Yoga can help to alleviate or even cure a variety of aliments, from the physical to the psychological, and everything in between. Whether its indigestion, low back pain, or insomnia, there is a yoga cure for it. There are so many people I run into on a daily basis who would benefit from a daily yoga practice. But many are not willing to take their healing into their own hands.
Somewhere in the history of medicine in the US, we gave up our control and put everything in the hands of our doctors. Doctors are not bad, they do many great things and our society is better because of them. But doctors are humans, and humans are not all knowledgeable and can make mistakes. (Anyone read Complications?) Anytime we can be in control of our bodies and minds we will see positive health changes.
Many times the biggest obstacle in our way when we are sick or injured is fear. Fear that something we do will make it worse, or fear that the current state is the new reality. The wonderful thing about yoga is that even if you’re not able to completely alleviate the fear, you’re taking baby steps towards being in control of your body. You are not going to heal your sciatica over night (maybe you will, and that would be totally awesome), but you will begin to fill your toolbox with additional stretches and techniques that will help to minimize symptoms.
Yoga works for almost every ailment. Just by taking the baby steps towards walking into a class, you’ve committed to bettering yourself and your current state by relaxing, stretching, and being present in the moment. Make sure you let your instructor know what type of issues you’re dealing with so they can provide you with modifications and adjustments to make the practice fit you.
So what are you waiting for? Get over _______that’s been bugging you and get your booty into yoga!