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Deep Dive into Yoga Classes for the Lower Body

Yoga for lower body pain & dysfunction is the first class I thought of for the studio. With so many affected by chronic illness symptoms specific to the lower body, and not enough focus on adjusting for those individuals in more common yoga classes, I felt it needed special attention.

These small group classes are a great way to bridge the gap between your last day of physical therapy and keeping up with physical activities that support your progress.

It's an appropriate class to take between chiropractic adjustments, massages or other manual therapies.

Classes are modified for safe practice most commonly for:

  • General musculoskeletal low back pain

  • General lower body immobility or extreme tightness

  • Post injury/surgery & rehab

  • Degenerative disc disease

  • Arthritis of the lumbar spine, hips & knees

  • Hip/knee replacements

  • Osteoporosis

  • Plantar fasciitis

  • Sciatica

Why lower body, not whole body?

I believe integrative movement of the whole body is extremely important to support us better in everyday activities and more. But for some of you struggling with issues specific to the lower body, it can be more beneficial to your progress in movement to breakdown lower body function and focus the whole hour on the issues at hand. When classes are structured this way, I'm able to progress you from restorative postures - corrective exercises - yoga poses that integrate mobility and strengthening of the low body pertaining to your condition. The happier your lower body, the happier your upper body will be as well. I'll delve into that deeper in another blog...

How can classes be created for people with different issues in the lower body?

When students pre-register and make me aware of their conditions, I'm able to better plan my sequence to serve everyone in class. Open communication during class is essential. It's necessary to talk openly and honestly about what you're feeling during class. Because of this, my lesson plans frequently change course once we're practicing depending on the needs of the students. Every class relies on the monitoring and adjusting of each student individually in each exercise to get the best results.

How are classes modified for safe practice?

Props, props and more props. It's all about supporting the body where it needs it with the appropriate yoga props for that exercise. Once you're supported and comfortable, you're able to practice slow intentional movements.


Interested in taking a class with me? www.vagaro.com/modifiedmovement/classes

Have questions of your own? www.modifymymovement.com/contact

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