Beginners: good pain vs. bad pain
"No pain, no gain"reads an old English saying coming to assert that without pain there is no gain. Do I have to suffer to make a breakthrough in Yoga? Is a practice not provided if not pull muscles, annoy the joints and complain the bones? Difficult to answer such tough questions, friend Sancho. Writes Victor Medina.
Physical activity involves effort, and the effort demand its quota of pain. Aches, punctures... The day after the Yoga session can be an ordeal. Hurt you to brows, your movements seem more the dance of the "Chiki-Chiki" and you don't want to or hear the word "yoga". You try to pronounce the syllable "Om"... and more that mantra sounds like a flamenco quejío.
During the practice of asanas, in certain actions of the body, we will experience discomfort. Knee reacts to the flexion, hip responds to the opening, shoulders are calling for attention when you turn them. Logically, the parts that shape our physical selves respond to stretch, torsion.
The keys to a respectful and attentive Yoga body reside in the attention to the sensations, patience, tenacity, and able to distinguish between "good" and "bad" pain. By good pain It is understood is we feel as a result of our efforts, and that is reflected in stiffness, certain discomfort resulting from the use of joints and body points which were in "lethargy". It is a bearable sense which allows you to continue with the practice, certain tensions that come when we stretch, bend or Veer, reflection of the flexibility and strengthening process.
Bad pain, on the other hand, is that feeling concentrated at a point body that indicates that you must stop the action you are performing. It is a warning that puts a limit to the effort. Usually located in the most fragile of the anatomy areas (shoulders, spine, knees...), as a silent scream that demand attention. Ignoring your claim can result in injury, sometimes irreversible.
The body is wise when he speaks through the feelings: warmth, pleasure,... cold pain. The mind, on the other hand, can be foolish. Excessive ambition, pride or the desire for competitive, product of thought, hurts the nobility of our body. You have to be indulgent with one itself, but not condescending. You can not live anchored in comfort, but no good point cross the threshold of the safe in Yoga.
Listen to when your body talks. Enjoy Yoga and progress in your practice.
Victor Medina is Professor of Yoga and journalist.