Day in and day out

What we do with our bodies day in and day out, has a far greater impact than our 2 hours of yoga, stretching, strength training or whatever you do each week. For example, are you seated at a desk most of the week, are you someone who is always rounding your shoulders? I could go on and on with examples of things we do with our bodies unconsciously every single day and it has the greatest impact on our bodies. People come to me all the time and tell me about a very specific area of their body that has been having issues for weeks, months and years. I try and observe them and see how they sit, stand, hold their heads, walk, etc and many times it is something they are doing daily that is creating the issue.

I’m going to use myself as an example, I tuck my chin a lot! I mean my chin is almost touching my chest, I tuck it so much. Guess where my issues are?? My neck and shoulder area almost always end up with aches & pains. I have become aware of how I hold my head up or don’t hold it up in this case and trying to bring some awareness to the imbalance has helped a bit. Of course the greatest way I have found to undue some of my daily habit is with yoga, stretching, and self massage techniques. I also have come to understand, that strength training specific areas of the body that are not working optimally is very important. If it were not for these things I would be in chronic pain, but I am not because I will continually have to do the work to balance out my unbalance.

We all have these things we do, day in and day out and as I said I believe they have some of the greatest impacts on our bodies. I believe very strongly that we all need to do things to re balance our imbalanced bodies.

Yoga for Back pain

Yoga for back pain, umm yes!! A back pain study and its findings. Not surprising to me, yoga is one of the things that works! There is no way around the time and work you have to put in, but if you’re willing to do the work the rewards are no pain! I know this first hand because when I do the work my body feels amazing. As soon as I start to slack off, I feel the aches start to creep back in. Those aches if not dealt with turn to bigger aches or full on pain. I don’t make the rules of the human body, but I know for sure that if I am willing to put in the time the rewards are amazing.

I also believe we all need more than one thing for an overall great feeling body. Yoga is one part of the equation for me, a big part, but one part. I use techniques learned from a physical therapist, some Pilate type movements and self massage techniques as well as cardio. It is all of these that when used in combination that keep my body working as well as it can. I don’t want to over simplify as there are so many variables and components to what works for someone, but I have seen it over and over again then when done in the correct combination and way it works!

It seems like a no brainer to me, but so many people are still so confused about back pain and what to do. It makes me sad and a bit frustrated because I know I can help in so many cases, but I can not force someone to put in the time. Please read the article and I promise to help you if your so inclined!

Here is an easy 5min video to help get you started.. The movements in the video are ones I do almost everyday and teach to everyone!

https://www.vox.com/science-and-health/2017/8/4/15929484/chronic-back-pain-treatment-mainstream-vs-alternative

Yoga is not a one size fits all.

Yoga is not a one size fits all! How could it be, your body is as individual as your DNA. There are a plethora of variables that go into how your body feels on any given day. Examples are, how did you sleep last night, are you getting over a cold, are you nursing an injury in your shoulder, have you not been eating well, are you going through something emotional, I could go on and on, but I’m hoping you get the picture. All these factors change daily and have relevance to what you can and cannot do on any given day . It is all of these things that help me determine what’s right for me on that day or helping a student understand.

We bring a lot of emotional thoughts to the table when we are exercising and stretching . Some people grew up thinking they were terrible at sports, or are not very coordinated, or not very flexible, or a great athelete and this has a bearing before we even start to move. Our relationship to pain is another important thing to consider or understand with movement . Ask the same 10 people to do the same exact move and one person will tell me it’s painful and someone else will say it feels great.

I believe that starting to tune in to these different ideas and thoughts we have first about our bodies, movement, pain, and flexibility are the first things to bring some clarity to and understanding. I know for myself I have a type A personality when it comes to movement, so for me slowing down, not pushing is an important part of my process. I also have a high tolerance for pain and I have learned that is another area I really need to pull back and slow down.

Next time you go to exercise or whatever movement you’re doing walking, swimming, yoga, notice how you feel, think about what you’re really feeling in your body and let that be your guide.
Of course great yoga teachers and other teachers & classes are a great way to help you learn these things. It’s not about finding some perfect yoga pose alignment, it’s about finding the right yoga pose alignment just for You!
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