is a way of life,
your life is yoga.
Yoga asanas/postures are a way to start the process for our mind to be in conscious awareness. The goal is to calm our mental activity and open our spiritual center.
Yoga began with the Vedas and ancient Tantra 5 000 years ago. The earliest text, written, 2 500 years ago, is the Bhagavad Gita, the Lord´s Song.
Patanjali known as the father of yoga, did for 1 800 years ago expand the Bhagavad Gita into Yoga Sutras.
How to be happy, content and joyful is the question we all at one point ask ourselves. To question wether you are on the right track and are doing what brings you joy might be the best investment you can do.
To look for it outside of yourself, might just give you a moment of happiness as you cannot control the outside world. Mindtransformation, that is the goal of meditation, will expand your compassion and loving kindness to all beings everywhere.
A wonderful place to start your search is to look at the page of the «Happiest man alive», Matthieu Ricard. He was dubbed this after scientists imaged his brain. He is a Buddhist monk, the Frenchs translator for the Dalai Lama, author and photograher.
The Pursuit of Happiness project has more than a 100 expert volouteers that read studies about happiness and publish the ideas online for free.
A study form Harvard, following over 200 Harvard men in close to 80 years, revealed that «close relationships, more than money and fame, are what keep people happy throughout their lives.» When it comes to marriage I have found no one better than Drs. John and Julie Gottman, their work are extraordinary, they have over 4 decades studied how to mend troubled marriages and how to strengthen healthy ones. When it comes to being single you might get a boost from this article
The world happiness Report identifies six factors: income, healthy life expectancy, social support, freedom, trust and generosity. Daniel Gilbert, Professor happiness from Harvard, says we know a little money to a poor person buys a great amount of happiness, a lot of money to a rich person buys a little happiness.
I urge you to try meditation for the feeling of freedom, trust and generosity. You may start with the wonderful loving kindness mediation, as also noted by Forbes, and may continue with chakra-, mantra- and/or mindfulness mediation. Mother Teresa also has written Meditations from A simple Path available on Amazon.
The more and longer you practice the better you´ll become, as with anything, some days I do 5 minutes some days an hour. It is your choice and your lifestyle that determines your possibilites.
First of all, all pain is personal. Your pain and how you relate to it might be different from my pain and how I relate to it. What is universal is that it hurts. It might come from an accident or one might have a pain disease. For some, it is enough to slow down a bit, and the pain gradually goes away, for others it may take many years to become painfree.
The first thing I want to emphasis is that a therapist that you feel helps you, is worth its weight in gold. You might have to try a few before you find the right one(s). There are indivdual therapists and there are therapists working in pain cliniques. If you ask people for recommendations and they sound genuine by all means try it. What degree a therapist have obviously matters a lot, but also what kind of courses they have taken after can be of invaluable help for you. Tell your therapist everything, it is the only way they can help you as good as possible.
Secondly, stress. Stress is one of the most important factors for pain both physical and mental. Try to establlish routines that makes it relaxing to live. It can be all from making dinners one day for keeping in the freezer, deciding that based on your budget you might need a year of not buying more clothes, or surround yourself with wonderfull flowers, crystal stones and air freshner. Yoga is wonderfull for relaxation, try Yoga Nidra, meditation or a restorative class at a yoga studio.
Thirdly, working out. Nothing is more essential for a pain patient than working out. It sounds contradictory, getting more pain, I am already in pain, yes, I know. YogaUonline with Baxter Bell MD explains why yoga is good for you.
If you wonder if yoga are for you, do take care and read through what painHealth recommends. Also if you feel yoga is too much, try gentle stretching from Harvard Health If stretching is too much lay in Savasana, find your mat and get it going.
Fourth, being ill is a wonderful time to get to know yourself. Investigate your possibilites and limitations. Try journaling, talking to a friend, read uplifting books, listen to audio, watch fun movies and documentaries or start a blog.
Parts of my story
I have had pain after an accident for over 15 years. Most likely my central nervous system collapsed. Gradually it has been rebuilt by Chiropractor Lothe that also knows Anatomy Trains and craniosacral therapy.
I have done mostly yoga, weights and cardio in order to improve. I cannot recommend this combination more strongly for pain patients.
After my accident I was only able to do 5 minutes of stretching a day. I did it, and after a year and a half I could join a yoga studio. Today I am a yoga teacher that can join any class. I could walk 10-20 minutes, last year I spent a week walking the Camino the Santiago in Spain. It is all about one step at a time. Don´t worry about what other people do or don´t, just stay commited to yourself and you will see improvement.
Kirsti´s aim is to do yoga in order to become pain free and live with ease and happiness. Her yoga is a form that is mostly possible to follow for any pain condition, as this is the one she started with in 2005 after a head injury. She focuses on the heart chakra, and her meditation practice is filled with loving compassion and understanding of this chakra.
She has deepened her knowledge of yoga in Rishikesh, India, in 2018. In 2017 she did her 500 hours teacher training in Satyananda yoga at Yoga Skyros, Athens, Greece.
Since 2005 she has practiced/practices Satyananda-, Jivamukti-, Iyengar- and Ashtanga yoga. For meditations she loves to use Glo and to create sequences tummee works wonderfully.
She has more than 15 years of experience with pain in her body.
She has studied around the globe and holds an MSc Economics, University of Oslo, Norway.
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