There have long been questions on the capacity of yoga for easing body pains. If there’s a specific Yoga instructor just for handling pain. If there are specific Yoga postures dedicated to pain alleviation. If Yoga has some limitations on the kind or intensity of the pain.

A growing number of Yoga practitioners and students affirm the benefits from their 2-3 times weekly Yoga classes. Like any usual diet or treatment, there are limits to Yoga.

So, as far as yoga is concerned, it’s more of making the newbie perform yoga consistently with diligence. Yoga is also like prescription medications, that there are no guarantees for all the ailments.

Definitely Yoga assures a distraction from the pain and teaches the student to handle it better without negative repercussions.

Regular practice of Yoga results in lifestyle changes, first of all, and these leads the practitioner to examine what they do, including what they eat. Yoga differs from the usual exercise programs or the recent wellness fads. Discoveries in archeological activities reveal that Yoga has been in the world for no less than 50 centuries.  That is definitely not the lifetime of a fad.

Now, to the question of an instructor with focus on pain relief. A yoga teacher that would be effective for pain management should be well informed in the employment of props. S/he must be aware that every Yoga pose is adaptable to suit the particular needs of a student. So if you feel the slightest rigid “I’m the teacher and only I know what’s best” attitude, drop that teacher immediately.

A critical component for a yoga instructor is compassion and the facility to assist students experiencing different illnesses. Without this, s/he would not be able to meet your particular needs. Yoga is adaptable to meet specific requirements of its students. Any instructor who hasn’t experienced any previous pain would not be able to feel with the student enough to recognize and accept. This makes a leading or famous Yoga teacher, despite capability of doing all postures with a perfectly toned body like an Olympian, not the best one to have any understanding of the pains you’re having.

For anyone afflicted with chronic aches and pains, there are styles that can be adapted to your requirements. There is the Restorative yoga, Therapeutic yoga, Iyengar yoga, Yotherapy or Tri-yoga. These styles would vary upon the teacher’s view of the principles of each.

In some cases of intense pain, like acute arthritis, doctors won’t advise the performance of yoga. This is because any pose will give you intense pain in the joints. If you are advised against doing a gentle Yoga style, you must ask for an explanation, in the very least. If ever you’re not satisfied with the answer (or explanation), feel free to get a second opinion from another teacher.

If ever you want to put a stop to those aches and pains, go see your doctor. And if your doctor gives the okay, have a go at other options with a Yoga teacher who’s been known to cater to students suffering from aches and pains.

Linda Adams enjoys all things health related.

One of the most excellent yoga websites Linda has found is Yoga Instructors Kamloops, which is a exceptional mix of yoga and exercise.

For more information, have a look at Yoga Targets Total Wellbeing one of the finest Yoga blogs.

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