Pilates or Yoga

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volfan
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   Posted 2/9/2008 4:03 PM (GMT -7)   
Has anyone tried any of those to help with back and leg pain? The meditation aspects of yoga are very appealing to me but I don't know where to begin. If anyone has any advice please chime in.
Have a Blessed Day yeah

PAlady
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   Posted 2/9/2008 4:22 PM (GMT -7)   
First, there are many types of yoga. Make sure you find an experienced teacher, and a class that's geared toward people who have pain, physical limitations, etc. But yoga has many beneficial health benefits, not the least of which come from the integrative approach to mind, body and spirit. Meditation can also be done without yoga. There are many excelent resources and this is one way of helping to block pain messages to the brain - although it may not cure the cause. I have a Pilates machine in my home which I've used for about 10 years. I love it - it's the only exercise I actualy LOVE, and now since my back surgery I've had to severely limit my routine. Either yoga or pilates is great, but I'd suggest finding a teacher rather than just using a video - especially someone who can help you make the adjustments tailored to your specific needs. Hope this helps.

hazelB
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   Posted 2/10/2008 12:05 AM (GMT -7)   
If you can join a gym most have yoga and pilates. They have different levels and techniques for many diffrent people. There is alot of benefit in going to a class over doing it solo at home. But PAlady is right if your interested in the meditation aspect of yoga there are tons of cd's and books available to guide you. Books arent as helpful except to explain in depth the benefits of certain mediations. If meditation is one of your prime intrests a gret place to go is a type of new age shop or metaphysical store if you have one in your area. They tend to have so many different types on CD you can listen to and follow there visualizations. I meditate very often and find it very helpful in coping with stress and depression that can arise with chronic pain.
of course you can always look up meditaion CD's online.
I would be happy to start you off with a meditation I use often that is great for relaxation.
I'll be posting some on my web blog in the next few days
take a look around and see if there is any info helpful to you. I have experimented with alot of alternative healing techniques which have helped in alot of different ways.
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volfan
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   Posted 2/10/2008 12:27 PM (GMT -7)   
Thanks Ladies,
Both of your responses are very helpful. The problem with resources is that I live in a very rural area I do however have access to a local gym but they don't get into the meditation aspects of yoga. I would be very interested in your posts hazelB and will look for them. You mentioned new age and metaphysical, can meditation be approached from a Christian prospective? I know the Bible speaks of meditation but that's about all I do know about it. (meditation that is)
Thanks again and Have a Blessed Day!

PAlady
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   Posted 2/10/2008 3:02 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi,
The best resources on meditation/guided imagery & similar approaches can be found at www.healthjourneys.com. The woman who does most of them is Belleruth Naparstek, a therapist who started many years ago working with the Cleveland Clinic, and now lectures nationwide. Her materials are used in a lot of research (which you can also find at this site). She's the most credible person out there, and I say this as a professional with 30 years of experience (and I have no connection to her other than that I myself use her materials and recommend them to others). If you want someting with a Christian focus, I'd suggest researching Contemplative Prayer. It's meditation focused on Christian themes. But even relaxing music or nature sounds can be excellent - do what you feel connected to.

hazelB
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   Posted 2/10/2008 3:44 PM (GMT -7)   
oh yeah absolutly. Metaphysical stores just have a wide aray of meditation tapes and healing CD's. Meditaions are based out of the human experience and what our minds are able to do. If you do read my posts on my blog do keep in mind that they are based out of a mixture of beiefs, such as using an animal guide in one of my meditations. I tell you this upfront because I dont want to offend you in any way and be taken back by any of my meditations. But they are not based in anything negative or bad. I work only with light and love. That info is just in case you want to check out my blog...
I hope you find what your looking for:):):)
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volfan
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   Posted 2/11/2008 8:22 AM (GMT -7)   
Thanks again,
And don't worry, I am not easily offended. Both realms are in search of something and they may end up being the same. The more I research the more I am convinced of this.
Have a Blessed Day and enjoy the Light!
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