EDGU: Like a Self-Chiropractic Session for Your Spine
During our recent stay at Breitenbush, we learned about EDGU, a tai chi/yoga-like moving meditation that’s supposed to relieve spinal pain. In fact, yoga teacher Jeffrey “Page” Redman developed the practice right there at Breitenbush in 1987. We weren’t able to make the class at Breitenbush so I was delighted to see my yoga studio had its first-ever EDGU session on Friday. I went and would like to experience more.
I also bought the EDGU DVD for my mom, who suffers from chronic back pain, including pinched discs. I hope it makes a difference for her, that is, if she actually practices it. The DVD was a bit new agey but the movements really seem sound. The key is to keep the hips and lower body planted and facing forward (beam headlights from the hips straight ahead) while only rotating the torso, to isolate the spine. It’s harder than it looks.
Check out this YouTube video to see some of the movements: