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Very new to yoga question on sore back

BellaDonna2010-07-04 17:39:36 +0000 #1
Hi, I am very new to Yoga and do not have a teacher (work, time, money!) and currently use a dvd to learn. I am really finding the practise wonderful, I am much more supple after just a couple of weeks. The only problem I have is pain between my shoulder blades which won't shift. As I am trying to teach myself, I could do with some advice on a good asana to help alleviate this pain. It is a tightness across the upper back, and occasional burning sensation across the shoulders. Any advice or help would be appreciated.
InnerAthlete2010-07-04 17:47:49 +0000 #2
Hello BD,

You'd have to offer up much more information than you've thus far shared if you want a sound, well thought out answer.

In addition to a bit about you (age, fitness level, health issues) I'd also need info regarding your current practice.

Are you having pain in the asana (postures) practice itself? Particular poses? You are obviously doing the same sequence over and over since it's a dvd, is that correct? How long is the practice? Which DVD are you using? Are you practicing in the morning or evening and just once per day?

Do you have the pain at night or in the morning? Does it feel better when lying down? Does it feel better with a warm shower?

There just aren't enough clues here.
BellaDonna2010-07-04 18:29:33 +0000 #3
OK, sorry about that. I'm 38, slim, but not very fit. I work desk bound all day, one of the reasons I felt yoga would be beneficial.

I get no pain when in the asanas, but have suffered frozen shoulder in the past. I have had upper back and shoulder pain for months now, and hoped that some good postures would help. So, I was hoping someone could advise on a good asana to loosen and releive this area. The pain increases throughout the day and is worst at night when I get home. It is releived by warm baths, but feels no better when lying down. I'm using a dvd a friend gave me, Wai Lana, it's not strenuous and I find the postures pleasant and feel very relaxed at the end. I have also got a book, and have tried some postures in that- strangely, I find a half shoulder stand feels amazing, and I would have expected that to hurt.

Is this enough info for you?
InnerAthlete2010-07-04 18:23:46 +0000 #4
This does not sound muscular to me.

My general position on therapeutic issues is that they warrant therapeutic approaches.

Many mistakenly believe that yoga=wellness. In fact the formula is Appropriate Yoga = Wellness. So while I'm not familiar with the exact DVD program you are following it is probably not therapeutically inclined.

Though I am not a physician (and you may want to see one) I know some experience relief from Chiropractic. If you've had upper back and shoulder pain for months AND you've had a frozen shoulder, your body is asking you for a dialogue about something you are doing that it does not care for. Perhaps that means an ergonomic review of your workspace, a change in jobs, diet, or lifestyle, or some deeper work.

Or you can rake the topsoil and try seated Garudasana and Gomukhasana.

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