Posture, balance and body alignment through yoga. The yoga poses are meant to train the body to be healthy and supple. Consistent practice and application will result in improved posture, and an increased sense of balance, with head, shoulders and pelvis in proper alignment. Additionally, unlike many other forms of exercise, yoga helps stretch and strengthens both sides of the body equally. Of utmost importance when using yoga to treat back pain is finding suitable instruction. First you need to find a school that teaches the right kind of yoga. Many yoga schools in the west teach a dynamic or flowing form of yoga known as Vinyasa. The constant movement of this type of yoga means that you enter and exit poses very quickly which is not really suitable for the lower back pain sufferer. Ashtanga, Power yoga, Viniyoga and Bikram yoga are all types of flowing Vinyasa yoga and may not be suitable for the effective treatment of back pain. Yoga practice provides time and mental space for you to develop intuition and understanding about your body.
Stretching is usually overlooked as a beneficial aspect of exercising. Stretching plays a very important role in keeping the muscles supple and safe from any injury. This is the reason why stretching is an important aspect of warming up before an exercise regimen and cooling down after it. An ideal routine should do a workout of each of the major muscle groups. A flexibility regimen need not take much time. Five to ten minutes daily is enough. The exercises should be done three to five times a week and can help you to get rid of your stress. If you do a few minutes of stretches everyday, you can get rid of the stress that plagues you and focus on your activity. Flexibility is useful for preventing injury as well as in treatment of injury. When done in a proper manner, stretching reduces the risk of injury and also increases the flexibility of the body. When muscle tendons are used actively, they have less of wear and tear in them. Stretching also improves recovery and is known to improve athletic performance.
Nutritional supplements and flexibility are integrally related, the former helping in enhancing the latter. The person doing flexibility exercises should have the right supplements. The right vitamins and minerals provide the right building blocks for developing suppleness, and increasing flexibility of the body. Original MSM or Methylsulfonyl methane is a kind of organic sulfur that is found naturally and helps in reduction of inflammation and gives relief from pain and allergies, and develop healthy cells, skins, nails, and hair. MSM is one of the richest sources of sulfur in nature. Sulfur aids in increasing flexibility. The MSM should not be confused with sulfa-based drugs that are known to have caused allergic and other reactions on the body if consumed. The sulfates, sulfites, or sulfur-based drugs are synthetic while MSM is not. The consuming of vegetable and fruits are known to improve flexibility greatly. In this way, nutritional supplements and flexibility go hand in hand.
So which one do you think is better? Flexibility can be well defined as the ability of the joints or body parts to move around a full range of motion. Flexibility plays an important role in our lives as we require it in our daily activities like bending etc. It helps in keeping our muscles mobile. Flexibility however decreases with age and so it is very important to include flexibility exercises in your daily workout program. It should be well understood that flexibility and stretching are two different things. Stretching is used to improve flexibility and only a flexible body can stretch to great extents. Flexibility can be obtained by ways like flexibility exercises or yoga stretching exercises. Exercises like stretching help in achieving flexibility, but most of the exercises as we all know include jerks and rapid movements which can sometimes cause tension, fatigue and damage to the tissues, joints etc. the chances of muscle soreness and injuries is also more. Stretching exercises do not contain any jerky movements but consist of very gradual movements.
Strength and stretch classes help in learning the basic concepts of muscle contraction. Many people use stretching as a warm up exercise or also for cool down. But, for serious practitioners, it is a complete workout in itself. For the aid of such people, there are strength and stretch classes. These classes prove beneficial in reducing stress, improving posture, strengthening the muscles. They also help in improving the flexibility of the body thus enhancing the range of motion of all body parts. They also help in increasing the core strength body and also work towards mental balance. Strength and stretch classes basically include pre-yoga stretches and a few yoga poses. Light weight training and complex stretching may be included later. Normally these are started with low intensity and gradually the intensity may be increased i.e. the stretch complexity, the time each stretch is held increases. A regular stretch and strength exercise not only strengthens the muscles but also helps in healing of the troubled muscles.
