by Tiger Mask
Article by Joseph Teller
Chronic pain can sap your strength and spirit, leaving you feeling hopeless and desperate for relief. The spiritual nature of yoga can help you manage chronic pain both physically and emotionally, giving you the strength to live your life in the very best possible way. You can carry what you learn during yoga sessions into every aspect of your day, extending its benefits beyond the mat.
The Spiritual Side of Hatha Yoga
Yoga is more than an exercise system. If you pay attention to your breath and inner energy while you practice the poses, you will feel greater effects from the physical movements and a great sense of inner peace.
Yoga was originally designed thousands of years ago to allow spiritual seekers access to their inner selves through outer physical movement. Practicing breathing is the most important part of yoga even for advanced yoga students. You must pay attention to how your breath moves through your body and use it to bring wellness into yourself.
Clearing your mind while breathing regularly relieves the mental stress connected with chronic pain. You have something to pay attention to besides your body’s pain, and it is possible you may learn to “forget” the pain at least for a brief time. When you suffer from chronic pain, all moments of relief are wonderful.
The Physical Side of Hatha Yoga
For many who suffer from chronic pain, the gentle stretching and manipulation of the body during yoga poses offer good ways to let pain go and experience relief. Yoga exercises work by encouraging you to explore the “opposites” of your usual physical patterns.
For instance, you sit or stand in a certain way most of the day. When you practice yoga poses, your body is positioned in opposite ways such as standing on your head or lifting your back up off the mat in a bridge fashion. These poses stretch your muscles out of their usual patterns and encourage you to experience your body in new ways.
When you perform yoga poses, you always push your body t o the li mit of its capability and no further. The gentle nature of the poses is important to remember
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