Gentle Yoga for Healing & Joy

Yoga book club anyone ?

Reading them is great but then comes the actual … practice:)

For me, approaching yoga not so much as just an exercise regimen but more as a centering practice and a fitness and healing modality. A page out of Timothy McCall MD’s “Yoga as Medicine” shows promising evidence on how “gentle” style of yoga fits into whole lifestyle re-evaluation to promote wholesome wellness.

Re-connecting with my Inner-Child:)

*No worries – modifications and other asanas for alternatives are always, always GENTLE & KINDER paths to get to the same destination.  Yoga can be adapted for every body. Every condition. Every season of our lives – In fact, one can bypass all asanas(physical poses) and delve into the heart and soul and the ultimate intention of yoga – which is to take body and mind to a place where we are centered, conscious/awake and at ease.  Meditation practice to cleanse and purify our mind to enter into state of bliss.

(adjust for hyper-extension tendencies of the elbows … to protect the shoulder girdles; compensate for lack of upper body strength or … hold bridge pose … for a safe practice:)

Yes !  My back is restored – no pain, no pain – lots to gain – heart center opened to progress up and forward not looking back – no fear WHEN approached with INTELLIGENCE.  My spine health restored thanks to Yoga for Back Care – to be further inspired, assisting Baxter Bell MD, my former Yoga Therapy Teacher Training faculty teacher for Anatomy and Sports Medicine modules.  Always honored to assist highly skilled and intelligent teachers who allow me to learn by assisting.  In gratitude for my restored back to get back to regain my full practice.  In deep gratitude to amazing teachers and yoga therapists we are lucky to have locally.

(btw, balancing on this tree trunk was rather … challenging but … it’s work to reconnect with my inner-child while looking towards the future with hope and dreams. There’s so much going on in this pose – not for the evening practice.  No worries – there are also gentle ways to get to this same effect  – a restorative yoga way is super gentle and the effect, the end-result nearly the same or in a way, better –  it’s all lovely – love all modifications …)

Modifications & Prep work to get to Upward Bow (WheelPose, coming up.