Gentle Yoga: Most Underrated of Style of Yoga
In the last several weeks I’ve been struggle with upper back pain somewhere between the shoulder blades.
I’ve been doing various things to remedy the backache, like applying Salonpas patches, taking an epsom salt bath,
various Yoga poses at home, and even massage.
Gentle Yoga is a form of restorative Yoga, which gives the impression that it’s for Senior Citizens or those who are afflicted with physical problems like myself.
Granted, Gentle Yoga has helped me somewhat when I go to the Yoga classes at the YMCA, but I’m now convinced this is truly the Yoga to follow when you want to gain more peaceful calm AND release more energy to do the things you need to do.
In Western Society, our emphasis is in doing things in a big, dramatic way. And that is how the so-called Power Yoga styles came to be. It’s like the West needs to emphasize sweating and physical exertion to get some sort of outcome.
The thing is, a more meditative, gentle approach to Yoga is not a form of ‘wimping out’. I mean, I’ve seen this a few times at the Gentle Yoga classes at the ‘Y’. People thing this restorative form of Yoga is to easy, and that’s where they miss the entire point.
What I’ve experienced from taking Gentle Yoga classes is that I’ve gotten more energy outside of the classes, and as a musician I believe it’s boosted my musical performance.
And, I think also that it has something to do with releasing the prana or chi that is found in our bodies. Gentle Yoga to me seems like a subtler way to release this energy, by staying in poses longer and properly stretching the muscles.
Although the Gentle Yoga name itself seems to describe an easier approach to Yoga, its more meditative and slower style helps the mind more, and we all know that the mind and body are connected. So, whatever benefits the mind will benefit the body in some way.
Getting back into the Asanas in general has improved my life experience, helped me to be more active in other aspects of my life. Instead of wearing the body down, Yoga rejuvenates the body, and fine tunes the mind, and nurtures the soul.