Oh my aching....back,hip,knee,neck, or did I miss a part? Is this the start of your day? Is this how your day begins and ends? Holding tight around my aching parts doesn't seem to make me any stronger. Oh I know it is just part of aging! Nope!
In the land of growing aging bodies, joint replacement seems to be the panacea. It is meant to heal of those aching spots in our bodes! Nope! What is our attitude around those achy break y spots? What are they meant to tell us?
Okay, back in the day, we had gym classes, P.E. classes! What did we try to learn? Field hockey, softball, volleyball or even basketball or even the best way to stand, walk, or sit? So what physical education do our children or even grand kids get in the school system these days? Some actually do get yoga.
Yoga does not always mean stretching. If you are tight, you will feel the pull of stretching. If you are very flexible, your focus needs to be strengthening the muscles that support your floppy joints. Floppy joints can very easily become arthritic joints. Chronic stiffness can also become arthritic-like. How you use your back, especially your mid and lower back can also refer pain into other parts of your body.
Yoga brings another aspect of healing through the use of what I will call purposeful breathing. Viniyoga asks you to be aware of how you experience your practice. For some of us, we may not know that an area of our body is tight or stiff until moving into that pose and attempting to take a deep breath. The breath is the key to both stopping a pain cycle and to relaxing into the dynamics of the asana.
It is funny how the mind works and how it can affect our body. Think of the time a sudden move become a jolt of pain. That pain signal now has you on guard that it not happen again. If it happens again the body immediately begins to hold its' self away from the discomfort that you experienced. Part of that holding is also the holding of breath. Now the circle of discomfort begins. Does this sound familiar? Babying the area or slowly giving up moving increases the problems instead of removing them.
What is a poor body to do? Food for thought or a question to be answered!