Yoga for Pain Relief
Yoga is a mind/ body practice with a 5,000-year history that combines physical, mental and spiritual practices.
From a physical standpoint if offers exercises that encompass the entire body.
I combine traditional yoga postures with anything that works to help people find freedom from pain, borrowing from personal trainers, physical therapists, and pilates teachers freely.
Remember… it is all yoga.
Getting out of pain requires 3 critical shifts:
Making simple changes to the way you walk and stand can have profound benefits. Move it or lose it is sound advice.
Walking, standing, breathing… these are all automatic behaviors that are changeable with a little effort and the right guidance.
99 out of 100 people lean backwards when they walk and stand but don’t think they do. Are you one of them?
Below are the most important articles I've published, to help you find the right solutions, develop optimal habits and get out of pain without Advil, cortisone, or surgery.
CoreWalking Program: Pain Relief One Simple Step at a Time
It isn't all that hard to make changes to the way you walk and experience less pain, greater mobility, and better energy.
Walking is the best way to bring permanent change to the body because we all do it, and we do it over and over again...
All Exercise is Yoga
Exercise was born of devotion.
And what a beautiful thing that is.
5000 years ago a group of people interested in meditation realized that while sitting still is hard there were ways to move the body that made sitting easier.
In the ancient yoga text there aren’t many positions/asanas as they were all centered around meditation.
Fast forward a couple of thousand years and another group of yogis emerged, developing some new asanas ( the sanskrit word for seat and what we refer to as a pose), focusing somewhat on spiritual advancement through physical mastery.
Fast forward yet another five hundred years, give or take, and at the turn of the last century we moved towards the much larger canon of asanas/ poses that we work with today.
To stir the pot a bit, there is an argument to be made that the modern physical yoga we do today is as influenced by British military training as it is by those ancient yogis.
But if you follow my logic, yoga is the first exercise, therefore all exercise is yoga.
And I believe in the devotion it takes to build a cleaner, purer, stronger vessel/body that can withstand the ravages that time and experience inflict upon our bodies and minds.
Change is Good but Change is Hard
There is a big difference between exercising and exercising correctly.
The most important thing we can do to age successfully is to move and then move some more— so to one end— even exercising incorrectly has its merits.
The problem is one of patterns and habits. We do everything the same way. The way you walk is reflected in the way you stand and exercise, and even the way you sleep.
And habits aren’t developed to stop being habits. They are developed to become unconscious whether for good or bad.
So exercising poorly reinforces all of your other poor patterns and the vicious cycle is played out across every strata of our moving life.
But— and this is a good but— if you learn to exercise correctly you can translate it into other parts of your life and build a better machine.
It isn’t all that hard to change but we aren’t designed to change.
We have to override our habitual patterns to create new, more healing, patterns that will serve us for the rest of our lives.
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