Yoga Anatomy

For those of you who don’t know bursitis is inflammation of the bursa, a small sac’s of fluid which only purpose is to protect the tendons & soft tissue from friction against the bones. These little saviours can be found near any major joint. E.g.: Shoulder, elbows, hips & knees. There is roughly 160 bursa’s in the adult body. Some bursa’s you’re born with & others develop as we grow & others are a result of our environment or injury. The membrane of the bursa can get inflamed when there is constant friction, injury or other attributes such as poor posture. In my case it was due to injury & bad posture. Due to naturally pronating/slouching my shoulders I already had a bursa doing a lot of work to reduce friction between a tendon & bone. Once I injured myself this area of my shoulder became constantly in pain & as advised by doctors this was a long term issue with no easy fixes! They did offer a pain killer injection for temporary relief but that was more temporary that initially expected! Best way to fix this was correcting my posture. I had to learn to retract my shoulder blades & keep them retracted (we’ll more retracted than I had been). I had to strengthen my trapezius & rhomboids muscles, muscles that connect the scapular & spine & stretch our serratus anterior, the muscles that originate on the sides of the first 8 or 9 ribs & then insertion is the underside of the of the scapular, responsible for pulling my shoulders forward. I found through yoga & specific postures I could do exactly what I need to work/ stretch the right muscles. I found with doing Urdhva Mukha Svanasana (upward facing dog), Adho Mukha Svanasana (downward facing dog), Adho Mukha Vrksasana (handstand) & Salabhasana (locust) with hand interlocked behind my back, I could activate the correct muscles I needed to strengthen & stretch out the ones that I need to lengthen.
This is still a work in progress & it will be for some time. It’s about listening to my body once again & taking it easy in the postures that I know aggravate my bursitis & then really engaging in the ones I know I need for strength & stretch.
200hr TT August 2015

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