Does Therapeutic = Feel Good?

Does Therapeutic = Feel Good?

April 2

If something is therapeutic, does that mean it feels good?

   *One teacher said that she followed the ‘no pain no gain’ philosophy. If something is therapeutic, it should hurt.
   *Another teacher said that when she first started practicing yoga – eveything hurt: her back, her knees. That was all part of her path. Now she feels differently.
   *It seems some students feel that yoga should be relaxing and easy. They can be very cautious and won’t go to their edge where the possibility for change exists.
   *How DO we know when to back off and listen to our body, and when to go forward with discomfort or even pain?
   *Asking for the opinion and guidance of a trusted source could be a helpful step.

Supine:
    Shoulder flexion
    Hip flexion, with hamstring stretch
    Garuda legs: in & out
    Garuda legs in boat
    Rep 2nd side

Sukhasana Warm Up:
    Arms up
    Gomukha arms with forward bend
    Twist
    Side/Twist/Back bend
    Rep 2nd side

All Fours:
    Bird Dog, forever
    Parighasana Prep
    Figure 8′s for hip
    Child’s Pose
    Rep 2nd side

Down Dog
Plank
Knees Chest Chin
Sphinx
Shalabhasana
Side lying Shalabhasana

Lunges
    Deep lunge to Parsvottanasana several times before holding Parsvott.

Utt

Standing Poses
    Vira 1
    Parsvott. Prep with Gomukha arms
    Pari Trik
    Twisted Child
    Vajrasana
    DD with twist
    Vashista
    DD to jump forward
    Rep 2nd side

Handstand

Hip Opening a la Glenn:
    seated one knee flexed foot flat, opp leg ext like Upavista
    Rep 2nd side
    Squat

Ardha Urdhva Dhan with Shoulder Opening
    Shoulder flexion
    1/2 wheel with shoulder flexion
    Lower torso, one vert at a time, with arms overhead
    Urdhva Dhanurasana or rep Ardha Urdhva Dhan

Jathara Parivarta

Savasana
    to You Can Close Your Eyes by Matthew Sweet and Susanna Hoffs

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