We all know that yoga can do wonders for the body in a preventative manner as regular practice ensures that your body is strong and flexible enabling you to neatly side-step most health problems or, to be able to recover fairly quickly at least. But yoga can also provide some quick fix health solutions to those everyday problems that occur whether self-inflicted or not, and tackling any issues head on will promote inner healing and help to make you feel human once more.
Always remember that yoga is about finding balance for your body as well as in life, so always practice on both sides of the body ensuring that you maximize the benefits of each posture.
Cramps: Seated Forward Bend (Paschimottanasana)
If you suffer from cramp regularly and find forward bends difficult due to tight hamstrings or a general inflexibility, try the supported variation, rolling a blanket and placing it on top of your thighs. This enables you to maintain a good posture while stretching out those hamstrings projecting your chest to your knee rather than aiming your head to the knee. It’s not just a great pose for cramp however; it aids digestion, calms the mind, stretches your spine and helps to alleviate those monthly PMS symptoms. It can even aid the symptoms of the menopause.
Feeling Overwhelmed, Under Pressure or Sad: Tree Pose (Vrksasana)
Standing poses are perfect for those times when life gets to you and the tree pose can gently alter your peace of mind and happiness. It also improves your sense of balance, helps to relieve sciatica and strengthens the ankles, calves, thighs and also works on the inner thighs and the groin area. Both legs should be worked alternately.
Headaches: Downward Dog (Adho Mukha Svanasana)
Tension headaches can nag away for some time and there are lots of yoga poses that are perfect to soothe and decrease the symptoms of a headache. Downward dog helps to calm the brain, relieves tension from the neck and shoulders, and ease back pain. It aids any menstrual discomfort, improves digestion and stretches the hamstrings and calves, shoulders and hands. It’s also a great posture for energising the body. Try the supported variation for a greater soothe factor.
Lower Back Pain or Sciatica: Cobra Pose (Bhujangasana)
A weak core or an existing injury to your back can make day-to-day life very difficult. The cobra pose can help to alleviate lower back pain and sciatica but other benefits include relieving fatigue and stress. It opens up the chest and lungs so is beneficial for asthmatics, strengthening and stretching the spine for greater flexibility, and helps to stimulate the abdominals too. Start with the half cobra and build from there.
Hangover: Half Lord of the Fishes Pose (Ardha Matsyendrasana)
As much as drinking too much should be avoided at all cost, there will be times when the temptation to over-indulge strikes and you experience the dreadful affects of a hangover the next day. The side-twisting of Ardha Matsyendrasana has multiple benefits including easing backache, soothing menstrual pains, and it helps to combat tiredness, all while stimulating the liver and kidneys. It’s also useful as an aid to remove all those nasty toxins. This is also a great pose for asthmatics to try and for anyone who needs to stimulate their digestive tract. To ensure balance, alternate the pose.
Preventative measures are always better than cure but depending on your daily routine, it can be useful to have a series of self-help quick fixes handy so that you can stretch out your body during the day utilizing those postures that provide you with the most benefit at that time.
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