I am a yoga teacher in the UK & not very long ago had spinal surgery (posterior lumbar interbody fusion at 2 levels). My yoga classes re-start next week & I have been struggling physically & emotionally to get my head around my lesson planning and my current abilities. Thank you Yoga Journal. Your articles 'Yoga Does Every Body Good'; 'Practice of a Lifetime'; 'Aging Gracefully' and 'Forever Young' have given me a well deserved talking to about the true philosophy of yoga.
To my surprise, I've been diagnosed with a hiatal hernia and Barrett's Esophagus. I love yoga and have always been active. Is there a way to heal the hernia or at the very least continue my yoga practice besides doing only poses upright?
I have low blood pressure, what are some of the asanas I should avoid? I found a lot information for high blood pressure but very little for low blood pressure.
Natasha Salmon Cogno
I teach yoga to seniors with disabilities and I have seen miracles. People that could not walk, are able to stand on their own. People that had limited ROM have a flexibility of 360 degrees. People that could not get to the toilet are now able to sit down and get up. They have grown one or two inches due to the improvement in their posture. Yoga, Yoga, Yoga. It's all yoga. But, the most important benefit of teaching them is that they became my teachers. I know yoga from experience. It doesn't matter how many certifications you have (I have two. I'am a personal trainer and a yoga intructor), but none of that schooling could survive without experience. You have to live yoga
I've been practicing yoga since I was 13, and I've always loved it. I find myself constantly telling my friends that they don't have to be athletes to practice with me, and to not find my intermediate level to be intimidating! Yoga is customizable!
I practice Yoga since 5 years. In March 09 I was diagnosed with a slightly hyper Thyroid, along with high blood pressure. I didnt take any med's, instead I went to a Homeopath and he gave me some 'natural medicine' - I also increased my Yoga practice (did Yoga every day, even if it was only for 15 or 20 min) and used breathing and meditation to 'calm my mind' when I felt a 'thyroidattac' - as I named it - coming on.I had new lab's done in May 09 - thanks to Yoga and the Homeopatic medicine my Blood results came out "normal"...
Yoga is 'healing'
Ah yes I can relate to much of this article. 60 years of age and I am in my 3rd year of yoga practice. Started out doing 1 day a week at my local studio and quickly bumped it up to 2. This year I added a 3rd day and was progressing nicely, I thought.
Then I took a fall down some outside steps, went down the whole flight like a fish down a ladder. Came out of it with an injured shoulder and had to modify my practice quite a bit. No down dog, no plank, no raising the arm in triangle pose, no cobra, nothing that would stress the right arm at all.
At first I thought I was washed up as a yogi and I did suspend practice for a couple of weeks. But instead of becoming depressed I did what I could at home which was mostly bends and twists.
Things are slow to heal at 60 but I am able to do much more than I could weeks ago. I cultivated the attitude of being thankful for the slightest improvement and took to heart the admonition that there is no such thing as wasted effort.
So here I am back in class but doing modified poses. It will be a while before all is well but yoga itself seems to help the healing process. Breathing and drawing prana into that shoulder, its a matter of faith indeed but I have much testimony from many as to the holistic healing power of yogasana.
I WILL BE 56 ON 4-13-09, I STARTED MARTIAL ARTS IN FEB OF 2008, I HAVE HYPOTHROIDISM WHICH HAS EXTREME NEG. EFFECTS ON ME MENTALY, PHYSICALLY, EMOTIONALY, ETC. I TOOK MARTIAL ARTS BECAUSE I HEARD THAT IT WOULD HELP ME STAY FOCUS BECAUSE THERES DAYS I FEEL LIKE A GENIUS THEN THERES DAYS I FEEL LIKE I'M ON THE LEVEL OF A THIRD GRADER . I'M ON MED'S BUT THERE IS STILL A LOT OF BAD DAY'S. I HAVE DECIDED TO START PRACTISING YOGA, ANY SUGGESTIONS. PS. THIS IS THE FIRST SITE I HAVE VISITED. SOUNDS LIKE A GOOD ONE.
Yoga has been incredibly liberating for me, I suffer from Fibromyalgia, Chronic Myofascial Pain, RA, OA and M.E.
I feel "whole" and so light in my body after my practice, and I do it at my own pace adapting poses where needed. This article is very encouraging for people who may have special health concerns and think that they cannot enjoy a yoga practice. I hope it encourages them to give yoga a try. It has been a joy for me! Thank you.
Yoga has proven incredibly effective in treating many health problems....It's underrated really. Being an avid yoga girl, I was delighted to find this:
looks like we're not the only ones who know just how beneficial yoga can be :)