Is today’s Yoga causing harm?

Is today’s Yoga causing harm?

A quick note on ‘modern’ Yoga

Did you know the way you’re doing Yoga is probably hurting your body? No matter the level of yoga you are? Many old time yogis think they know it all… so did I until…..

Yoga is actually a very young art form. We are in fact only really 2-3rd generation Yogis, religiously following a system that was not initially designed to be gentle and nourishing to the body, but solely to create strength and flexibility.

To explain why this is the case let me tell you a little history of Yoga. The physical side of Yoga is not ancient as you might have been led to believe, but is in fact less than 130 years old.  Its roots are based in an exercise system for the Danish Army. Yes. It is true. Many Yogis, including teachers are not aware of this.

Only slowly are Yoga teachers allowing themselves to question and adjust ‘ previously thought to be ancient’ postures, and create new approaches that are truly healthful to the body, spine, energy and breath, as much as the mind and soul.

With XianYoga I point out the common misunderstandings in postures, the areas where students often cause damage knowingly (as they feel discomfort) or unknowingly. I’ve taught anyone from complete beginners to 25year seasoned yogis and teachers who thought their Yoga felt great, until I pointed out a few small details…

After they implemented a few small changes here and there, they were speechless. The responses I usually get are: How come this is not taught anywhere? I can’t believe I didn’t know this. I can’t believe I didn’t figure this out. I will never be able to go to a normal yoga class again and see all those closed bodies. I have been damaging my spine for years!

Did you know:

  • That you are seriously crunching your spine and the disks in between in every single posture you do?
  • That you are closing/crunching your body, spine and energy lines on one side to open up another?
  • That your body is tense in the area you want to stretch?
  • You’d be surprised that: What you think is a stretch is often tension or a crunch
  • That twists just crunch the lower spine, but do not achieve elongation and rotation of the ENTIRE SPINE
  • That all backbends completely and utterly crunch the disks in your vertebrae?
  • That I yet have to meet somebody that knows how to actually lengthen and open the chest in a backbend?
  • That I yet have to meet somebody that ACTUALLY has scoliosis….
  • So far it has been possible to correct through postural changes
  • That you are seriously compromising knee and ankle health?
  • That you can’t take a FULL and completely UNRESTRICTED BREATH in every posture?
  • That wrong hip alignment creates a curve in your spine that is counterproductive to the stretch you’re trying to do? I’m talking in the non-obvious postures too
  • That many Yogis have back pain and do more Yoga to alleviate it, not realizing that it’s actually their Yoga that is causing the pain?
  • That you could be compromising spinal health for your later years?
  • That you are not 100% sure EXACTLY where to feel the stretch? And that if misaligned, you actually stretch a completely different muscle or straining a body part?
  • Do you have an understanding EXACTLY what the point of a posture is? You might be surprised
  • That you are pretzeling yourself into postures your body isn’t ready for, compromising your bodies openness, putting stress on the spine, neck, shoulders and more? You’d be surprised how many postures you are not ready for
  • That our current breathing cycles don’t necessarily support opening the body?
  • That a headstand does not have to take weight on the head at all, leaving the neck completely comfortable?
  • That shoulders back and down, crunches the upper back
  • Do you how to prepare yourself for a more advanced posture, that does not involve ‘just doing the posture over and over’ That many stretches are fake stretches? ie. thinking you can go deeply into a posture, but you actually compensated with a different body part
  • That ‘anchoring’ shoulders or butt cheeks in the ground, creates tension that travels along the spine
  • That tensing the butt cheeks in back bends (to protect the lower back) creates tension in the lower spine and belly? Areas you actually want to stretch?
  • That when you push your heels into the ground in Down Dog, that you are engaging the legs muscles, which means you can’t stretch them?
  • Do you have a full intentional journey in and out of each posture, knowing EXACTLY where to put that leg or foot or hand or arm with EVERY SINGLE movement, to stay fully aligned and open with body and energy lines throughout your ENTIRE practice?
  • Can you sit effortlessly and COMFORTABLY cross-legged for ½ hour or more?
  • That if you cannot sit straight without tightening your back muscles, any sitting postures will build up on that initial tension
  • Hyper-extended knees, cause lower back pain and compromise your postures

These are just a handful of the important points to start to pay attention to in your practice.

But this is just the beginning…

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