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imranbinyousuf2010-07-05 04:11:27 +0000 #1
My Name is Imran. I am from Saudi Arabia. Have heard miracles of yoga from my indian friends and coligues. i am hoping to have a miracle in my life as well since i have been diagnosed with "slip disk" at L5 S1 and have been in pain and numbness of right foot.

i believe that yoga can help me but unfortunately i do not have any expert available here. I look forward to have some good help from the community here.

Keep on smiling!

Mirjana2010-07-05 04:27:59 +0000 #2
Hi Imran,

welcome to the forum. It is wonderful that we can communicate and connect from all over the world!
earthsoul82010-07-05 04:52:45 +0000 #3
Hello and thank you for joining us all here at yoga forum... Your first miracle has already happened. Perfect....
xela2010-07-05 04:59:27 +0000 #4
Welcome to the forum!
Nichole2010-07-05 05:19:42 +0000 #5
Hello Imran and welcome,

There is a lot of information offered here on L5 S1. It is the most common spot for low back issues. Use the search function and look for Mukunda's advice and recommendations. I am not sure the specifics of your issue, but here are some links to get you started if you are interested in seeing what is already here that might be helpful:

If you have more questions, please start a new thread with information on your injury in the Q&A on Yoga Practice and Yoga Therapy and people will offer you what they can.

Kind wishes,
imranbinyousuf2010-07-05 05:15:39 +0000 #6
I sincerely thank all of you to welcome me on this forum.

Nichole: i saw those links but think that i will have to read some material to understand yoga terminology. Can anyone guide me in that.
Nichole2010-07-05 06:55:43 +0000 #7
Googling terms will give information and context for Yogic terms. In addition to that, I think there many here who will be happy to help you with the yoga terminology. I am going to move this over to the other forum where it will get more viewers and then you can ask whatever you'd like. Because I've trained with Mukunda, I may be able to offer some insight into what he has offered if what you've read has produced more questions about your specific injury. While this forums was established to share Mukunda's work, his traveling and teaching schedule is now substantial and he is on less. InnerAthlete is another wonderful source here at YogaForums for therapeutic Yoga and I hope he will add his recommendations too.
InnerAthlete2010-07-05 05:14:30 +0000 #8

Can you please provide more information about you.

How old are you? Are you male or female? What is your fitness background and general health? What sort of work do you do. Do you work normal hours? How is your diet, in specifics not generalities? Have you had an MRI for the diagnosis you state?

Yoga therapeutics, especially when dealing with issues of vertebral disc dysfunction, is quite complex, involved, and must be exacted with great care and mindfulness. I advocate this been done in synergy with a highly trained and competent teacher. Just as you would not perform your own surgery, so to would you not perform your own yoga therapeutics.

Of course after working with a teacher you should, ideally, learn those things which you can do on your own to heal this issue in the lower back, both physically, spiritually, and emotionally.

Generally speaking, the protocol for such an issue is to "take out" the curve in the lower back to allow the slipped disc to "go back" from whence it came. Then once that has occurred, re-introduce the curvature as appropriate to that part of the spine. With this general outline perhaps you can imagine how involved the remedy you seek may be.
imranbinyousuf2010-07-05 06:47:42 +0000 #9
Thanks InnerAthlete for your valuable insights.

I m a 37y male. almost all my life never had a healthy lifestyle. remained an excellent athelete and brilliant cricket player till my late twenties and also played occasnally after that but most of that was on natural talent without any workout. IN FACT I HAVE NEVER SEEN A GYM NEVER BEEN TO A SWIMMING POOL IN MY LIFE SO FAR. i feel that the only sorry in my life.

Health has never been good especially after 1996's jaudice which took a while to be diagnosed. Digestive system has never been good. blood pressure always howered around 60/100 till last few years.

Last couple of years had been worse: diagnosed with Anterior Osteophytes at C4,C5,C6; polyp in gallbladder; weight increased from 70kg (which had been my normal for years) to 75kg; and now this L5 S1. Though i had started a little excercises occasionally and also started playing cricket recently yet it seems that i may need to follow some fitness program now on.

I m an IT professional so work in the office but never sit for more than an hour continuosly. work in two shifts of 4 hours. 8am to 12pm and 4pm to 8pm.

Yes a had an MRI which clearly shows a disk bulge at L5 S1. The chiropracor is of the opinion that my increased tummy is also a big factor for that as it is causing my backbone to pull toward front in the center and hance causing a steep angle at L5.

As far as yoga expertise is concerned, unfortunately there is none in the rigeon am m living in. In fact yoga practices are deemed controversial here in saudi arabia. Even i cannot get any CD or material imported whcih clearly mentions that it is about yoga.

Internet is the only medium for me to learn and practice yoga, if possible.



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