Remedial Yoga

Remedial Yoga

SStudents’ issues will largely guide the content of the class.tudents’ issues will largelide If you are interested in learning more about the therapeutic effects of  yoga, I run workshops throughout the year that address some common issues. 

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Next workshop: Saturday 12th December at The Progress Hall, Mission Beach

8.30am – 11.00am

Essential for Pranayama ~ a look at the diaphragm

Yoga Workshops

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The Diaphragm:

The Diaphragm is the main muscle used in breathing.  It relates to the solar plexus. Although it is a physical organ it has tremendous bearing on our mental state. If the diaphragm loses its freedom the navel gets cramps. When there is sorrow or fear the diaphragm hardens and breathing is heavy.  

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The diaphragm also affects our nervous system – It hardens when stressed but it also opens and stretches in times of happiness, such as seeing a beautiful sunset or meeting an old friend.  The more tension you have the more the diaphragms closes and hardens. If the diaphrgam spreads it can take any load, whether emotional, physical or intellectual. If it shortens it has no room. 

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Everything affects the diaphragm first.  BKS Iyengar

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In yoga we learn to release and to develop elasticity of the diaphragm through asana practice and pranayama.     

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Moving the Hips :

The hip joints control the direction, speed and quality of the movement of the legs. They act together with the groins. When the hips are stiff, the groins are hard and the lower back becomes rigid. 

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Learning to move the hips and the legs in various directions is accomplished through the standing, seated and supine poses.   

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Healing Back Pain

Your whole body affects your back. The mechanical function of your spine affects and is affected by alignment, flexibility and strength of many parts of your body.

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Approach to back rehabilitation: i) Access posture, strength and flexibility. ii) Learn relaxation techniques, iii) become sensitive to correct movements to prevent pain. iv) Reverse destructive cycles of pain and poor body mechanics.

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The Shoulders, Arms and the Neck:  

Stiffness in the shoulders incapacitates the arms. If the shoulder blades and collar bones are not efficient they affect being able to keep the trunk erect, resulting in poor posture.

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If the head is pulled forward due to poor posture, compression is felt resulting in pain and tension in the neck and throat.  The thoracic vertebrae becomes tight and immovable.

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Learning to relax muscles, stretch the arms and give more mobility to the upper back help to combat this issue.

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The Knee Joint:

The knee has three distinct movements, hinge, glide and rotation and it is rare that we use the knees without the hips and ankles.

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We look at bringing the knees into structural alignment with the feet, shins, thighs, hips and sacrum and to creating space behind the knee joint. Also, looking at poses to help strengthen the muscles around the knees.  

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Relaxing the head

When the mind experiences stresses, anxieties, work pressures or emotional upsets, the repercussions are mainly felt in the head.  

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In Yoga the first step is to relax the body in simple supported poses. Lying down eases the body and with support breathing is improved. When the head rests on a support as well, tension in the face and front brain is relieved. .TThhe

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