Low Back Pain is one of the most common reasons why people visit doctors in America today. The funny thing is that doctors and even physical therapists are not able to offer long term help. While immediate and short term relief are readily available, Yoga is the best way to prevent and relieve back pain for good, as it has the potential to repair overall posture and rebuild patterns of movement necessary for a healthy spine.
The primary cause of these challenges are posture habits. In our world today it becomes almost impossible to avoid common deteriorations of the spine through our everyday movements like driving, interacting with electronics, sitting on sofas and chairs. Our daily movement patterns have not caught up with the evolutions of working and social needs.
Daily group Yoga classes are excellent ways to counter these challenges and avoid initial or reoccurring back pain. The primary benefit to a yoga practice is that the posterior chain -- the back body running from the backs of your heels to the back of your neck -- is activated. Actions like stretching and opening the hamstrings will be huge for finding relief and beginning to create healthy movement patters.
If you have struggled with back pain in the past, or teachers, if you have a student who you know needs extra help here, be sure to avoid lumbar (low back) twisting actions and any rounded back movements, especially during forward folds. Anytime weight or rotation is being asked of your back, you will want to ensure that you are able to fully engage your core, keep your hips level and avoid adding additional strain to the lumbar spine.
If you currently have an injury or are experiencing pain, you will need to see a Certified Yoga Therapist. Learn more about scheduling a session at www.yogadeza.com/yoga-therapy.
There's something different about a Yoga class, no doubt.
You felt it the first time you practiced, no?
How was that cultivated? What is it and why do we need it?
In today's society ritual has become a long-forgotten art. From meals to self-care, instant access to information matched with longer work days and less outdoor connection leave us with a dissonance to the rhythms of every day life. We can easily find ourselves searching for the present moment online; looking up recipes to eat healthier and then forgetting what went into our mouth last. A short 100 years ago our ancestors lived by the sun and the moon. School summers and daylight savings times were established to protect routines of the farmers as time began to rule. Everyone did the same thing every Sunday. Those who practice Ayurveda begin to consciously invite in the return of ritual through Dinacharya, the daily routine.
A Yoga class is often our only link to ritual each day. We unroll our mat, we collect our props, we focus on our breath, we move our body in conscious rhythm.
As a teacher and a student, a Sacred Space begins to unfold through this ritual. LIke Pavlov's dogs, our body knows what to do the moment we enter a room for practice. The more structured the routine, the faster your body will begin to respond. Here, the unwinding and subsequently recreation of yourself begins; physically, mentally, spiritually.
So whether you find yourself chanting Sanskrit or simply arranging your blocks and props, the intentionality behind your setup for practice begins the process in itself. There's a big difference between doing this consciously, with presence, and on auto-pilot. The whole basis for your practice is centered around fostering the former, whether you realize it or not. Yoga is the union of self to the conscious, present moment.
Adapted from the Structure of Vinyasa, 200hr Manual, Creating Sacred Space
Om Namah Shivaya Gurave