Thoughts & Inspiration!
Summer is a’coming in, loudly sing….
Just to let you know, I will be at the SUN AND MOON FESTIVAL, near Lewes this August, leading some sessions, so if you are interested, check out the link below or ask me for details.
Yin Yoga Classes have closed for the summer. Hope to see you soon, in between the holidays, golf, tennis, bowls, swimming, sailing etc, etc. Classes start again w/b 7th September through to 7th December 2015.
I was reading an article by Susi Hately of Functional Synergy who works therapeutically with many people and trains Yoga Therapists and Teachers. Her views on how and why we use yoga reflect my own thoughts and experiences, and I thought I would share them with you. If you would like to review your practice with a 1-1 session, in order to address any specific areas of concern or to improve your practice, please contact me.
Susi writes – I am dedicated to helping people get out of pain, manage chronic and autoimmune conditions, and support people through treatment and surgical processes. I love doing this because it really bothers me that people suffer needlessly, especially since I know that there is another way.
Pain can go away, chronic and autoimmune conditions can be managed, and recovery from surgery can happen quickly and effectively.
Here are some things to consider, whether you are a teacher or a student:
- It really isn’t about the pose.I realize that there are a tonne of yoga books and online videos that will suggest poses or sequences of poses to relieve pain or strain, balance hormones etc. The trouble with them is they assume the issue lies in the condition and doesn’t factor in the person or the context of the life they are living.
- It really isn’t about the condition.Having helped many people thaw frozen shoulders; reduce flares associated with rheumatoid arthritis and lupus; become calm, steady and strong post cancer treatment; eliminate back pain, etc. I can easily say that I haven’t provided the same sequence or program to any two people who have the same issue – they both may have the same presentation of Frozen Shoulder, they both may have Lupus, they both may have SI joint pain, yet their lives, the impact of their condition and their relationship to their condition are different.
- There aren’t really any bad movements.Yes, even Rag Doll from Uttanasana isn’t bad, neither are Planks or Down Dogs. It is all about who is practicing, how their body is functioning and what their body needs. Is the movement appropriate for them? Some people really do need Rag Doll, and others…being on their feet is not what will help them progress and get out of pain.
Keep working, smiling, loving and living. Om shanti, Penny