“I have been medically advised not to do yoga” said one of my very first yoga students that would come over to my house for free yoga for seniors on Saturday afternoons. She told me she quit in an email yesterday. Wtf?
It really hurt me. I always felt like she got it and could see the smile in her face. I call BS on the adviser. Here’s why.
One thing that one of my teachers told me helped more than anything else. Breathe. Bring pranayama into your daily home yoga practice. It is all about the mind and not so much the physical body. The meditation and introspection is key.
There are also restorative yoga classes that I personally love and that allow me to have practice even after I do something stupid and get hurt. I rarely go to any open level yoga class without substituting a child’s pose for any given pose and have never had anyone yell at me for doing so. I have been yelled at many times for doing stupid stuff above my pay grade. I don’t yell, though. I help others do stupid stuff, too, spot them so it is safe, and laugh when I fall.
I would like to go back to the person that gave the medical advice and get them to qualify their opinion like don’t do twists and back bends as opposed to don’t do yoga if you have something wrong with your back. Anyone that says don’t do yoga does not understand yoga.
I encourage folks to continue on the path even if the physical asana is not possible. The best thing I ever did is start yoga to train my mind after injury. We can’t prevent things from happening to us. We can change the way we feel about it.
Jim Ray, President
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Jim practices yoga daily and formed Neuse Networks in 1997 that specializes in managed services (MSP) to remotely automate IT maintenance and to take IT labor out of the equation. He focuses on combining conventional client/server technologies with virtualization, mobility, and cloud technologies to implement computer networks for voice, video, and data. His education includes Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from NC State 1985. He has been in IEEE since 1980 (Senior Member, past Chair for Eastern North Carolina Section 2010, past Chair for NC State Student Branch 1981). He lives in Cary, NC with his wife and two sons.