“No Pain, No Pain” I say. ~ Edith Lazenby

Via Edie Lazenby
on Feb 15, 2014
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We are born to heal.

I teach yoga and often say no pain, no pain. I say that because if we do an asana and there’s pain, it means we have to find a way to do the same pose differently. My background in alignment helps me to do this.

Not being a physical therapist or having such training, I don’t believe in working through the pain. I don’t believe the adage: No pain, No gain.

I believe, no pain means no pain.

And no pain is good.

Having increased my injuries by not stopping what I was doing or by not seeking the proper help, I know pain is a great teacher. And her main message is that she asks us to listen.

If we listen to pain we learn the lesson to help support healing.

They say one of the goals of yoga is to alleviate suffering.

I think we can take the no pain metaphor off the mat as well. If something I am doing continues to hurt me, I need to listen to the why of what I am doing and the how to find my way out.

The universe wants us all to find healing. The forces of nature in the body work towards healing, as do the forces of spirit within the body and everything around us wants our whole being to heal.

The spirit never stops telling us what its needs are. I find the lesson of life, and the teachings of yoga, have helped me listen a little better.

Most yogis know about Patanjali and the eight-limbed path. Frankly they make sense and I would have to say the limbs I live rest in the seeds of truth I have always known: truths like love and integrity and respect.

But yoga has helped the seeds blossom and grow.

You see I cannot follow any regimen or formula. Call it my Vata nature, call it my free spirit or I can just admit I know my limitations.

But I believe in no pain. I believe in kindness. I believe in truth. I believe in a quiet mind. I believe in prana and the power of breath and energy.

And the path of yoga continues to help me live a life of healing, a life where I alleviate suffering in my own heart and hearts of those I teach and know and love.

So as a teacher with the body I say no pain. As a student of the spirit I say no pain.

As one who practices yoga, I believe my choice to trust my heart and listen to my nature to lead me helps me heal as I live to learn and learn to live.


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About Edie Lazenby

Edith Lazenby's first love is poetry. Her second is yoga. Life unrolls in ways she could have never have imagined. She loves to love and live life daringly. Leap and the net will appear is how the saying goes but they don't tell you what to do after it disappears. Edith lives in Baltimore with her cat, Cucumber. She works all the time, it seems, these days. Life is good. Blessings are many.


8 Responses to ““No Pain, No Pain” I say. ~ Edith Lazenby”

  1. gdr23 says:

    Beautiful! That is yoga.

  2. Joe Sparks says:

    Hi Edie, you and are a growing number of yoga teachers, like Michaelle Edwards, contributor and author on this website are helping lots of people heal their bodies. As yoga teachers and students, we need to stop trying to turn yoga into a performing art and our bodies into pretzels. Pain is not our natural state. Thanks!

  3. edieyoga says:

    Thanks Joe….I agree. And I honestly have a very few party tricks. But love my yoga, from asana and simple embracing what is.

  4. edieyoga says:

    Thanks so much!!!

  5. Dassie says:

    Thank you, Edie. I find it rather frustrating that some Yoga teachers insist on pressing students out like we’re bits of dough requiring kneading. I live in a foreign country where this appears to be the norm, rather than the exception, amongst the local teachers. I almost knocked over a whole row of students as I toppled off my mat whilst being ‘pushed’ by the teacher higher up in to a shoulder stand :-/ Mind you, I do find balance poses tricky at the best of times! Lesson learned. Totally loving your ‘no pain, no pain’ mantra! Yoga, like all good practices, takes time and patience with yourself.

  6. edieyoga says:

    Thanks and oh my! Pushed up higher….? Sounds dangerous….maybe gently lifted might be helpful.Glad you found my article interesting and helpful. Hang in there. I often use online sites as well. Let me know if you want some suggestions of good sites as there are quite a few. [email protected]

  7. Chuck_Culp says:

    Thanks for saying what I always tell my students. If it hurts, don't do it, period. There are way to many Yoga "teachers" and students violating Patanjali's Yama "do no harm". Fools living on pain killers. It is soooo hard to keep my students in a pose for more than a few seconds, they are addicted to vinyasa. They think Asana and aerobics are the same thing. Once they learn the benefits of "fim steady seat" they appreciate the thousands of years of practice that they are entering. We have no one to blame but ourselves for this madness. Yoga superstars performing acrobatics for the masses and silly you tube videos.
    Om Shanti

  8. edieyoga says:

    Thanks so much Chuck. Glad this resonated with you…