Wednesday, 12 August 2015

Yoga to help relieve pain - Fibromyalgia - Part 3

In this week's video we use a chair and a rolled up blanket as props. This is a much better way to encourage your body to open than straining into a posture. Eventually you may no longer need them but for now it is better to use props and have good alignment than to strain and lose all the benefits of a pose.

The practice can also help ease pain by encouraging the flow of prana in both the upper and the lower body. The chest is opened with lateral stretches, twists, and a supported backbend. 

Good posture is also encouraged which helps open the chest. Chest opening can help relieve depression and anxiety associated with the condition. This is because chest opening encourages deeper breathing and this purifies the body. When the body becomes pure, the mind becomes calm. 

Last week the focus was on the neck, upper back and shoulders where 10 of the 18 tender points used to diagnose fibromyalgia are located.  This week the hips, buttocks and knees, where the other tender points are located, are also included by practicing standing poses.

We end the video by practicing Alternate Nostril Breathing. This breathing technique balances the right and left hemispheres of the brain, calms the mind, improves your sleep (so good to practice in the evening), helps relieve fatigue and helps prepare you for meditation. You may also wish to practice two variations of this technique. If you close the left nostril and breathe in and out through the right nostril, the technique is energizing. 
If you close the right nostril and breathe in and out through the left nostril, the technique is calming.

You may end your practice here or you may wish to continue to the meditation that accompanies this video

Although your symptoms may never disappear completely yoga and diet can bring considerable ease to the condition.
Please consult your doctor before practicing yoga.

Please also see-
Yoga to help relieve pain: Fibromyalgia-Part 1-
Yoga to help relieve pain: Fibromyalgia-Part 2 Neck, shoulders and upper back-

Article to accompany this series-

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Hope this helps

Janet x 

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