Yoga is a practice that takes time to learn. You can’t speed it up, you can only practice and build skills that will help things unfold as the mind-body receive the re-education from tension and holding patterns to release, increased range of motion, comfort, relaxation. Sometimes a holding pattern becomes chronic and that is where you really need a gradual approach which is always different for each person. As you can see from the photo, there is more to the hand than meets the eye – I did a video clip you might want to check out. If your practice is not balanced (we tend to over-do) then you are not getting all the benefits, many of which are derived from the restoratives and other components.
Yoga is pretty popular here but I have noticed its use as fitness and cardio based exercise. Physical practice of yoga is movement, so you need to know that a potential for injury is still present. I support any teaching that has a positive impact on the students. But once in a while, I get an a new student who asks about an injury. These injuries are usually a result of one of the following:
- Overuse (repetitive stress syndrome)
- Overloading a particular area (an underused tissue)
Because of my background I do my best to offer yoga as the therapy to the yoga injury. I try to give precise directions and help you find the pose from the inside of your body rather than expecting one cue to cover the masses. If you are recovering from an injury or just wanting to avoid an injury, join me or I am available for a private yoga class here in Bergen County.