Yoga Can Beat Pain

It’s All In Your Head: Yoga Can Beat Pain

It’s All In Your Head: Yoga Can Beat Pain

Traditionally, yoga has been used by millions to lower stress and improve their overall health. However, there has been a growing tendency to employ yoga to target specific physical problems, especially when they are hard to treat with more conventional means, like chronic low back pain, for instance. Plus, yoga poses have cool sounding names, such as the Cobra and the Supported Warrior.

The Cobra is beneficial precisely for back pain; it entails lying face down, resting your forehead on the floor, placing your hands next to either side of the middle of the ribcage drawing your legs together, and pressing the tops of your feet into the floor.Reach back through your toes, lengthening your legs, and press evenly through your hands while drawing your elbows close to the ribcage. Lift your head and chest with your back and not your arms, sliding your shoulder blades down back. Take 5-10 deep breaths before gently releasing to the floor, turning your head to one side.

The Supported Warrior is good for knee pain; standing tall, put your hands against a wall at the level of your shoulder. Touch the wall with the toes of your right foot and bend your elbows like you’re pushing the away at the wall. Bend your left knee toward floor so that your left foot is 1’-3’ behind you. Hold position for 10-15 breaths. Straighten your left leg as you bend your right knee, making sure your knee does not extend beyond your ankle. Hold position for 10-15 breaths before switching leg positions.

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The Supported Warrior is good for knee pain; standing tall, put your hands against a wall at the level of your shoulder. Touch the wall with the toes of your right foot and bend your elbows like you’re pushing the away at the wall. Bend your left knee toward floor so that your left foot is 1’-3’ behind you. Hold position for 10-15 breaths. Straighten your left leg as you bend your right knee, making sure your knee does not extend beyond your ankle. Hold position for 10-15 breaths before switching leg positions.

Shoulder pain may be relieved with the Standing Yoga Mudra. You’ll need to hold a strap in one hand for this one, as you stand tall, feet hip-width apart. Sweeping both arms behind your back, pull your shoulders in to grab the strap with both hands. Create an opening in your chest by walking your hands towards one another, as your shoulder blades draw towards each other. Breathe while you increase or decrease tension, allowing your shoulders to adjust.

There is a plethora of other yoga positions that can also help to relieve pain caused by conditions as diverse as arthritis and migraine headaches. This is achieved through, it is believed, relaxation, endorphin release, and swelling reduction. There are also many resources available, including teachers, DVD’s and books, and it doesn’t hurt to try, so why not give it a shot? You might surprise yourself.

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