Standing with Grace and Ease: Mountain Pose (Tadasana)

We practise Mountain pose, or Tadasana, a lot in Huon Valley Yoga classes and private sessions. How you stand and sit isn’t just about the health of your back and the potential wear on your joints. Your posture profoundly affects the way you feel emotionally, the way others perceive you, and even the nature of your […]

Asana Focus: Balasana, “Child’s Pose”

Balasana has many benefits, helping to: relieve stiffness in the back; settle a busy or stressed mind; maintain mobility in the knees, hips and ankles; facilitate deeper breathing by encouraging breath into the back of the body rather than just the front of the chest; create rest for the eyes and front brain
; and prepare us for other more complex Yoga asanas requiring the knees & hips to fold deeply
You won’t feel any of these benefits though if the pose is causing strong discomfort in your body, and most people find Balasana quite difficult at first. You should never allow your knees to feel pain in Yoga, but if you’ve mainly sat in chairs rather than on the floor and are not used to kneeling, then your knees, hips and ankles may take patience and time to work toward this position. Using some simple supported variations with awareness and sensitivity can help enormously, allowing you to relax properly into Balasana and reap the full benefits of the pose.

Some practical hints for a healthy back

Learn the art of relaxation. Give yourself a conscious, deliberate 20 minutes minimum deliberate relaxation every day. Pain is “wired in” with fear – it’s a survival technique. Remaining anxious increases pain. Learning to be a calm observer of your pain will help to decrease it. Stress inhibits the body’s natural healing abilities and tightens […]

Are Yoga classes bad for your back?

Thank you for posting “Breaking 3 Common Myths About Back Pain”. Since coming across McGill’s research I’ve started questioning every pose I do and it makes my regular yoga classes quite tricky. Yoga Journal seems to be ignoring his research which is a great shame as I’d like to see responses from the yoga teaching […]

Breaking 3 Common Myths about Pack Pain

Myth 1: The level of pain is directly related to the injury itself With sophisticated scanning equipment now available, it’s becoming apparent that the severity of the pain can even be totally unrelated to the severity of the original injury. “Our behaviors as well as our emotional state changes the chemistry in our nervous system thus either enhancing or […]