Osteoarthritis, commonly known as wear-and-tear, is a condition in which the natural cushioning between joints, the cartilage, becomes worn. When this happens, the bones of the joints rub more closely against one another with less of the shock-absorbing benefits of cartilage. The rubbing results in pain, swelling, stiffness, decreased mobility and, sometimes, the formation of bone spurs.
German-born Joseph Pilates invented the classical pilates method while working to rehabilitate soldiers badly injured in war. He used resistance devices attached to beds to allow bed ridden patients to exercise their muscles. He only wrote one book on his technique before he died. Since the passing of Joseph Pilates, the techniques have been modified and enhanced. The principles have been refined to reflect current understanding of anatomy, physiology and kinesiology.
Through the practice of yoga, we become aware of our postural holding patterns, our weaknesses and our imbalances. Some of these things can lead to pain and injury. With awareness, we can learn how to balance the muscular and skeletal systems of the body, create strength and ﬂexibility and correct postural dysfunctions before they become troublesome.
This is one of the most common thoughts when considering trying out yoga classes and one of the most untrue. If your flexibility is lacking, then you’re exactly the person who SHOULD be doing yoga. The ability to contort yourself into wild and wonderful postures is not a pre-requisite for either participating in or enjoying a yoga class. In fact, contrary to popular belief, complicated, twisty, and extreme postures are not the majority in yoga. Yoga is for everyone, and everyone can do it.