When we feel tired and sluggish, our inclination might be to stay in bed for an extra half an hour-but in fact if we can push through that lethargy and move our body, that feeling of tiredness shifts and we start to feel more energised.
This practice is suitable to relax and gently mobilise the neck when the neck is very sore and stiff. AVOID any weight bearing postures on the hands such as Downward Dog, and standing postures which increase the weight bearing work of the neck.
Yoga is one of the best ways to naturally de-toxify the system. The lungs are the largest organ in the body, and thus have the greatest ability to rid the body of toxins taken in through diet, or absorbed from the atmosphere.
Neck dysfunction is one of the most commonly treated conditions by physiotherapists. Poor posture whilst standing or sitting subjects the spine to abnormal stress. Over time this can lead to structural changes in the spine.
When the weather is cooler, we need to modify our yoga practice to help maintain our energy and ‘inner fire’. In yoga and ayurveda, the term agni describes an internal flame that is said to burn in the mid section of the body, in the area behind the navel.
Yoga works on many levels, from the purely physical, to the emotional and even into the unconscious realms of the mind and psyche. Whatever we do with the physical body has an effect on the mind and emotions.
One of the great Darshanas (or systems of thought) of the Vedas (ancient texts from India, that contain treatises on philosophy, astronomy, cosmology, astrology, healing, science, poetry, art and of course yoga) is Tantra.
If the thyroid gland is overactive, there will be a feeling of anxiety-the heart rate will be unusually fast, and the blood pressure may be raised. We want to create conditions for rest and relaxation of the system,
Adho Mukha Svanasana, or Downward Facing Dog Pose is one of those postures that as regular yoga practitioners, we do a lot-maybe up to 10 times a day. Because of this, how we come into and maintain the pose is bound to have a deep effect.
In ‘Yoga and the Shoulder Joint Part 1’, (that first appeared in Australian Yoga LIFE issue 38) we looked at how to minimise strain to vulnerable shoulder muscles and tendons by first improving our posture.
The shoulder is an amazing joint. Having developed to allow our ancestors to swing through the trees, a fully functional shoulder joint allows 360 degrees of rotational movement as well as being able to support the weight of the entire body.
This article was originally part 3 of a 3 part series on Developing a Personal Practice first published in Australian Yoga Life Magazine issues 11-13, way back in 2004-2005, and is reproduced in an edited form here by kind permission of AYL.
Often if we feel tired, stressed or depressed, our inclination is to rest.Asanas performed dynamically and combined with particular breathing practices may give that boost to our health, energy and over-all physiology.