How to practice yoga without pain or injury

How to practice yoga without pain or injury
(SOURCE-NY Daily News) Wednesday, January 25, 2012


Yoga is touted for keeping you flexible and centered, but a recent New York Times article warns otherwise: all that extreme bending could cause some serious injuries in even fit and healthy people, including damaging your hip joints, nerves, knees, and back.
In response to the article, health website MyHealthNewsDaily published a tip sheet last week on how to avoid needless injuries the next time you unroll your yoga mat.
When it comes to forward bending, Uttanasana or other postures can spell trouble if you suffer from osteoporosis. Dr. Loren Fishman, a New York City physician who is also a yoga instructor, told MyHealthNewsDaily that those with the disease could “fracture their spines by bending forward, and those with herniated disks may suffer pain from these stretches.”
Backbends can also serve up trouble for some. If you have a herniated disk, Fishman greenlights yoga, saying it is “a known physical therapy technique.” However, if you have spinal stenosis, a narrowing of the spinal column that causes pressure on the spinal cord, backbends can exacerbate the condition.
Also, while standing on your head seems to be the path to yogic enlightenment, inversions aren’t for everyone. “The advantages of any inverted pose are terrific,” Fishman said, including strengthening “the diaphragm, helping people with asthma, emphysema and bronchitis, and bring blood to the upper lung fields, places that are under-infused with blood.” But if you have neck or back problems, glaucoma, or cerebrovascular problems, avoid headstands. And those with neck problems, herniated disks, or bad arthritis should skip shoulder stands, Fishman said.
Twisting poses can “stretch the back and hips, massage the abdominal organs, and increase blood flow to the spine,” notes MyHealthNews. But skip the twists if you’ve had hip replacement operations. However, contrary to common thought, Fishman believes that those with osteoporosis can twist without complications or harm.
Also, yoga in heated rooms, such as Bikram yoga, boasts health and fat-burning benefits, but clearly this strenuous style isn’t for everyone, especially for people with serious health problems. For instance, people with multiple sclerosis (MS) should avoid it altogether because heat can worsen the condition, warns Fishman. A safer yogic option? Try Iyengar yoga, as it focuses on alignment and avoiding injury through the use of supportive props.
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One Person’s Experience With Yoga

How has Yoga Improved the Life of MS Patients

Here's a video that can answer the question

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Some Uses for Adaptive Yoga- Two Videos

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I’ve had a chance to review these two videos relating to MS and Parkinson’s and I wanted to share them with this audience.

They are from the Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation at www.christopherreeve.org/ and I would encourage you to check out that website  for more information on adaptive yoga.

Mind Body solutions – Joe Dailey exercising

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An Interview with KevinBjorklund- Yoga For Your Health

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Oldest Yoga Teacher at Age 91

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Article 91 old lady yoga

“BERNICE Bates is 91 years old, and she’s more flexible than people a third of her age.
Guinness World Records recently awarded her the title of Oldest Yoga Teacher.
While there might be other, older yogis, Ms Bates completed the lengthy documentation process required by Guinness. Her daughter nominated her earlier this year.
Ms Bates first began practicing yoga 50 years ago, after she saw it on a television program. These days, the great-grandmother teaches once a week at the community centre of her Florida retirement village.
Her students are usually a decade or two younger than she is.
Ms Bates believes in gentle yoga: no sweaty, strenuous or competitive stretching in her classes.
“You may not do it perfect, but there’s no perfect person,” she said.

Source: HERALD SUN-12/27/11 Melbourne, AUS from correspondents in Pinellas Park-By TAMARA LUSH, Associated Press, December 23, 2011 7:01AM.


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Stress Reduction

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We all want to reduce stress in ours lives. And having MS makes that a lot more difficult.

Here’s a short article on stress reduction and how yoga can be of assistance in reducing stress: Helpful Tips People Should Know About Stress

Do you really know how to deal with stress and prevent it from conquering your lifestyle? There are many things that stress can do to you mentally, and the best way to fight the battle against stress is to get as informed as possible. You can use the advice in this article to learn better stress management for a healthier mind.

Yoga

A great tip that can help you fight stress is to start practicing yoga.  There are many varieties of yoga and they each have their own benefit.  Most importantly you’ll be able to think more clearly.  Keep your stress levels down by doing a little bit of yoga each day.

If you want a great way to handle stress, try some yoga. Yoga brings together your mind and body into a state of peacefulness. In yoga, your mind is emptied of extraneous thoughts and the focus is on your body. The yoga positions encourage flexibility in your muscles. All of this works together to bring calmness to your whole person.

One way to deal with stress is to take up yoga as a regular activity.  This can be helpful because yoga combines fitness with meditation – both of which are ideal ways to cleanse your body of stress.  Consider either getting a book or a video to help you with your yoga technique.

Exercise to relieve stress. If you find that you are under stress from your job or personal situation, regular exercise can help you feel better. Adaptive yoga techniques can exercise muscles and provide the muscle stimulation we all need.

If you use the stress relief tips of this article, you could find that balance that keeps stress at bay in your life. You don’t want to let stress conquer you and create havoc in your lifestyle, causing issues that are more difficult to deal with. Make sure you get the information you need and use it wisely to prevent the stronghold of stress.

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