Yoga means union. Union of the body and the spirit. Yoga can be very beneficial for those suffering from chronic pain. Yoga is mind-body exercise that helps with flexibility, strength, posture and balance. Breath work (Pranayama) increases oxygen and blood flow, thereby improving circulation and allowing for healing. A consistent physical yoga practice will aid in reducing pain, stiffness and inflammation. Yoga can be meditative therefore can help with depression, anxiety and help improve sleep.
There are many modifications, variations and props that can be used in a yoga practice to support and to assist people in the poses. Straps, blocks, chairs, walls, pillows. The most important message is to listen to your body and to let go of expectations. We are all different. We will all look different in our poses. Yoga is not about rocking that arm balance. It’s about practicing present moment and honoring yourself. Learning to tap into the body and to listen, coming out of a pose immediately if any pain is being experienced.
Yoga asanas (poses) can help build bone density, realign the spine and skeleton by strengthening the muscles. The way we speak to ourselves can have an effect on our mood and our healing yoga brings awareness to not only the physical body but the mental and emotional layers, allowing you to connect with yourself setting you up for positive sense of wellbeing.
Keep an eye out here for some stretching and posing video suggestions coming soon!!