At my prenatal classes, we usually begin by going around and noting any areas that hurt or need additional attention. Granted, pregnancy brings a ton of extra physical ailments due to the state of pregnancy itself, so there’s always something that’s bothering someone – lower back, hips, pelvis, shoulders, etc.
As we were addressing everyone’s allergies issues last week with specific poses, I thought about how no other “exercise regimen” is therapeutic the way yoga is. Sure, a lot of forms of physical activity can make you feel better and healthier, like going for a run or a bike ride to clear your head. But I wouldn’t look to anything else to help with aches and pains.
It’s yet another unique aspect to the practice that isn’t obvious from the outset. Everyone talks about strength, flexibility and balance. Or they mention the spiritual side of connecting mind and body to relieve stress. While my teachers talk about how certain poses affect certain parts of our bodies, I never really thought of yoga as a full therapeutic system until now. It certainly makes sense.
I actually bought the book Yoga as Medicine: The Yogic Prescription for Health and Healing after checking it out from the library a few years ago. There’s some good stuff in here for basic aches and pains like a headache or a sore back. Again, it didn’t really click for me that YOGA CAN DO IT ALL until recently. That’s pretty cool, if you ask me.