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Guywithapen2010-07-05 02:36:15 +0000 #1
So I've been battling depression for a while now, and decided to try out yoga, in the comfort of my own livingroom. I found some instructional yoga videos, learned some poses, learned how to breath, and tried it out. I absolutely noticed a difference in my mood, so it's something I want to keep doing.

But here are my concerns - my legs feel refreshed today, but my lower back is sore. I am very very unflexible, and have no concept of my center of gravity (something I was hoping yoga could help me with.) so there for I'm worried that some of these poses may actually hurt me. My lower back is sore from the cobra pose. I believe the pose builds strength in the muscles of the lower back, so it could be that I simply worked out muscles I hadn't used much before, but is there a chance I could end up doing damage to my spine if I'm doing these poses incorectly? Is my being sore a warning sign that I'm doing it incorectly, or does it mean I'm doing it right?

Thanks in advance
xela2010-07-05 02:51:51 +0000 #2
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Originally Posted by Guywithapen



So I've been battling depression for a while now, and decided to try out yoga, in the comfort of my own livingroom. I found some instructional yoga videos, learned some poses, learned how to breath, and tried it out. I absolutely noticed a difference in my mood, so it's something I want to keep doing.

But here are my concerns - my legs feel refreshed today, but my lower back is sore. I am very very unflexible, and have no concept of my center of gravity (something I was hoping yoga could help me with.) so there for I'm worried that some of these poses may actually hurt me. My lower back is sore from the cobra pose. I believe the pose builds strength in the muscles of the lower back, so it could be that I simply worked out muscles I hadn't used much before, but is there a chance I could end up doing damage to my spine if I'm doing these poses incorectly? Is my being sore a warning sign that I'm doing it incorectly, or does it mean I'm doing it right?

Thanks in advance

Welcome to the forum!! Yoga is a great tool to use for anxiety, depression among other things!

The first time I ever did yoga (to a DVD) I was so sore for 6 days that I couldn't even work out!! I think its normal because we are using muscles that we didn't know we had. I was an active person too, so just take it easy and don't push yourself too hard. It will all come in to place soon enough.

Namaste!
Guywithapen2010-07-05 03:19:54 +0000 #3
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Welcome to the forum!! Yoga is a great tool to use for anxiety, depression among other things!

The first time I ever did yoga (to a DVD) I was so sore for 6 days that I couldn't even work out!! I think its normal because we are using muscles that we didn't know we had. I was an active person too, so just take it easy and don't push yourself too hard. It will all come in to place soon enough.

Namaste!

Thanks for the reply! I can handle soreness/pain, I was just making sure I wasn't hurting myself. I'm really excited about yoga though, so I'll certainly keep at it, and I hope to try and stay active on these forums.
InnerAthlete2010-07-05 03:48:20 +0000 #4
Improper alignment and action in Bhujangasana is incredibly common even among those perceiving themselves as intermediate students.

If you are feeling compression in the lower back (lumbar spine) then it's likely you are not awash in "right" action. Compressing that portion of the spine can be "not in your best interest".

Sorenesss alone is not enough of a barometer.
Guywithapen2010-07-05 03:22:06 +0000 #5
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Improper alignment and action in Bhujangasana is incredibly common even among those perceiving themselves as intermediate students.

If you are feeling compression in the lower back (lumbar spine) then it's likely you are not awash in "right" action. Compressing that portion of the spine can be "not in your best interest".

Sorenesss alone is not enough of a barometer.

hmm... it really feels more like how I feel after overdoing a workout in the gym, much more like a muscle issue. I'm not sure how much the cobra pose actually compresses my spine, but I was doing the catcow pose after to stretch out the muscles and spine.

I'm unfamiliar with the term Bhujangasana, is this a form of Yoga?

Are there any books you can recommend I pick up to understand the subject of yoga better?

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