Lessons from a Yoga Therapy class.

“Comfort Zone” and “Real Comfort”

Comfort is subjective. We have lived our life inside our bodies without consciousness of gravity and its relationship to properly aligned joints for freedom of muscles and bones. Because of this, we have gotten used to a habitual muscular holding that produces strain. From this lifelong habit we have formed, we have become accustomed to a wrong position that creates tension, fatigue and poor use of the function of our bodies. This positioning has created nervous system adjustments in order to establish it. Because of our nervous system programing it feels comfortable and becomes our comfort zone. This collapsed, misaligned place in our body is now our go-to position. Any re-adjustment, even if aligned, becomes uncomfortable mostly because new nervous system reflexes that are stronger than the habitual ones must be established to accomplish true comfort that incessantly strives for alignment of joints to free the muscles and bones. Real comfort is utilizing the full chain of muscles that resist gravity and support the weight of the body above ground. Your comfort zone can still be a place of strain. In your Yoga practice you should not go to your comfort zone. Go to your real comfort. The place, of course without pain, where there is consistent effort of alignment, work to keep the joints and bowls stacked and use the muscles to move the bones in a balanced relationship. Real comfort is consciousness, not your go-to comfort zone.

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2 Responses to Lessons from a Yoga Therapy class.

  1. Gabe June 5, 2013 at 11:20 am #

    Thanks Alana ,
    Funny… during my practice I’ve been thinking a lot about this subject lately – how cool is that?
    I think about how back when I was a kid I didn’t have to think about so much about how I stood or breathed… it came naturally. But maybe due to “life events”; sports injuries, lazy posture, emotional scars, roughhousing ( I had two older brothers), my atrocious sleeping habit of sleeping on my stomach and side all the time (getting better now) I feel my muscles and yes even my skeletal bones have become out of whack! I started to think it was just how I was built. Now I know this to be untrue.
    Case in point… when I first started yoga I could barely reach my fingers behind my back or stand with my feet pointing straight (I walked like a duck). Now I can clasp my hands behind my back in prayer mudra and even pull up them off my back quite a bit (maybe someday over my head completely)! Better yet I now walk like a man not like our fowl feather friends! it comes naturualy.

    Yoga and lately your style of “Yoga Therapy” has tought me to not just “power through” my practice but to go within and feel the pose from within, to gently breath into proper alignment joint by joint, muscle by muscle, cell by cell, samskara by samskara. (The hindu sanskrit word for the collective emotional baggage one carries with them, from this life, our past lives, and the collective race consciousness).

    Yoga both the asanas and the yoga we practice off the mat helps us “work” through this and it shows in how we carry our bodies and our souls. w\What a gift you share at Yoga Bound. Thank you alana. Satnam!

    Namaste!

    gabe

  2. gabe June 5, 2013 at 11:22 am #

    Thanks Alana ,
    Funny… during my practice I’ve been thinking a lot about this subject lately – how cool is that?
    I think about how back when I was a kid I didn’t have to think about so much about how I stood or breathed… it came naturally. But maybe due to “life events”; sports injuries, lazy posture, emotional scars, roughhousing ( I had two older brothers), my atrocious sleeping habit of sleeping on my stomach and side all the time (getting better now) I feel my muscles and yes even my skeletal bones have become out of whack! I started to think it was just how I was built. Now I know this to be untrue.
    Case in point… when I first started yoga I could barely reach my fingers behind my back or stand with my feet pointing straight (I walked like a duck). Now I can clasp my hands behind my back in prayer mudra and even pull up them off my back quite a bit (maybe someday over my head completely)! Better yet I now walk like a man not like our fowl feather friends! it comes naturualy.

    Yoga and lately your style of “Yoga Therapy has thought me to not just “power through” my asanas but go within and feel the pose from within, to gently breath into proper alignment joint by joint, muscle by muscle, cell by cell, samskara by samskara. (The hindu sanskrit word for the collective emotional baggage one carries with them, from this life, our past lives, and the collective race consciousness).

    Yoga both the asanas and the yoga we practice off the mat helps us “work” through this and it shows in how we carry ourselves both physically and as people. what a gift you share at Yoga Bound. Thank you. Satnam!

    Namaste!

    gabe