Start a home yoga practice and prevent back pain by moving your spine in all directions.
There’s a myth that yoga is all about being ‘Zen’, allowing everything to wash over you as you remain unperturbed by the surrounding chaos. But it’s much harder than that. Yoga is about learning to be with the painful feelings, and then to respond rather than react. As Brexit unfolds this is harder than ever.
Our relationship began in a bewildering, emotion-filled blur. Or at least it felt like that was the beginning. As it turns out, my gluteus medius had been there all along, at the back of my pelvis, waiting for me to notice it, quietly supporting me as best it could as I gallivanted around believing I could do it all by myself.
This is going to sound a little ‘out there’ to the sceptics among you. But for those of you who have done much yoga you will probably have heard that we tend to carry negative emotions in our hips. I had never experienced an emotional release through the physical practice of yoga. Until Monday.
Don’t get me wrong, I love sun salutations – the flow, the full-body stretch, the generation of heat and energy. They can make a great yoga practice by themselves as well as serving as a go-to sequence to wake the body up in preparation for a longer practice. But sun salutations are not the only option.
I thought a strengths-based approach to yoga wouldn’t work. This is why I was wrong.