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Yoga Back Care Intensive
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My question is about lodging. Where would I stay if I want to attend the yoga teacher conference at Aura this summer? Om Shanti

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Yoga For Back Injury Prevention

I realize this is long after the back care intensive is over, but thought I would share some information with the rest of you. Did you make your students aware that by mastering the art of yoga, they could actually be deterring painful back injuries? Unfortunately, the average back injury sufferer is painfully unaware of the myriad benefits that yoga can offer him or her. Instead, he or she will end up going to a chiropractor, which only masks the problems, instead of healing them completely. Because a chiropractor only attacks the symptoms of back problems, nine out of ten times you'll be just as bad off in a week as you were the day before your treatment. With the help of yoga, millions of people are permanently curbing their back problems and feeling great.

Make it your mission to leave back pain flat today, thanks to the science of yoga therapy. I personally have it out for chiropractors because they often go out to visit yoga schools to give a friendly lecture and get your students, and then at the office visit, they tell your students to stop practicing yoga and forget about exercise! For me it has been a one way parasitic relationship and the chiropractors don't even say thank you. The reason: they view our giving nature as a sign of weakness and a lack of business skill.

There are a few chiropractors who don't do that, but most of them are self-serving business predators looking to create and fill a bunch of time slots with your students - who take their treatments and, of course, their supplements. They also drop off truck loads of brochures to every friendly yoga studio that opens a door to them and again they tell your students to stop practicing yoga completely because only chiropractic medicine is the answer to back pain. And by the way would you like to buy some their herbs for backaches? Most chiropractors are distributors of nutritional and herbal supplements.

When most people think of yoga training, they conjure up images of an activity that is designed specifically for older women, when the reality couldn't be further from the truth. Since back injuries can afflict individuals of all ages, yoga should be practiced by just about anyone looking to avoid chronic back pain by the time that they retire. Because yoga is capable of limbering you up, and allowing spinal discs to expand, agonizing back injuries such as spinal compression and herniated discs are virtually nonexistent among yoga participants. Yoga is also great for preventing regular "wear and tear" back problems as well. By engaging in regular yoga sessions, you are minimizing the potential of developing a cumbersome, unsightly hump in your senior years. Best of all, yoga is known to benefit just about every other aspect of your life as well, so there's no excuse not to roll out the yoga mat and get in touch with your good vibrations.

When all is said and done, yoga is one of the most effective methods of preventing back injuries on the market today. Not only is yoga proficient at evading spur of the moment injuries such as sprains, it's also a great way of preventing chronic, old age back injuries. Whether you're looking for a way to heal a chronic back ailment, or simply prevent a new one from rearing its ugly head, consider yoga to be the savvy yoga practitioner's one-way ticket to superior spinal success, time and time again.


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Here's a combination of what I learned at Aura Wellness Center, previous life experience and what I put into practice. Yoga can help reduce pain in your back, but you have to apply it. Paul and Marie have some great workshops and yoga education for teachers. If you go to one, you should have your tablet ready to take notes and record. Finally, apply the methods to your students, yourself, and open workshops for the local public.

Here's and example of a workshop idea: How Yoga Can Help Lumbar Stenosis?

The human body is amazing in its physiology and functioning, but there are some minor flaws to the design, and one of these weak points is the lumbar region of the spine. Though the vertebrae in this area are larger than those in the cervical or thoracic spine, they are under constant pressure from holding up the weight of the torso. This can lead to straining or tearing of the muscles surrounding the spine, or the compression of the spinal cord in response to the pressure. This situation, where the spinal canal narrows due to compression of the lumbar vertebrae, usually as a degenerative condition in response to the aging process, is referred to as lumbar stenosis.

Signs of this condition present in the lower back and legs, though the leg pain is often more detrimental than the back pain is. Back pain is the first symptom and targets the lower back, as well as occasionally the neck. The pain worsens over time, and it is usually worse when standing or walking. Often the legs are weak and painful with tingling sensations down the back of the legs. The causes for this condition vary, but are usually through congenital means, such as from age or trauma.

Yoga that flexes and extends the spine can greatly benefit patients with this condition. The increased flexibility provided by a regular yoga routine and the improved circulation to the muscles of the lower back ease the pain caused by lumbar stenosis. Poses that counteract one another, such as the cobra pose and the wide legged variation of child's pose, can be used to give the muscles of the back an even workout, which helps to prevent muscle unevenness and atrophy. Other poses that may be of benefit that focus on the back are the cat and cow pose, the seated spinal twist, and the butterfly.

Hamstring stretches and other leg exercises can sometimes be of greater benefit than lumbar stretches for easing the pain of lumbar stenosis. Leg pain is tied intricately to back pain through the sciatic nerve and connected muscles. The downward facing dog pose, the staff pose, and the extended puppy pose not only benefit the back, but each pose also stretches the legs. The tree pose, mountain pose, and warrior II pose will also be of benefit to patients with lumbar stenosis, because they focus on leg and core strength, which assist in the prevention of back pain.


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My question is about lodging. Where would I stay if I want to attend the yoga teacher conference at Aura this summer?
Om Shanti


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The place to stay would be the Colonel Blackinton Inn, which is about a mile from Aura and it is a New England style bed and breakfast.

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