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Bikram vs Iyengar

Alix2010-07-04 19:12:23 +0000 #1
Hi all. I know someone will be more informed than I am about this. Can someone comment on whether Bikram would be more beneficial to someone with knee issues than would Iyengar?

A friend of mine has knee pain and his chiropractor (don't get me started there) has recommended Bikram yoga. I suggested he start gently with some Hatha/Iyengar.

I believe his problem is alignment (isn't it always?) as he also has neck, hip and other pain from time to time. I've gone through some very basic sequences with him. (breathing, sage pose, twisted sage, then into sun salutations, a few hip openers and thats about it) just to give him some place to start. He reports it felt "good" but his hips hurt. Less knee pain after.

I know very little about Bikram other than it is "hot" and supposed to be wonderful for joint openers. My concern is that my friend has never done ANY yoga and if he starts with Bikram he may overstretch and really do some damage.

Anyone have any suggestions to offer here?
Pandara2010-07-04 19:21:28 +0000 #2
Hi Alix,

Totally outside of yoga and I had sofar success in all 6 cases I worked with. Knees refer to the ego, usually people with knee problems have a problem with a stubborn ego and pride, they won't give in or they are very inflexible in their attitude towards something or somebody. All of this is usually based in fear and if you can help the person to discover the root of all of this fear and with the help of gentle yoga asanas, I find that the knee problem becomes somthing of the past. I like to include more of the triconoasanas to increse the flexibility in the knee joints, but very slow and only a few at a time.
Alix2010-07-04 19:26:44 +0000 #3
Wow. Pandara, did you hit the nail on the head with that! Ok, I will do as you suggest. I think that is completely workable.
Pandara2010-07-04 19:23:48 +0000 #4
Hi Alix,

Glad I could be of help. Louise L. Hay's book Heal Your Body is invaluable for such cases and if you can get hold of it, buy or order it.
Mirjana2010-07-04 19:35:22 +0000 #5
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Originally Posted by Pandara



Hi Alix,

Totally outside of yoga and I had sofar success in all 6 cases I worked with. Knees refer to the ego, usually people with knee problems have a problem with a stubborn ego and pride, they won't give in or they are very inflexible in their attitude towards something or somebody. All of this is usually based in fear and if you can help the person to discover the root of all of this fear and with the help of gentle yoga asanas, I find that the knee problem becomes somthing of the past. I like to include more of the triconoasanas to increse the flexibility in the knee joints, but very slow and only a few at a time.

I've heard before that knees refer to the ego. I'm curious if problems in other joints in a body also refer to some specific mental imbalances?

Thanks
Pandara2010-07-04 20:32:56 +0000 #6
Hi Mirjana,

Yes, each body part refer to something else, see the titel of the book above in my message to Alix. For example, problems in the wrists refer to the fact that many people deny themselves certain things or that they feel powerless to support themselves may it be financially, emotionally or physically.

The book I mentioned above is enlightening to say the least, I have solved many of my own issues/problems/dis-eases/illness by solving the underlying issue which is usually based in fear.

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