Questions & Answers
I have collected a number of questions and comments that I have been asked about lately and took the opportunity to provide the answers here.
Feel free to contact me with any questions you may have yourself!
Please click on the below questions to be taken to your answers, or scroll down to read through the most commonly asked questions:
'What conditions can be healed/managed with Yoga Therapy?'
Aches and pains, acne, allergies, anger management, anxiety, arthritis, asthma, back ache, blurred vision, confidence, depression, digestion problems , droopy shoulders, exhaustion, fibromyalgia, heart ache, heart conditions, high blood pressure, hot flashes, insomnia , lack of self-esteem, menstrual cycle imbalances, metabolic diseases, migraine, neck pain,negative outlook on life, obesity, overweight, pms, runner's aches, sleep quality, scattered mind,respiratory conditions, restless mind, shoulder pain, sugar cravings, stress management, tension, tension headaches, tightness in joints, thyroid imbalances, traveler's anxiety, under-eye bags and dark circles, vertigo, to name a few.
'What should I expect from a personalised Yoga class/Yoga Therapy?'
The first occasion starts with the initial assessment. This process generally takes about 30-45 minutesand consists of the following:
- Ayurvedic Dosha questionnaire - identifying your unique constitution, your Dosha
-Ayurvedic imbalance questionnaire - finding any current imbalances in the Doshas
-Client Registration and Information - discussing any past and present medical conditions, ailments, any injuries, aches and pains, eating/sleeping/exercise habits, disturbances
-Client Assessment - observing the structure and alignment of the body
The initial assessment is followed by a short class of 30-45 minutes consisting of breathing exercises, postures and meditation.
Based on the assessment the outline of the therapy is born. The therapy may include breathing
exercises, series of postures, mudras (specific hand gestures and positions acting as “seals” to guide energy flow), mantras (powerful sound or vibration that can be used to enter a deep state of meditation), concentration exercises, meditations, daily routine recommendations and Ayurvedic cleansing practices. When learning the postures emphasis is placed on proper breathing and alignment.
To ensure this initially props such as blankets, yoga belts, bricks and bolsters may be used.
Classes range from 60-90minutes depending on the therapy applied.
'I have an injury, my doctor said I can't exercise'
Yoga therapy is specifically designed for people with certain conditions. The one-to-one care makes it possible to tailor the therapy to protect the injured area and to provide therapy, thus regenerating and healing it. Let's take the example of lower back pain.
In a regular Yoga class you would have all 6 movements of the spine (forward bending, backward bending, stretching, contracting, lateral movement and twist). People with lower back pain should avoid forward bending or only practice modified versions. Going to a regular class with several forward bends will not necessarily heal the condition but aggravate it. On the other hand the core should be strengthened, to protect the lower back. Getting to know our condition, poses that help in healing it, and the safe way to practice poses will empower us to go to any class, use any form of exercise, housework etc.
In the long run keeping our back pain free and eventually regain strength and health.
'I am not flexible enough'
You may be a runner, a cyclist or have been doing strengthening exercises.
This means you have been working on your strength vigorously, but not on your flexibility. You see the results of your hard work, your muscles are strong and firm. They are holding you back from reaching your toes. The pendulum has gone one way. To balance it out, focus is given to stretching and flexibility.
You already know that disciplined practice gets you results, thus you will get there. Or you may not be flexible because your body is storing stress or trauma and a same way as if you physically put a pillow on your leg you need to reach over it, this will hinder your flexibility. The therapy here would focus on releasing these blockages.
'I cannot relax'
When you come in from everyday busy life, your body is full of pent up energy. If you
would sit down to meditate in this state you probably would not get very far. With the series of posture sand breathing exercises we prepare the body, give something to do for the 'monkey mind' to be able toget to the state of relaxation.
'I do not find Yoga challenging enough physically'
Therapy is tailored depending on your Dosha (thebalance that you were born with) and your current imbalance. If Vata (Air & Ether) is throwing you
whirlwind than we may start fast but the aim is to slow down. If Pitta (Fire & Water) is causing you mischief than the fire slowly has to be brought down to a simmer. And when Kapha (Earth & Water) weighs you down a vigorous flowing sequence will guarantee to make you sweat. We meet you where you are, what your body is craving and slowly show the way to balance, when your body will crave the type of exercise (and even nutrition) that is balancing to it.
'I do not have time'
The reason I have started these one-to-one classes is because I saw that in our busy
world fitting health and exercise is getting more difficult. Class times are flexible and can be agreed on a week-to-week basis to allow for travelling and other engagements. Daytime, weekends, evenings, or even early morning is a possibility. You may not think that you want to practice at 6 am in the morning but you may find that is the best time for turning inward as the energy of the morning uplift you.
'I cannot afford it'
For the last 5 years our family of 5 have consumed about 1 leaf of prescription/over
the counter medication in total. The only time we ever go to the doctors if something is broken or needs urgent medical care. That is lot of money you can save on doctor's visits and medication. It is safe to say that looking after your health and being in tune with your body is a long term investment in your health.
'How long should I continue to come?'
The aim of every good teacher is to give you wings, not to tie you down. My aim is for you to get in touch with your inner self, to have the knowledge what the effects of your daily routine, nourishment, exercise, activity, relationships etc. have on you. To teach you to practice on your own, at home, regularly. If you are a healthy beginner and your aim is to learn the
breathing, the alignment of the main postures, it can take as little as 5-10 classes. Then you are ready to practice at home or go to a group yoga class.
'How often should I practice?'
Pathabi Jois (founder of Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga) said 'Practice, Practice, Practice and all is coming'.
The more energy you put into something the greater benefit you will receive.
The health benefits and subtle differences of transformation that Yoga brings in to our life takes
perseverance and patience. That said I do find that with practicing twice a week at least the changes start to occur.