Category Archives: Stress Relief

Yoga Routine

I tried to do my yoga routine but this lower back muscle pain is getting worse. It seems to be whatever muscle goes along the lower ribs in the lower right back area. If I try to bend over it has a shooting pain and loses its ability to hold my torso up, so I fold over, which can toss me over :). Not good. I’ve contacted my doc to set up an appt. Hopefully it heals on its own. I really don’t want it to be something requiring surgery to reattach!

Morning Yoga

I just did my morning yoga routine for the first time in two weeks. I’d been too busy with ‘important projects’ to take the time – but my neck, arm, and back had become so achy as a result! The pain was then impacting my ability to work on things and stay focused. I definitely need to do yoga daily to stay pain-free and to be at my best for all I want to get done.

yoga session

Enjoyed my yoga session this morning – I actually did it at dawn! We’ll see how long this new sleep cycle lasts, where I’m awake during daylight hours :). If you’re not doing a bit of yoga each day, I highly recommend it. It infuses you with energy and makes your body feel lovely.

Should Yoga Hurt?

A reader of my free yoga book asked if yoga should hurt. Here’s my response.

Yoga should NOT hurt. Yoga is about gentle stretching and holding. If something hurts, you should stop. It could be you are pushing your body too hard for its current strengths. It could be something about the specific position simply does not work well given an injury or other situation with your body. There should never be pain. There should be gentle stretching.
For me, yoga is intensely pleasurable. It feels wonderful to press into the spinal twists – as if I’m receiving an expert massage. Lowering down from bridge, vertebrae by vertebrae, is sheer bliss. I’ve heard from many other yoga practitioners that they feel the same way. So that is something to look forward to, if you’re just getting started!
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