Yoga for combating stress

By correctionsnurse1 Latest Reply 2013-10-04 19:07:00 -0500
Started 2013-09-30 23:18:10 -0500

I am thinking about resuming a light work - out regime using yoga to help relieve stress, relieve my chronic back pain, and incorporate much needed exercise. Anyone have know if any good, low - impact DVD's that would fit what I'm looking for? Life had been very stressful and I've been feeling like crap, not eating much, dehydration, and bouncing BS, uggghh. Think the yoga will be very beneficial.
Hope everyone is doing well.

21 replies

locarb 2013-10-04 19:07:00 -0500 Report

I took yoga classes for two years. During that time I learned enough to "practice" yoga alone. It helps me with neuropathy as much as, or more than, medication. There is a lot of misunderstanding regarding yoga. Before anyone convinces you that you can't do it; there is "chair yoga" for seniors or people with disabilities that modify any of the "asanas" or moves that may be beneficial to you. You also should not do anything that is painful to you because there is always something else to do that will not cause pain or injury.

I admire that you're open to trying it. Don't expect an immediate remedy for every ailment, but you will see benefits in a relatively brief period of time. Things like posture, strength, balance and endurance can also improve simultaneously.

tabby9146 2013-10-04 15:39:45 -0500 Report

Yoga will definitely help with all of that. I do it almost everyday. I just get on You Tube and do some of the ones I see, that I have liked and I especially like Denise Austin. I do have a DVD of hers but it is aerobics Type in her name on YT and so many good routines will come up, light yoga, power yoga, cardio yoga , even yoga just for relaxation.

correctionsnurse1 2013-10-04 16:34:08 -0500 Report

Thanks… But i just made a ton of medication changes and trying to figure out something for the pain w/I resorting to pain meds. Just went off my Byetta, and starting Novolog SS with meals, but keeping my Lantus (just decreasing to 60 units), and keeping my zip Metformin. Wow, what a mouthful! Think I am going to take this in pieces and discuss this with my MD, now that I have a "real" one.

kittiebittie 2013-10-04 00:41:41 -0500 Report

I know people that have similar if not the same kind of back problems as you. They are not allowed to do yoga. They were told it will push and pull on your spine causing severe pain. You could even cause further damage. That is what they told me. D: If you still want to give it a try, maybe try contacting a yoga teacher or holistic doctor. Maybe they can give you a safe routine to do and teach you the correct way to make the postures to make absolutely sure nothing will happen. (this was supposed to be a reply. . .my computer made a boo boo. T_T)

kittiebittie 2013-10-02 20:48:57 -0500 Report

I have done yoga for 10 yrs now. What I used I have never found again. I Youtube and read instructional books now. There is a site called "yogarecipe" where instructors have composed yoga sequences people can follow for a small fee. That might help you. Also- you need to ask a doctor if you can do yoga. I am pretty sure you cannot, reading what you said you have going on. Try Tai chi! Similar, but it will not mess with your back issues.

correctionsnurse1 2013-10-03 07:41:56 -0500 Report

Thank you so much for your input. But based on what had been said, why is it that you do not believe I will be able to do yoga? Just curious.

Stuart1966 2013-10-01 16:13:14 -0500 Report

Hatha-Yoga, will be as good (or bad) as the instructor you have… a DVD will certainly work, giving you the physical aspects, the most simplistic mechanics of the many techniques (asana, pranayama), but only to a very, very basic point.

In exactly the same way we get numbers from our meters, but so what!?!? Unless you know what to do with that very basic information, how to use it, what to do with it… the information is not too helpful, by itself.

Yoga will help soft-tissue issues. Does not require equipment, though a bolster, a belt/strap can be very useful… do not push yourself too hard. Yoga is not about injuring yourself, its about saying hello to parts and pieces we're ignored or forgotten for a while.

Do not go fast, be consistant in whatever you choose to do. A live teacher will be far more help, make corrections, modifications if they know what they are doing. The weekend certified teachers not so much, those with 10, 20 or more years… they are gems, or can be.

correctionsnurse1 2013-10-01 16:41:26 -0500 Report

Thanks for the advice Stuart :-) I managed to complete 15 minutes of yoga today, but my back is already flared and I just can't stand to do much of anything. Don't mean to be pessimistic, just hurting and need relief.

Stuart1966 2013-10-02 22:55:52 -0500 Report

Are we talking spasms, nerve pain, inflammation, you know this list, better than I do!

If you are suffering, in pain, relief which hatha-yoga can provide is certainly possible, but will greatly depend on the type/kind.

Any chance you've explored Yoga Journal? They have many discussions, & articles from various PT's and a host of discussions on their website, been a while but they were very good message boards.

If its straight-up inflammation, betting heat and a little rest wont hurt. As a martial artist, there are some who ignore their suffering, their pain, and "push themselves" through it. Most need to be strapped into a straight jacket, and FORCED to rest, until they heal a little bit, then can practice, or rest as much as they wish. "…I'm sick, I should PRACTICE… aaaah no, get out of here, you need to get better THEN you can come back, once you are… shoooo

Please be careful, pushing too hard, only works to a very tiny point, there is such a thing as self-injury, and is avoidable!

Assess the source of your pain, discomfort, suffering, and make some judgments. Will rest help? Heat? Need a gentle massage? Meds Perhaps all four?

Who's DVD did you end up using? Or was it one of the morning Cable/TV programs? The library? All kinds of possibilities…

TaraZinyk 2013-09-30 23:52:37 -0500 Report

Do you know of any back exercises?? I would google those I know there are at home ones. Do you have a back condition or just a sore back generally?

correctionsnurse1 2013-09-30 23:56:16 -0500 Report

No, I actually have 3 compressed discs and a shorter and narrower SI on the left. My disc issue was r/t a nursing back injury.

TaraZinyk 2013-10-01 00:01:24 -0500 Report

Oh gosh!! Have you tried physio?? Sorry I work in disability claims so I'm not trying to be nosy, more helpful. Swimming is a good one too!

correctionsnurse1 2013-10-01 00:17:55 -0500 Report

No, I haven't tried physio. No insurance. I know as a nurse water aerobics would be great, but right now is the lack of funds. I also have polyneuropathy and the extent of the nerve damage is unknown at this point.

TaraZinyk 2013-09-30 23:34:56 -0500 Report

I go to yoga and it really helps!!! I would go to even Walmart and just find beginners yoga

correctionsnurse1 2013-09-30 23:39:10 -0500 Report

Thanks. It had been a while since I have done yoga, but I have to do something. But at the same time, I do not want to waste money on something that I will not be able to do. I am really looking for something to target back strengthening.

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