Due to the undeniable positive results of practicing yoga, this 5,000-year-old holistic practice has become mainstream with close to 23 million practitioners in the U.S. alone. Of the current non-practitioners, 44.4 percent call themselves “aspirational yogis”— people who are interested in trying yoga. Thirty percent of practitioners are males.
Yoga is no longer just for the fit and flexible; not just for women who have lots of time on their hands, not just for the rich and famous. Still many misconceptions remain and the purpose of this column is to address some of the misconceptions.
Injuries, limitations, surgery and more
Some of the most common complaints are herniated disc, limited movement in the joints, frozen shoulder, chronic pain, arthritis and aftermath of having undergone surgery. It is important, in these cases, to choose the class carefully. A class that focuses more on therapy and less on poses is a better fit. Or you may consider doing individual yoga therapy with a teacher trained in yoga therapy and make it part of the recovery process. Yoga therapy will help you regain movement and prevent future injuries.
Not all yoga is the same. You may have to take more than one class to find the right fit for you. Don’t let a bad experience keep you away from something that could hold the key to your recovery and healing.
I can’t bend; I am inflexible
The truth is that most of us are inflexible until we do yoga. It is precisely the reason why you should. Do not mistake the end for the means. Flexibility is the end result of doing Yoga.
Imagine being able to reach for something without pulling a muscle, bend down to pick up something without injuring your back, lifting your child or something heavy with ease. These are the results of doing yoga. Continue reading >>