If it’s stiff, oil it!

Yoga is considered by the National Institute of Health in America as a form of complementary medicine because it combines muscular activity with an internally directed focus on the self. Regular practice of Yoga promotes strength and flexibility; you were born flexible but a sedentary lifestyle leads to our bodies getting lazy, our muscles atrophy and our joints settle into a limited range. When you were a toddler you would have thought nothing of tucking your legs behind your ears but could you do it now? I guess that the word no springs to mind but you could……

Yes, I know what you’re thinking, these guys have been doing yoga for years!! They probably have but they’re no spring chickens are they? The stretches that they have been doing are, effectively, reducing the natural aging process; our bodies dehydrate and get stiffer with age but yoga slows this process by stimulating the production of tissue lubricants – it’s the same effect as a squirt of WD40 on a sticky hinge. The side benefit of this increased suppleness and flexibility is that our bodies are less prone to injury. How many times have you bent down or leaned over and felt something twinge in your back? Yoga increases range of movement for your muscles and joints which means that, after a few weeks, those twinges will be a thing of the past.

Your image of yoga devotees may be that they are all skinny minnies who can move so easily because they have absolutely no fat on their bodies – not true. Yoga is beneficial to everyone no matter what their size and the increased flexibility and strength that it gives means that other, cardio vascular exercises, become easier and more enjoyable.

Anyone can enjoy yoga so why not give it a try and, please, let me know how you get on.

  6 comments for “If it’s stiff, oil it!

  1. October 7, 2018 at 10:09 pm

    Just beginning to look into yoga now, for me cost is an issue so, I’m looking at something on youtube…any recommendations?

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    • October 8, 2018 at 6:07 am

      There are loads of yoga ‘lessons’ on line but I would really recommend that you have at least a couple of lessons first. We think we are doing what the person on the screen is doing but often we’re not and that way leads to pulled muscles I’m afraid. Beginner group yoga classes should not be expensive at all but do look for a teacher who embraces the spiritual aspects of yoga as well as the physical. When done correctly yoga is incredibly relaxing and allows you to free your mind as well as keeping your body supple. I really hope that you give it a try.
      I’ve had a quick whizz around Youtube and found this: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v7AYKMP6rOE. I would still urge you to find a teacher but this would be a gentle introduction for you – just don’t over do it ;O) xx

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      • October 8, 2018 at 12:14 pm

        I’ve only watched the first 5 minutes of this video, but so far I do like her explanations. I can see the benefit of going to a beginner class. My boot comes off in 2 more weeks, maybe instead of pt, the doctor might recommend a beginners place or even a therapist could. I am terrible at follow through ( constantly putting to much on my plate)…want to “check in” with me at the beginning of November to make sure I didn’t drop the ball? ( thinking puppy training :P)

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      • October 8, 2018 at 12:20 pm

        Yes that was what I thought – she does explain things well which you need as a beginner. It would certainly be worth speaking to your doctor about a recommendation for a teacher I think that if you enjoy it you’ll make the time to go regularly. Happy to check in with you any time Grave 😊 xx

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      • October 8, 2018 at 12:22 pm

        Grace not Grave – bloody auto correct 🙄

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