It is so easy for my emotions to be bounced up or down depending on how my day goes, but when I stop and think about how much I do have in my life, I am truly grateful. Even when everything has gone wrong and a hundred disasters have rained down on me, I can still think of one thing that I am truly blessed to have - my life. Finding contentment (samtosha) in the face of adversity frees me from suffering and fills me with a pure and simple joy.
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Yoga Poses for Spinal Stenosis
A complete list of yoga postures for alleviating the pain, numbness and weakness of spinal stenosis.
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Yoga Therapy for Spinal Stenosis
Spinal stenosis is a narrowing of the spaces in the spine where the spinal cord and nerve roots transverse. The narrowing of these passageways results in pressure on the spinal cord and/or nerve roots that exit the spine creating pain, numbness, tingling and weakness. The spinal passageways can be further closed off due to inflammation that arises after these tissues become irritated. Central stenosis is narrowing of the central cannal where the spinal cord travels. Lateral stenosis is the narrowing of the openings between vertebrae where the nerve roots exit the spine.
Conditions that cause spinal stenosis include infection, tumors, trauma, herniated disc, arthritis, thickening of ligaments and growth of bone spurs. Spinal stenosis most commonly occurs in older individuals as a result of vertebral and disk degeneration.
Yoga's ability to correct posture, improve vertebral alignment and increase range of motion makes it an excellent therapy to reduce the symptoms of spinal stenosis and curb its further progression.
With central stenosis backbends can close off the spinal canal and must be approached with caution, backing off if symptoms are reproduced. Forward bends open the canal diameter and will help to reduce symptoms. For lateral stenosis, side bending and twisting away from the painful side will open up the spaces between the vertebrae to reduce pressure on the nerve roots and alleviate symptoms. For both types of stenosis practice inversions to reduce inflammation and use poses that emphasize good posture and lengthen the spine such as mountain, staff, bound angle, downward dog, joyful baby and wind relieving pose.
It is important to not practice any poses that reproduce or aggravate the symptoms of stenosis as this can damage the spinal nerves and increase inflammation.
A complete list of yoga postures that benefit stenosis is now available in our premium yoga therapy section.
First There Is a Mountain By
This engaging, passionate, and well-written memoir is both an inner and outer exploration of the Iyengar school of yoga. A highly detailed and thorough examination of yoga guru B.K.S. Iyengar's fierce personality, family history and teaching institute that offers a rare glimpse into his Indian roots and tradition. Heavily flavored with extensively researched history, philosophy, politics and folklore this book serves both as a guide to the world of yoga and as a woman's journey of self-discovery and self-transformation.
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Lady of the Spice Lands by
These solo acoustic guitar recordings are remarkably beautiful and have the ability to instantly transport one to a calm and tranquil space. Encouraged by his yoga teacher, Chris rewrote these compositions specifically for enhancing yoga, meditation and massage practices. These lush and heart warming songs draw inspiration from a range of styles to create complex harmonies, intricate melodies and introspective landscapes.
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Yoga for Urban Living by
With two short yoga workouts and an extensive hour long daily routine this DVD is designed to work around your schedule. Hemalaya provides clear straightforward instruction with her soft pleasant voice. She uses simple cues and sparse instruction with the gentle transitions and holds of the poses. The "morning quickie" sequence is a 30-minute invigorating flow to create heat and energy. The "evening bath" sequence is a 25-minute wind down to promote sleep and relaxation. The "daily connection" sequence is a 60-minute core practice to promote inner peace, spiritual connection and overall balance. With instructional chapters on 12 primary yoga poses and 4 foundational breathing exercises this DVD is loaded with great content while still being modestly priced.
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Q: When I do Lotus pose with the left ankle resting on the right thigh first i'm just fine. but when i put the right ankle on the left thigh, it intents to slip from the thigh. this also happens when i do half Lotus. Do you have any tips or hints keep this from doing so, or reasons as to why this happens?
A: The reason is probably due to a difference in hip flexibility in your two legs. Work on hip opening poses and hold the right side just a bit longer.
You may want to place a blanket under your right knee to lift and support the leg to keep it from slipping.
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