Raj’s return from almost total paralysis
Raj’s story about how Flametree’s yoga program fixed his back, via yoga for back pain.
“A lifting accident totally wrecked my back.
In my twenties, I was running my own trucking business in Canada.
I’d moved there from Punjab, India, where I was brought up.
In Canada, I was working in MINUS 40 degree centigrade temperatures. Apparently, that made back injuries more likely.
In my lower spine, I got a major slipped disk.
I was totally incapacitated.
For several years, I could do almost nothing for myself.
I could not lift my child, and sometimes could not even go to the toilet by myself.
People even thought I was just a paternalistic male because my wife had to do so much for me.
I lost my business and my home. The family then had to live in a windowless, tiny basement for several years.
Raj shows some simple yoga poses that fixed his back
Raj continues his story:
Physios, doctors, and osteos could do nothing for me.
Medication for the pain seriously damaged my liver and gave me kidney stones.
The doctor said surgery had a low chance of helping, and could even make things much worse… likely paralysis!
Steroid shots helped me move a bit but were not a long-term solution.
Depression set in.
Depression set in not only due to what I had lost but because I faced ongoing major disability for life.
One piece of advice that helped was to try a warmer climate than Canada.
I had done university in Queensland, so we headed for Australia.
My wife got a six-month job in Darwin… but I was still largely bedridden.
Luckily, I met Belinda Quinleven, of Flametree Yoga.
She insisted I had to try the sort of yoga she was doing at Flametree Yoga Studio in Woolner.
I resisted because all my life yoga to me was a myth. Its immense healing capacity was unknown to me.
I was more attuned to how things are done in Western countries… and knew little about yoga’s benefits.
After many months of ignoring Belinda’s advice, I finally joined the Flametree Beginner Course.
I didn’t want to go… I had to take a big deep breath…and just give a try to yoga for back pain
Chris Lalor, the Principal Teacher, while I was in each class, would give me customised modifications to the beginner postures.
The modified postures stopped me hurting myself.
The postures also quickly worked on building movement, strength, and flexibility.
The postures started with simple poses like Half Angle and other ones that you can see in the pictures with this story.
With yoga, I started on a journey has led me back to an almost normal life.
I now have two thriving businesses and a happy family life.
My wife has also started yoga. We’re interested in all the special benefits it has for women.
After starting yoga, I slowly realised “I can get better”.
My mental blues lifted.
I did the Flametree Beginner Course several times over… going to classes two to three times a week.
Then I moved steadily into Flametree’s higher levels of yoga classes. These days I do a mix of their Intermediate and Experienced classes.
And after about four years of classes, yoga has become a regular part of my life, with classes either during the day or evening.
I love the passion about yoga that comes through in Chris Lalor’s teaching, and yoga for back pain.
I give the whole credit to my recovery to yoga…and especially the style of yoga I’m learning at Flametree.
Apart from my now recovered physical abilities, I am now light and full of joy at the world around me.
Yoga fixed my back and my head!
Try it for the at least 50 conditions that yoga has been proven to help… even if it is “just” preserving your magnificent self from each year of increasing stiffness or expanding waistline!“
Yoga for back pain with easy postures
The fascia throughout your body is a key reason why yoga works so well. The nerve endings in fascia also helps explain why back issues can be so painful.
Flametree teaches genuine, modern classical yoga that fully delivers all the many benefits of yoga. It gets you into the correct positions to naturally help your body and mind work to heal you, and maximise your potential.
Please consider the Back Care Yoga Special Focus class at 7pm every Wednesday.
Backcare Yoga taught by a Senior Yoga Teacher
Backcare Yoga, and Gentle Yoga, are taught by certified Senior Yoga Teacher, Chris Lalor.
Chris has over 20 years teaching yoga, and is among a group of the more senior and experienced teachers in Australia. Her knowledge, teacher and experience is signified by the fact that she is part of a group that certifies the training of other yoga teachers in Australia.
In Chris Lalor’s Back Care or Gentle Yoga classes, you are in getting the benefit of her huge yoga teaching skills.
Other easy classes, also taught by Chris, that are especially suitable for those with back issues, are these:
- Gentle Yoga class on Fridays at 10.15am, or Sundays at 11.15am (Darwin NT time), and
- Easy Restorative Yoga class at 4pm on Saturdays.
Plus, here’s more about how Backcare Yoga, Gentle Yoga, and Easy Restorative Yoga work together as easy, introductory yoga.
Special Focus classes are useful to all beginners, even though they have a particular focus. The classes are part of Flametree’s Beginner Yoga Course.
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Here’s another story about how yoga helped Susie’s lower back pain.
There’s also more information on the weekly Back Care class.
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