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Yoga For Chronic Pain

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  More and more doctors are starting to precribe Yoga for Chronic pain.  However,  most people  think that yoga can help because you are moving your body, and whereever the pain is located you might be able to bring relief to that area through gentle movement. But the underlying reasons, the less obvious reasons why yoga helps is because of neuroscience.  And these reasons may not be immediately obvious.  I recently listened to Dr. Rangan Chatterjee interview Dr. Harold Schubiner for his podcast Feel Better Live More podcast.   They were talking about chronic pain. No evidence of Chronic Pain  If you take a random group of healthy 30 year olds, and do an MRI scan, and these are people with no pain at all , 40% of them will show to have degenerative disc disease in their spine.  30% will have bulging discs. These are 30 year olds and none of them have pain.   These are normal findings that occur with aging.   And what happens when you are 50?  At 50 years old, 80% of people have deg

How can I keep my joints healthy?

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How can I keep my joints healthy? When it comes to healthy joints, there are a few key things you can do to help promote mobility and reduce the risk of arthritis. One of the most important things you can do is exercise regularly. Many doctors will have different ideas, medications, supplements they recommend, and there is a wide variety of treatment plans they offer.   The one consistent thing that doctors all agree on to ensure that your joints stay healthy is to prescribe regular exercise.  Staying mobile and flexible is to participate in a variety of movements that target different parts of your body.  Yoga is key for this.  But not just any type of yoga, a lot of yoga, especially if it is taught by young teachers who have little experience of an older population, is taught in a way that might be too painful or dangerous for older people who suffer from arthritis.  Unfortunately, this is why many people who could greatly benefit from yoga tend to avoid it.  There are many knee arth

How To Safely Bend Forward In Yoga To Avoid Injury to the Spine

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  Sometimes health care professionals tell people to avoid doing yoga, or at least doing forward bends or forward flexions of the spine. But there are ways how to safely bend forward in yoga to avoid injury to the spine and not risk further degeneration of an already fragile spine.  Indeed in some cases, yoga is the best and only safe way to overcome fragility and build strength and regain lost mobility and more functionality of the spine.   This can be achieved with care, awareness and consistent practice.    Function of the Spine  The spine is a series of interconnected bones that run from the base of your skull to the tips of your toes. It is desgined to move your body in all directions, forward bends, backward motion, twists and turns.  The spine supports your head, neck, and back. When you lengthen your spine, it gives you more flexibility and range of motion in your joints.  Let's first ask, What is the natural health of a spine? How does it move? When we think of the n

How Yoga Can Improve Your Foot Health

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Many people are having issues with their feet from standing, and it seems to be becoming a growing problem in today's world. Orthopedic doctors, Podiatrists, physical therapists and chiropractors will all give different opinions on techniques or practices that can be very helpful. And another source of information if you have foot problems, is to explore an ancient tradition of health - Yoga - for solutions and approaches. Yoga is a centuries-old practice that has been proven to improve foot health and alleviate symptoms of standing. If you're looking to increase your foot health, yoga should definitely be on your list of options. When we practice yoga, we take a holistic approach to the body and its systems. One of these systems are the feet and ankles, which take a lot of the strain when standing for a long time. When someone comes to me and tells me they are having feet issues, and perhaps they stand all day, I also ask  if they have had an injury, surgery, or a heredit

10 Tips To Find The Right Yoga Teacher For You

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  Whatever stage of yoga you are at:   never tried yoga before, or used to practice but stopped, or even a seasoned yoga practioner, we all need a good yoga teacher. I'm really aware that not everyone who tries a class with me will enjoy my style, or my methods.  Not everyone wants a class that has an emphasis on biomechanical health, on calming the nervous system and rejuvenating the joints.    Not everyone will like my voice, my British accent.  And just like in life, some people are your people and others are not.  Thank goodness for that!  Otherwise life would be so boring.  H ere are a few things to keep in mind when looking for a teacher.   10 Tips To Find The Right Yoga Teacher For You When looking for a yoga teacher, it is important to consider your level of experience and skill. If you are just starting out, it may be helpful to seek out a yoga teacher who is beginner-friendly however, a really good teacher,  with more experience,  should be able to provide a class tha

5 Ways To Fix Stiff Hips Naturally

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  The problem with hip stiffness, is that when we focus only on one particular joint, we are in danger of falling into a reductionist mindset.  To only look at that issue as if it was the start and the end of the problem. This is how our  medical system tends to view things.  However, that said, here are  5 ways you can fix stiff hips naturally   If you have a stiff hip, and it's painful, you could treat it with a joint pain cream or ointment. If you have a stiff hip, and it feels better after walking, you should walk more.  If you have a stiff hip and it feels worse after driving or sitting, you could try putting your legs up the wall after you drive or sit for long periods of time.  Some people find supplements that help relax muscles, such as magnesium or ashwagandha helpful when it comes to hip stiffness.  If you have a stiff hip, and it feels locked, you could treat it with a yoga hip flexor exercise (keep on reading for the pelvic pump).  And what we need to be very carefu

Earth Day: How To Celebrate with Yoga

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4 simple yoga moves for Earth Day Earth day 2022 is Friday 22nd April.  Earth Day is a global initiative It was created to promote environmental awareness and to celebrate the natural environment. It was first celebrated on April 22, 1970. Earth Day is celebrated annually with events around the world. As the world faces more and more climate change issues and challenges,  yoga is able to give great benefit for the Earth.  Yoga is Ecological Many people don't think of yoga as particularly ecological, however I believe it is a fundamental practice we need for tacking these pressing environmental challenges that we currently face on Earth.   Yoga helps people to be more mindful of their bodies and their surroundings. Because we are approaching and practicing in a mindful way, yoga increases awareness of the breath, movements, and postures. With increased awareness there is more consciousness.  More consciousness is needed now more than ever for every single person, to ask themselves