Everybody can do yoga

Everybody can do yoga

The Toolbox All yoga asanas have potential health benefits. There are contra-indications of course. So you need a teacher to guide you. But what I mean is that you can experience yoga even without twisting your body in all forms and shapes. Sometimes the “simplest looking” asanas have the biggest effect! It is also important to stress that postures (asanas) are only one of the tools offered by yoga. Others include breathing (pranayama), hand gestures (mudras), specific sounds (mantras) and meditation. People who find it difficult to sit down and stand up can still benefit from breathing exercises and mudras. Yoga can also be adapted to different levels using props and/or modification I encourage people to see Yoga as a “toolbox”. Open it, try some tools out. Do they work? No? Then try others. Make your own selection! Keeping a Journal Here is another idea: why not keep a diary? Just for a little while… Take notes of the benefits – or the lack of benefits – you felt after each breathing exercise, hand gesture or pose. Maybe you will find your own key pose to manage MS fatigue or stress. So next time you suffer from it, you will know exactly what to do. The Power of the Breath Personally I find a lot of comfort in practising breathing exercises. Simply focusing on the breath is relaxing. And the more you relax, the more the chest expands and allows greater air flow in. It is a virtuous circle. Becoming aware of one’s breath is not just pleasurable, it is essential for your health. When one is affected by...
The Do’s and Don’ts

The Do’s and Don’ts

DO Listen to your Body I bet you have heard that before! But what does it really mean? Rather than trying to explain, I would like you to practice the warm-up sequence (free video in the Shop section) and then sit still for a few minutes. Close your eyes. Don’t try to control your breath. Just sit and focus your attention within. Become aware of your body, scan it. How does it feel? Scan your whole body: your legs, your hips, your torso, your shoulders and neck. Is there any tension anywhere? Can you feel what your body needs? Can you feel what your body wants? Does your chest want to expand and take a deeper breath it? How is your energy level? Are you stressed or anxious? Whether you are practising with online videos or in a class, you might want to skip a pose. In this case, you should go into child’s pose until the next one. Remember that “No pain no gain” is wrong! You should not feel any pain. If you do, come out of the pose. Feeling a stretch is fine of course but you should never feel pain. DO Hold the Pose and Relax The aim is not to be able to do this or that pose! Of course it is nice and it feels good to realise “waoh I can do the wheel!” It is of great benefit for the self-confidence. However, as stressed in Patanjali’s Yoga Sutra, the aim should be to find stability and pleasure in the pose. My teacher in India once told us that to become a Great...