All posts tagged: yoga and pain

Mindful Focus of the Week

Last week, the focus for Mindful Yoga was “the organs.”  We learned to support asana using the internal structures of the body and acknowledge our organs for all that they do.  This week, our focus is the sacral center (2nd Chakra).  I always pick a focus based on what I am working on in my personal practice and recently, for the first time in years, I managed to aggravate my sciatic nerve.  It’s hard to say how I did it—-Demonstrating a reverse triangle when I wasn’t warmed up?  Carrying a heavy messenger bag on one shoulder?  Sitting with my legs crossed for too long?  Good news is that it doesn’t matter how it happened, only that it’s over now and the experience provided inspiration to give some juicy love to the sacrum this week. The sacral area is associated with creativity and when we create and acknowledge sensation here we are filled with optimism, passion and direction.  Life is vibrant! If you can’t make it to Mindful Flow on Tuesday night at Yoga Matrika in …

Yoga Therapy for your Lower Body

There is still room in this healing workshop with Elsie Escobar on Friday night, October 30th.  Elsie will teach you yoga techniques for bringing the lower body into alignment and soothing any pain that you might have in your back, hips, knees, ankles or feet through gentle movement and stretching. Please pre-register for the limited spaces that are still available by calling Sharon at Yoga Matrika (412) 855-5692. Anusara Therapeutics: The Lower Body Friday, October 30 from 6:00-8:00 pm Facilitated by Elsie Escobar Treat your back, hips, knees and ankles to a mini-retreat! $25 pre-register/$35 at the door   Here is a link to a blog entry that talks about the power of Anusara Therapeutics:  http://yogaforgeeks.com/blog/sarahfelicity/tips-and-tricks-from-an-anusara-therapeutics-workshop Here is a link to Elsie’s fabulous online Kula: http://elsiesyogakula.com/

Pain and Yoga

In Leboyer’s classic book of yoga for pregnant women, Inner Beauty, Inner Light, he includes an interesting analysis of how pain during practice should be treated.  Pregnant or not, this analysis applies to all yoga practitioners and provides a way of thinking about pain that is respectful and safe. “Pain is nothing but a message, an alarm bell.  What will you do when the alarm bell starts ringing?  Will you sit there?  Will you say: ‘This bell is terrible.  But one has to be courageous, to endure.’  Will you not rather go and see why it is ringing?”  (page 49) Yoga practice is a process of never ending discovery.  Each time that we move our bodies into an asana, it will feel different, look different and act different.  It is this mindful practice on our mat that provides us with a map for understanding our reactions, thoughts and way of moving through the world off the mat.  Yoga practice should not be painful or cause injury.  Our practice should provide us with experiences that inform …