Ahimsa, an important tenet of yoga philosophy, means the avoidance of violence. This includes violence towards others and violence towards oneself as well. The best way to protect your self while practicing yoga is to practice ahimsa. I am often asked the question "What is good pain vs bad pain". In my opinion the word pain=violence. Therefore, I teach my students that pain is not what we are striving for and if something hurts modify the posture or lose it!
Anyone can work on a pose if it is broken down and modified. I consider pain different from the sensation of discomfort experienced while stretching tight muscles or the effort and possible discomfort involved in holding a pose for a long period of time. Asanas (yoga postures) should always be steady and comfortable. If we use our breath and practice with mindfulness and correct alignment the body will naturally open and blossom. If we push, pull, and practice with force we will create more tension and contraction in our bo...
At the risk of sounding like some classic old western movie, if you have pain, then you know about the good, bad and ugly days. As soon as that sun rises, you could be facing a good day that rides into your life like one of the good guys on a white stead. Or you could be faced with a dirty rotten scoundrel of a day. Because your life is unscripted and unpredictable, you need some advice about how to get through your good, your bad and your ugly days.
Contrary to popular opinion, the good days should not be shot off in a torrent of chores and errands just to get things done. That boom of activity will leave you busted down on the trail later on. The boom or bust activity pattern is a difficult way to stay in control of pain. Instead, cherish and savor the good day with a sustainable pace. Do not try to accomplish everything at once. If you are able to pace yourself well enough, the next day might be another good day.
What if you are facing a bad day? The pain level is jus...
Hi, for the past 6 months I have been getting really bad shooting pains in my head and face. It always starts in my temple and ends up at the top of my head, it also feels like my face is very tight when this happens. Though they last only seconds, I am getting several a day! I have told my doctor but to no avail. Can you help please? Melanie.
What you're describing could be ice pick headaches, but they don't generally start in one place, then move to another, and they generally don't occur in the face. You can read more about them in Ice Pick Headaches - The Basics .
You were quite right to see your doctor about these headaches. They need to be investigated and diagnosed. Unfortunately, not all doctors have the background to help. When your regular doctor can't help, it's best to consult a Migraine and headache specialist. It’s important to note that neurologists aren’t necessarily Migraine and headache speci...
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