga is practiced in order to get flexible. A large body of poses are simple and within most student’s ability especially if taught in “kramas” or step by step phases.
Additionally, an attitude of some teachers and yoga styles is that the student is there to perfect the pose. Instead, I like to tell students that “the pose is there to work you,” meaning that if they align their bodies properly in the pose, and allow gentle acclimation, the pose will actually work their bodies. It is the instructor’s job to provide students with the whys and hows of poses and cues, modifications and props to assist the proper expression of the pose.
TIP: Try attending classes described as: Gentle, Fascial Stretch, Yin or alignment oriented to start building flexibility through static stretch in hips, hamstrings and shoulders. These type of classes allow longer holds in each pose. Static stretch using body weight, straps or wall sequences can help to open joints, fascia and muscle groups.
Don’t compare yourself to others. You are not in competition with their experience; practice yoga to achieve incremental improvements to where you are today. If you can feel the pose (in proper alignment) then, rightly, yoga is already beginning to work you.
As with all physical exercise, obtain your medical professional’s release to practice yoga. Next week more on ways to avoid a bad yoga experience.Questions? Contact Mohr at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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