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I have been going to yoga classes on and off for the past few years. Sometimes I find myself falling into a wonderful habit of going a few times a week, other times I spend a few weeks doing it everyday from home and then there are those times when I look in my diary and realise it has been three months since I really sat down and stretched. Those are the worst times.
Stretching, going to yoga, meditation and mindfulness are so important, especially for someone who is struggling with ITP on a daily basis.
I have tried to find a more scientific approach to describing the benefits of yoga but the truth is, you just have to do it to feel the benefits. One day I will do a study on Yoga and it’s effects on ITP, but for now I just have to keep chatting about anecdotal evidence.
Fitting Yoga into the Routine
Yoga is great if you can fit it into your life style without turning it into a chore. That is why I try as often as possible to keep my yoga practice at home. That way I can stay in my pyjamas, or my yoga gear (or pull dirty clothes from the washing basket). I don’t have to worry about having a shower or brushing my teeth or being late, or weather it is warm outside.
The best way to fit Yoga into your routine is to do it as often as possible. This is a great way of making sure you notice the days that you don’t so yoga and might actually start to miss it.
Yoga at Home
My favourite at home yoga is by Rodney Ye, who is pretty famous in the American yoga market, but not many Australians seem to have heard of him. I love the AM/PM YOGA DVD’S as they are designed as short 20 minute yoga sessions, that over the week add together to work through your entire body. They are addictive because you cant miss a day or you wont be even. So you keep doing them. The am session will wake you up and the pm sessions will easily wind you down.
However, there is only so much progress you can do on your own, before you need the help of some very qualified Yogi’s. A yoga class, once a week, is a great way to move forward and stay on target, as you maintain a yoga practice at home as well.
Stretching for Sleep
The body will naturally fall asleep in a safe environment when it is completely relaxed. Stress tension and worries are a large contributor to difficulty falling asleep. Muscle soreness, tightness in your joints, tension in you hips and back and pains in your neck will also hinder your ability to get comfortable and fall asleep. I have written other articles on Stretching before bed. It is the number one factor for me, in having a good night sleep. Read more about STRETCHING FOR SLEEP.
Recommended Yoga Schools in Sydney
YOGA SYNERGY – Yoga Synergy runs on 9 week cycles that follow the elements of Earth, Air, Fire, Water and Ether. Each term is a focused intensive where you follow and learn a series dedicated to that element. Each week the series becomes more complex as you become more proficient at the asanas and more familiar with the flow.
PRESHANA YOGA – Preshana Yoga is a highly disciplined yoga school, focusing on alinement and precision. The progress made while practicing at Preshana will be slow and perfect, allowing you to master more advance yoga asanas with an ease you never expected.
BLACK LOTUS – The Black Lotus Yoga Studios incorporate props, blocks and straps into their practice, which can be a bit fiddly for those who are not used to assisted yoga. There is not so much a focus on flow and breath, as there is an awareness of body positioning and pushing, focusing and challenging the asana.
MIND BODY LIFE Yoga Studio – The Mind Body Life Yoga studio’s have come highly recommended from my sister in law who was practicing there before, during and after the birth of her beautiful Baby girl. Their Prenatal Classes come very well recommended.
The HOUSE OF YOGA – The House of Yoga, in Redfern is the first Sydney yoga studio to offer Anti gravity Yoga. The images look totally fantastic and I am heading down there next week to check it all out. I will keep you updated.