Anyone who decides to become a Yoga teacher gives quite a bit back to the local or world community, through selfless service. In fact, giving is very rewarding when you have the ability, or the time, to contribute to a student's well-being or give to a worthy cause. You can be so caught up in other peoples' lives that you tend to forget about your own well-being. From the outside, looking in, Yoga teachers might appear self-absorbed. The student, who becomes a teacher of Yoga, has taken the practice to a different level; and sometimes, places physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual development, on the "back burner." It is important to stop, "smell the flowers, " and take time for self-reflection, once in awhile. It is difficult to "pull your head out of the books." Many Yoga teachers are researching, finding solutions for their students, or reading scriptures. These are valuable contributions, but we must also find balance in our lives. After all, we talk to our students about the importance of balancing physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual health.
Yoga plays an effective role in managing several stress related disorders and ailments. It is effective for all conditions that are the result of lack of exercise and a sedentary life style. Yoga is a special domain of action that does not clash with other treatment of disorders and is well suited to deal with back pain. You should practice techniques of yoga for back pain regularly, and low-impact exercises like walking, swimming a day can enhance muscle strength and flexibility. Yoga for back pain helps in enlarging and strengthening muscles and also improves postures. Many who suffer from lower back pain have heard or read that strong abdominals are the key to pain relief. It is true that the abdominals are important support muscles for the lower back, especially for problems like arthritis and swayback. Many of the postures in yoga for back pain gently strengthen and stretch the back muscles, which will help to lengthen the spine and create more space for the discs between your vertebrae.
As you exhale pull both kneecaps up tight - not back and drop the right hip. This seems quite simple to do and does work quite deep around the hips and helps with back pain. Then change legs. To take it the next level this time after you have 'dropped' your hip as you exhale arch your back reaching your hands towards your feet and begin to place your torso on your raised leg. Now for some this may not be easy as there are different sorts of back pain that's ok, for those, as you exhale instead of reaching for your feet reach for either your knee, shin, ankle and find your 'comfort' level. Remember to aim to keep your body square and level, use your breath as a guide to see how you are doing. (If your breath is ragged your working too hard). The pose needs to be 'agreeably uncomfortable'. With the breath and posture under your control, (not the ego's) start to refine the posture. After regular exercise your back/legs would have stretched accordingly and in line helping you with your back pain.
If you are a student of yoga sutra already no doubt you are already experiencing the many benefits of this spiritual exercise regime. Becoming a teacher has many benefits including being paid to do the classes that you already love, earning a great living from it, and passing on the many benefits of yoga to people in your local area. There is really no limit to the kind of career that you can have as an instructor. It is all greatly dependent on the kind of course that you choose to become educated as a trainer. Before I discuss course criteria I need to emphasize why registration is no longer enough as a teacher. There are serious legal implications with just being registered. It doesn't give you the sort of legal protection that you must have as an instructor. Also it makes it difficult to obtain liability insurance. There are some employers who won't even hire you unless you are appropriately certified. Now there are a number of options available to you. I will discuss with you the pros and cons of each of these.
Have you ever wondered what studio owners are evaluating, when they hire a Yoga instructor? What can you expect at an interview for a Yoga teaching position? Let's look into the minds of Yoga studio owners, to get a better idea of which qualities they seek in teachers, before hiring them. One of the first aspects to consider is the type of Yoga teaching position available. For example: If an advertisement states that a Yoga studio is seeking a prenatal Yoga teacher, an instructor, without prenatal experience, is wasting his or her time. There are too many safety concerns, liability restrictions, and required certification issues for a "general practitioner" to walk in, and train, pregnant students. On top of this, the students are, most likely, in different trimesters. Finding your teaching niche is a matter of matching your skills, training, and certification, to the specific needs of the prospective Yoga studio. In general, it is wise to send out resumes, with a cover letter, to prospective Yoga studios in your area.