Applying DNS Yoga principles to life and the workplace

Today’s blog recaps Dr. Park’s recent experience at the DNS Yoga specific course.

Yoga was never my forte. I always appreciated it as a discipline which could center you mentally, spiritually, and emotionally through movement, but I never really understood it from a structural stand point. However, after taking the DNS Yoga course, I now have a new understanding of yoga and how it can be used therapeutically.

Movement Distribution

One big take away for me is that we want to distribute movement as equally as possible throughout our body and not just rely on any one part to do all the work. When we focus so much energy on completing a task or establishing a posture, we tend to miss all the compensations we create in our movement just to “complete” it. However, all these compensations usually encourage poor mechanics and can lead to joint degeneration.

Joint Centration

Another big take away for me, is the concept of joint centration. If a joint is centrated, it means it’s maintaining as much contact as possible between the two interacting surfaces of the joint. If there’s joint centration, it’s more likely that you’re engaging in mechanically sound movements, and you’ll be able to distribute the tension and forces of the movement through larger groups of muscles rather than any one particular muscle. This will lead to more stability in your joints as you practice yoga and move throughout life.

In Practice

Now let’s apply these principles. Yoga positions can be used to highlight deficient movements, and we can use the DNS concepts to correct the compensations.

For example, when in downward facing dog, it’s important to externally rotate the upper arms, separate and lower the shoulder blades, and maintain a neutral/ flat lumbar spine.  These cues establish good positioning of the head of the femur in the hip socket (acetabulum) and the head of the humerus in the shoulder socket (glenohumeral joint) as well as activate the serratus anterior to stabilize the shoulder blade. We can use this position to work on anything from low back pain, to forearm pain, or even hamstring injuries.

These are just a couple principles that I took away from this yoga-based rehabilitation course. There are many other techniques and concepts I learned that are better demonstrated and experienced than written about. If you’d like to understand some of these concepts and learn how they can help you with your current injury or chronic pain, make an appointment at Northcenter Healthcare. We can figure out the best course of action together. To schedule online, click here or call us at: 773-296-2766.