Ayurveda and yoga therapy. “Crackling” on the mat.
Many people know this feeling while practising in the classroom or at home suddenly the sound of “breaking branches” bursts the blissful silence.
You might think: “Am I so much old and “wooden”? What will my classmates and instructor say? I’m practising for a month / year / all my life? What is this?”
Calm down! Joints crackling is most often an individual feature, not a punishment.
Being a person belonging to the category of “Crispy” yogis (hmm, sound like a good advertising slogan, huh? :))
I will tell you more about this subject.
Let’s immediately outline the range of problems. We will talk about the physiological joints crackling during the movement, which has nothing to do with the consequences of injuries, anatomical features of the joints structure and special cases.
With such this “sound” problem, an average yoga mat user can face. So where does this sound come from?
When you start working with joints (making the simplest movements), bend and unbend the knee for example, you hear characteristic crackling sounds. This is nothing but the “clap” of air inside the joint due to a change in pressure inside the joint bag during movement. After a certain number of movements, the joint ceases to “click” and you continue your exercises without being distracted by noise effects. Yet, often this “crunch” does not leave you during the whole class.
From the point of view of Ayurveda, joints accumulating Air are possessions of Vata Doshi — one of the three governing dominants in the body, composed of elements of Air and Ether. Vata Dosha accumulated in the joints in large or excessive amounts and provokes sound effects during movements.
For balancing Vata in our body there is Kapha-Dosha, composed of elements of the Earth and Water and saturating the body and parts of it with moisture and “clay” (a lubricant component). Lubricating component in the joint is a synovial fluid that is produced inside the joint bag during the time of performing any physical actions. It also lubricates the joint from the inside, preventing its wear and tearing. If the synovial fluid is not produced enough (against the background of the general “dryness” of the body – increased Vata Doshi), the joint continues to chase inside itself the Air at work, which gives birth to all the familiar “crunch” sound.
What does yoga therapy say about this? Small-amplitude movements aimed at working with particular parts of the body help to reduce and prevent the joints “crunching”. The practice section of Yoga Sukshma Vyayama is a good example. Also, as a “crunchy” person, I like working with detailed exercises and practices that solve the problem in a complex way. An example of similar can be found in the seminar “Knees. The connecting link of practice” and the course “Yoga therapy for life”.
Ayurveda, yet, recommends in this case to consume more oily food and drink plenty of water to maintain the quality and quantity of the produced synovial fluid. And, of course, it is worth learning to live with your body: listen, diagnose, analyse, correct. First accept it as it is, then change it.