After practicing and teaching karate and tai chi for many years, I was drawn to yoga in my quest for a spiritual connection. First it was from books, then from videos and finally I started visiting local yoga studios in search of a teacher. In the beginning of my practice I was concentrating on the physical practice, and was not sure where I was going with it. I just loved the feeling of stretching and twisting my body into various postures. Soon I was addicted to the quest for perfect postures. At that point I found my teacher Alan Finger and my emphasis began to change. I realized that the physical practice was primarily meant for developing the strength of mind and body necessary to sit in meditation for at least 20 minutes and that the side effects of the physical practice like discipline, flexibility calmness and strength were secondary.
The connective tissues in the body often hold surgical trauma and emotional bracing. Yin Yoga postures are very effective for releasing some of this deeply held fear and tension, by undoing the physical constriction in the body and washing away some of the anxious thoughts in the mind, in a safe and effective manner. The deep sense of relaxation and release that comes from a practice of Yin Yoga will help to further support you during your cancer recovery process, which is understandably a very challenging and difficult time for most Yoga practitioners.
Yoga is a great way to discover the balance between body, mind, and spirit. Yoga has been practiced for many years for exercise, to tone muscles, and as a means of spiritual strength. Mastering the art of Yoga will bring about a healthier you. Although yoga has been around for many years, there is a difference between Yin and Yang Yoga. Until recently, most people who practice yoga on a daily basis, practice a form of Yang, which focuses on muscular tissues. Yin focuses more on the connective tissues.
Anxiety is a state of agitation and hyper-arousal that is fueled by adrenalin and cortisol. When in a crisis situation, an extra shot of adrenalin can be incredibly helpful. It may assist you in the landing that big deal you have been chasing, finishing a challenging 10k race or saving somebody from a dangerous situation. Unfortunately, when adrenalin and cortisol continue to circulate throughout the body from unremitting daily stress, these otherwise life-saving hormones can degrade the health of both the body and mind.