Yoga Yoga yoga!?

Question by Heafelomins: Yoga Yoga yoga!?
Well I have for some unknown reason develop a fear for some Asanas…because I am practically afraid of breaking my bones…Like for example the head Asanas where all your weight goes to your head or the one where your legs go over your head…I am basically afraid of loosing balance and breaking something even if I am with my teacher!!! Any one had something similar? Any way to overcome this? I think I am just going to give it a go and maybe with time and by becoming used to the new Asanas it will get better…Also I have realized that I have no strength in my arms…some arm asanas are just impossible! Any tips? any arm strengthening exercises?

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Answer by Gypsy
When practicing yoga it is important to remember that one will only do what our body is capable of doing, as time goes by from experience our body gains more flexibility and the ability to practice a posture becomes easier. Strength, it is a also matter of time and practice.

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3 Responses to “Yoga Yoga yoga!?”

  1. With yoga you should gradually build up to the harder poses. It may take you weeks to get there, but by the time you do your body is strong enough to hold the poses. Hopefully by that time you will have the confidence to do them. Good luck!

  2. The reason all the weight goes on your head in the ‘head asanas’ is the lack of arm (and shoulder) strength you mention. Your arms and shoulders are supposed to take most of the weight while in head stand, but if they are not strong enough (or long enough!) your weight ends up on your head and neck. You are right to be afraid of this, because it is very dangerous! A wrong move with all that weight on your head and neck and you could be seriously injured. Your fear is justified, and you should heed the wisdom of your body here.

    What you need to do is ignore your yoga teacher when she takes the class upside down (I personally hardly ever teach headstand in a class setting, I am too afraid someone will crack their neck while I am helping someone else). Work on your arm and shoulder strength instead. Do plenty of crocodiles (4 limbed staff pose) going up and down with your shoulders strong and your body as flat as a plank (‘yoga pushups’). Start on your knees and as your strength increases move to your toes.

    Try dolphin. Then walk your feet in towards the body from dolphin and then gently lowering the head to the floor and pushing it back away from the floor again. Repeat until your shoulders get tired. Do plenty of ab work to be able to gently lift your legs when you are ready for head stand instead of having to kick up (that makes it far more unbalanced and potentially dangerous). Feel confident in your strength before you let anybody talk you into going upside down!

    I think the other pose you describe is shoulder stand. This can be done walking the feet up the wall to stay in control while you learn the pose. Also, supporting the shoulders with a pile of flat blankets makes it easier (leave your head and neck OFF the blankets to create more space for your neck and to keep the weight off). Don’t ever – ever – turn your head while in shoulderstand (or bridge pose, or plow pose), again, serious injury could result.

    Listen to your body’s wisdom, it is steering you right. You’ll know when you’re ready and until you are there is plenty you can do to get ready.

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    Good luck