Why You Get Better At Yoga

By increasing the levels of the hormone oxytocin, yoga can strengthen both your social and physical connections. Oxytocin, which is released during intimate interactions, helps people feel secure and connected both at work and at home.

As a psychiatrist, I find it interesting that so many people I consider “healthy” have chronic joint pain. Most people with arthritis, heart disease, glaucoma, or Parkinson’s suffer from joint pain. You may think you are fine, but you can’t even lie without feeling some strain in your knees, ankles, or wrists. It looks at first like arthritis is inevitable. But it’s not. Most people with arthritis can take a short course of steroids. I was told by a chiropractor that I have a degenerative joint condition and should try to take the steroids. He said in 20 years I’d be back on the roller coaster. That’s nonsense.

The reason for this is that I have two osteoporosis discs in my spine. Even if steroids helped me take that 20 year off, it wouldn’t actually improve my joint pain. This is why I believe that many people with arthritis have an evolutionary advantage. As a result of living in a place where people who are stronger and more fit will dominate, and in a society where the stronger are expected more to take care of the weaker, most people who are healthy suffer from pain.

The best way to deal with arthritis pain and joint-related pain in general is to make sure we are as healthy as possible and eat a diet of whole food foods. The last thing we should do is to go back to our Stone Age days and eat processed food. I’m not saying stop eating meat, eggs, dairy, fruits and vegetables. But why would you? I am.

I started doing yoga when I was in college. I knew I had a problem with my knee after playing the basketball team, but I didn’t realize how much until I read an article in the Harvard Medical Journal two months before graduation. The article showed that all people, even those who had arthritis, who did yoga had significantly less osteoarthritis. After that I started trying to incorporate yoga into my daily routine.

I’ve had many long periods of pain in my knees. I’ve played on a tennis and soccer team, both of which are sports with long and hard collisions, but I am still dealing with arthritis in my hip and other places in my back. And I’ve found that I get better at yoga when I’m in pain. I can take a week’s break from yoga and recover. It was the same when I was injured. When I had my third bout of knee pain, I went for a week of yoga. The yoga helped me recover much quicker than I normally would have made it through.

I began yoga because of a combination of factors: I have osteoarthritis in the hip, my knees are very sensitive, and I started trying to do yoga for my back pain. In the past I had tried the traditional, body weight yoga. I had a lot of difficulty maintaining a gentle and even pace. My back hurt, so I needed to find something else. I had some good students, who helped me work through my pain, and in the end, yoga made a lot of sense.

The only problem that I had was that I felt a bit embarrassed with the physicality of yoga and wasn’t sure what to expect. When it all started, I thought I was doing a lot of crunches. Later, I found out that in yoga I had very gentle stretches and was still able to do the yoga postures I found helpful. There are people who have difficulty with yoga because they are intimidated by a lot of the equipment and technique. I’ve found out that those people can find a class that has a level of class that is appropriate to their abilities and tolerance.

One of my favorite parts of yoga is getting a good stretch after every pose. The first pose I did was the standing arm and leg poses.