Injury Prevention & Self Awareness

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Author: Charry Morris

Charry Morris, personal yoga instructor to the United States Ski Team athletes, developed the Yoga Weight Loss System when she lost over 60 pounds with Yoga. She shares here secrets and everything she learned and will help guide you to do the same in the Yoga Weight Loss System.

Injury Prevention & Self Awareness With Yoga

Here is what you need to know to stay healthy in yoga: You'll need to be aware and let yourself differentiate between “good pain” and “bad pain”.  Ask yourself, 'Is it a new muscular sensation or is it overstretching ligaments?' Be aware of how you feel and don't be afraid to back off if you are in doubt. Please, don’t do anything that makes you nervous.  That's now why we're here.  We're here for a challenge, but not for a nervous one.  Yoga, when done properly, will relax your body and you'll feel rejuvinated. 

Find your edge, without pushing beyond your limits.  Really listen closely to your body.  It'll tell you what is good and what isn't. Injury Prevention

If you already have an injury, if you are recovering from surgery, or if you are pregnant make sure you let your breath guide you into and out of poses. Find more ease than effort.  You're not trying to beat the next person, just trying to find the right yoga practice for you. 

Make sure your joints are in alignment. This means your knee is facing straight forward and not bent beyond/over your ankle. Your shoulders stay away from your ears and remain soft. Your low back should be in a neutral, happy position. The sides of your neck should be lengthening. Your throat should be soft. Keep your front ribs drawing back, elongating your tail bone down.

Since yoga is not a competitive sport try doing it without mirrors so that you can feel what is happening from the inside out. Breathe steadily and slowly. The postures should be equal parts effort and ease. If you are holding your breath or scrunching your face, back off. If you start to feel dull and sleepy, juice it up. Move your legs, arms, and head as though they were being moved from your spine right around your belly button. Connect all movements to your core, your center. 

Smile inwardly to yourself! You are on your mat doing yoga! Be grateful!

Be grateful as well because yoga raises your self awareness.

When you are feeling listless and large, it is hard to get motivated to participate in the world around you and in your life. By going through a variety of simple yoga postures each day, you start to awaken to the possibilities of positive change. Simply by moving your arms, legs, and torso you come back to the natural rhythms of the body. 

As children we learned how to crawl before we could walk. There is a physiological reason for that progression. There is an innate wiring of our neuro-pathways through the process of crawling. Yoga brings us back to this first phase of physical development. Yoga literally rewires our nervous system.

By reconnecting to our physical patterns of movement and directing our limbs through various yoga movements, we reawaken our instincts. Yoga brings us back to our natural ability to move with grace and deep seated self-awareness.

Through the different poses that yoga offers, your body awakens.  If it is a beginners move, or if it is a more advanced move, your body will be thankful.

Charry

 

The Yoga Weight Loss System guides you along your weight loss journey with yoga. Charry explains step by step, the how and why and demonstrates the correct poses through full-color pictures and video!

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