Individual Yoga – for chronic pain and stress management

Yoga was traditionally taught one-on-one. Yoga is taught to you as you are ready. This prevents unnecessary injury and helps you much more as your body will work with you and not against you. I’m sure you have felt the difference when you stretch yourself vs when someone else pushes you.

Yoga is multifaceted.

 

Physical

Physical poses are the best known part of Yoga. They address the whole body systems from head to toe. We are wrapped up by fascia or connective tissue. This fascia follows p[atterns around our body, like a series of slings from front to back, side to side, wrapping and supporting…or restricting and causing pain. Yoga keeps these structures free, sliding and gliding over one another while being strong and supported. Yoga is a balanced practice – stretching and strengthening.

 

Meditation

Yoga is so much more than just the physical poses we all know so well. Yoga is for the mind…which is for the body! The Asanas (physical poses) prepare the body to sit quietly, to meditate or breathe, and calm the mind. The mind and body are one, not divided as they were centuries ago by philosophers as a construct to understand the world.

 

Pain Relief

The body uses many systems to protect itself when pain or injury goes on too long. Treatment, therefore, is multifactorial. Yoga is a holistic treatment and a  treatment of choice for persistent (or chronic) pain. It has been scientifically proven to lessen the experience of pain and change your relationship with it.

In the initial visit, we assess the whole of you; body and mind. We will look at your posture, movement patterns, ask about your injuries, and lifestyle.

We use a combination of Physio knowledge and the biopsychosocial approach to pain relief, combined with Yoga practices.

 

Breath

Breath is used as a therapeutic bridge between the mind and body. Many experts encourage using the breath as a means of increasing awareness, mindfulness, and being present in your body. Slowing the breath down calms the body. It allows a deep rest of the central nervous system. 

Learn breathing and pranayama techniques to help you manage stress, pain, and health. Practicing a smooth slower breathing rate can lower blood pressure, promote feelings of calm and relaxation, improve digestion, and help you de-stress. It must be taught by an experienced practitioner.

 

Stress

Stress is a perception of lack of control in our world; if we are too busy to manage it, have deadlines, can’t control our children or partners don’t behave how we would like them, even institutions can be hard to deal with. There is so much in our modern world. This will affect the nervous system releasing adrenaline, which when chronic becomes cortisol. Raised cortisol levels affect sleep and weight gain, further exacerbating the system. Stress is also useful at times, as a motivator, as giving us extra energy to perform a task, it is when it becomes too frequent, too severe that our health is affected.

Yoga can help by teaching us how to reset the system, and how to detach from daily worries, while still being responsible. How can you do that? Come and have a talk to us and we will explain in the context of your life.

 

Stretching:

Most people know Yoga for stretching, but it is strengthening too! Try it and see.

Yoga stretches along fascial lines. Our body is connected with connective tissue aligned in patterns, often like a series of slings. The yoga poses align with stretching these slings from top to bottom in a way normal stretching of individual muscles does not do.