I had this terrible ache in my right shoulder, early 1st Jan morning. It ached like I had a heart attack… Not that I have ever experienced one but I imagine it hurt just as bad. I couldn’t knead the chappati dough that morning nor pull on my socks to go for a walk…
Now everyone who knows me well knows I am not one to pop a pain killer or go to the doctor …
So my usual prying analytical brain raced with curious schemes on how to work this shoulder back to form. The growing uneasiness that I would have to miss another day of Dipti’s Yoga made me search the net for exercises to cure some form of bursitis (what I found my symptoms were)
This is what I found:
Yeah there were a few other exercises too, But this one gave me instant relief and I actually shook off the pain for good. From the very next day 2nd Jan I was back to doing 31 Suryanamaskars don’t let that number fool you this is still meager compared to her famous 50 Suryanamaskars or the mean 108 Suryanamaskars!
What really struck me was an Asana as simple as Tadasna which Deepti manages to incorporate daily into our yoga regimes…has so many benefits. An Asana where we get the impression that we are merely standing still..cured me!
Benefits of Mountain Pose:
Apart from curing backache and shoulder pain
helps rid of : hypertension,
Strengthens thighs, knees, and ankles
Increases strength, power, and mobility in the feet, legs, and hips
Firms abdomen and buttocks
Reduces flat feet
Develops strength and flexibility
simultaneously, especially in the spine
Relieves tension, aches, and pains throughout the body
Improves blood circulation
Encourages healthy digestion and elimination
Leaves you feeling refreshed and rejuvenated
Expels dullness and depression
Harmonizes the body and mind
Increases energy and enthusiasm
I have been a believer in the fact that exercise has this ability to not just expand our lungs… But it gets us into the habit of breathing deeply, filling our pores nerves and blood with oxygen. In the process it helps to open blockages not only in the energy pathways of our bodies but it begins the process in our minds too!
Infact in my search for exercises for the shoulder there was one particular person who stated his experience with shoulder pain or any other pain for that matter :
“All the doctors I met of conventional medicine or alternative methods said If you just rest enough Your shoulder bursitis will go away, your back pain will go away, your knee pain will go away, your foot pain will go away .
All of it will go away if you just stopped moving
I discovered over time that resting wasn’t making things any better for me . Then I embarked on the journey of learning to heal with exercise and knowing exactly what exercise would help me”.
And Dipti has I must say made me and many other students experience just this !
I myself and many ardent students of hers have come to her class with the excruciating free giveaways of chicken gunia or other such debilitating illnesses like joint pains or immobility. She has patiently but confidentially with just simple yoga brought us each back with strength to freedom!
But in the process she has us hooked to yoga for life!
Yoga has many benefits… many I cannot cover here..
But today I only want to draw you to the fact that it is a far better and more lasting cure than any pill we may want to pop into our mouths. This painful experience has only served to anchor this belief in me!