By Michael Gleason What should teachers and students know about Yoga after a knee replacement? Making the time to exercise, as well as being present, in our fast-paced culture can prove challenging. And sometimes we get lucky and have a good exercise routine supplemented with the right mix of yoga and meditation down to a [...]
The National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health, a part of the US Department of Health and Human Sciences, states that research studies have showcased that yoga can be beneficial for people with low-back pain. In 2009, the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM), again a part of the US Department of Health and Human Sciences, funded research activities to examine the impact of Iyengar yoga, a form of Hatha yoga, on chronic low-back pain. Research studies revealed that yoga reduced functional disability, depression, as well as pain in people (research participants) suffering from chronic low-back pain.
Yoga poses align the body and improve balance. Because yoga allows the use of props, people with disabilities or physical ailments can perform poses that otherwise would be impossible. Yoga instructors familiar with the proper use of props are able to individualize the various routines to fit each person's age and condition.
Practicing yoga asana regularly helps people gain a level of fitness unlike anything before and achieve mental serenity. Many people who practice yoga don’t even realize the positive benefits that happen underneath their muscles in the skeletal frame. Yoga is known for to having more positive impact on joint function as certain yoga poses strengthen the muscles by releasing fluids throughout the body. Here are some ways for anyone to practice yoga to improve their joint health and their overall skeletal alignment.
As a teacher, you should have learned this during your foundational 200-hour yoga certification course, but most students know very little about spinal or skeletal health, unless they have experienced chronic joint pain. Let's go over the basics, just in case you want to have a short workshop for your students to have a deeper understanding of why and how they are feeling better after a class at your yoga school.