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Frequently Asked Questions for Practicing Yoga

Can I take this course if I’ve had a foot injury?2017-02-02T19:43:54-05:00

Every case and every individual’s situation is unique, so we can’t provide a general answer for everyone. For information purposes, below you can find an actual request from someone and our response.

(Q): I had an accident when I was younger and my foot is out of shape and there are some stretches in Yoga that I can not do because my foot is not strong enough. Will this affect my Yoga Training?

(A): Yes, your foot will affect your Yoga training, but with the right Yoga Teacher and medical care, you will be able to work around it.

Podiatric medicine is so diversified and foot ailments come in so many different varieties, that it would be hard for me to give you any specific Yoga advice without more information.

Lastly, tell your doctor you are taking Yoga classes. Your doctor may even know of a helpful Yoga instructor in your area.

Yoga training is much more than Asanas. Asanas are valuable, but they are just a part of Yoga. With modifications to your postures, you should do the best you can, be the best you can be, and see many improvements.

When you find a local Yoga Teacher who has this perspective, you will be in good hands.

Important Note About Health Related Questions

*The advice given is that of a Yoga Teacher. Always consult with your physician for a professional opinion.

Can I safely perform Yoga if I am suffering from disc herniatiion or scoliosis?2017-02-02T19:43:54-05:00

Every case and every individual’s situation is unique, so we can’t provide a general answer for everyone. For information purposes, below you can find an actual request from someone and our response.

(Q): My wife is suffering from disc herniation and this pain has caused 15 degree scoliosis. Some doctors has recommended surgery, but physiotherapists do not recommend it and they say just exercise will improve it. She is doing her exercises for 2 months but no improvement is observed. I would appreciate if you help me in this matter.

(A): Thank you for your inquiry. Please understand that my opinion is that of a Yoga Teacher and I have no medical degree. That said – I understand both opinions and both sides of the issue. Sometimes surgery is the only option left, but alternative methods, such as chiropractic medicine and Yoga therapy also have a proven “track record.”

In order to see if this situation can be corrected without surgery or further pain to your wife, you may want to locate a physiotherapist or chiropractic doctor with a Yoga teaching background. This would be someone with a medical background, who specializes realigning the spine, and teaches Yoga.

Since your wife has been in therapy for two months, with no change for the better. It would seem her present exercise routine is not sufficient. It is still possible for her to get relief without surgery.

Another possibility is a Yoga therapist. Yoga therapy improves the quality of life for many people with back problems and Scoliosis, but you need a therapist who will get you results.

Lastly, when it comes to the spine and back pain, there are no guarantees — even with surgery. That is why surgery is your last resort.

Important Note About Health Related Questions

*The advice given is that of a Yoga Teacher. Always consult with your physician for a professional opinion.

Can you name any benefits from practicing Yoga or taking a Yoga class?2017-02-02T19:43:54-05:00

Yes, below are “Eleven Benefits You Should Know Before Enrolling in a Yoga Class.”Yoga is a combination of exercise, breathing techniques, and meditation. It has been practiced in Eastern cultures for about 5,000 years and has recently been popularized in Western society. The word Yoga means “union” – as in joining the mind and body into a single harmonious unit. The purpose of Yoga is to create strength, awareness, and harmony in both the mind and body.More than one hundred different types, or schools of Yoga, exist; most sessions are typically composed of breathing exercises, meditation, and Yoga postures (sometimes called asanas) that stretch, flex, and tone various muscle groups.According to the National Center of Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM), relaxation techniques, such as those found in Yoga, can:

  • Lessen chronic pain, such as lower back pain, arthritis, headaches, and carpal tunnel syndrome
  • Lower blood pressure
  • Lower heart rate
  • Lower breathing rate
  • Reduce insomnia

Many Yoga practitioners also generally report:

  • Higher levels of energy
  • Decreased levels of stress and anxiety
  • Increased feelings of general well-being

There are so many kinds of Yoga practices, people with movement restrictions or other physical challenges can find a type of Yoga or a Yoga Teacher that meets their needs and abilities.

  • Increasing flexibility – Yoga has postures that act upon the various joints of the body including those joints that are never really exercised.
  • Increasing Lubrication of the Joints, ligaments and tendons – The well-researched Yoga postures, exercise connective tissue throughout the body.

It has been found that the body, which may have been stiff, starts experiencing “new found” flexibility, even in those parts which have not been consciously worked. How can Yoga classes make this possible? It is here that the research behind Yoga postures and steady practice proves its worth. Seemingly unrelated and “non strenuous” Yoga postures act upon many different parts of the body in an interrelated manner. When a sequence of Yoga postures is practiced, they work in harmony to create enhanced flexibility.

  • Massaging of ALL organs of the body – Yoga is possibly the only form of activity which massages all the internal glands and organs of the body in a thorough manner, including those – such as the prostate  — that hardly get externally stimulated during our entire lifetime. Yoga acts in a wholesome manner on the various body parts. This stimulation and massage of the internal organs, benefits all of us by preventing disease and providing an “early warning system” at the first possible instance of a likely onset of disease or disorder.

One of the far-reaching benefits of Yoga practice is the sense of inner awareness, that is develops within the practitioner, of an impending health disorder. This in turn enables the Yoga student to take preemptive action.

  • Complete Detoxification – By gently stretching muscles and joints, as well as, massaging the various organs, Yoga ensures the optimum blood supply to various parts of the body. This helps in flushing toxins out of every part of the body, as well as, providing nourishment. This leads to benefits such as delayed aging, energy and a remarkable zest for life.
  • Excellent Toning of the Muscles – Muscles that have become flaccid, weak or lazy, are stimulated repeatedly to shed excess body fat.

Harness the power of Yoga and gain the 3-fold advantage of reducing stress for life, inner happiness, and complete fitness.

All of these enormous benefits of Yoga are just a “side effect” of this powerful practice. What Yoga does is harmonize the mind with the body and this — results in real quantum benefits. It is now known that the will of the mind has enabled people to achieve extraordinary physical feats; which proves, beyond doubt, the mind and body connection.Yoga through meditation works remarkably to achieve this harmony and helps the mind work in sync with the body.

How often do we find that we are unable to perform our activities properly and in a satisfying manner because of the confusions and conflicts in our mind weigh down heavily upon us? Moreover, stress which in reality is the #1 killer affecting all parts of our physical, endocrine, and emotional systems, can be corrected through the practice of Yoga meditation and Yoga postures. The meditative practices of Yoga help in achieving an emotional balance through detachment.

What this means is that meditation during Yoga practice creates conditions, where you are less affected by the happenings around you.This in turn creates a remarkable calmness and a positive outlook, which also has tremendous benefits on the physical health of the body.These are just some of t