Are Too Many Eggs Bad?

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Henry asks:

How long does it take to do all of the splits perfectly, without pain, like a master?

It’s a good question, Henry. The frontal splits, like a cheerleader’s splits in the front, is relatively easy to learn, depending on how stiff or how tight you are. A lot of people I find, can learn to get down all the way, in the full frontal splits, in about six weeks. Now, for most people, in six weeks it’s still going to be really uncomfortable. It will take them a few minutes to get deep into it.

In terms of the side splits, not everybody can do that. There’s some anatomical stuff. Not everybody can do a really deep side splits. Everyone can learn to do it to some extent, but that one takes a lot, lot longer. It might take you a couple of months, or maybe even longer, depending. The side splits is really a big, big pose, and again, some people, anatomically, aren’t going to be able to do that one.

In terms of like a master, that’s kind of relative. But with a lot of things, with stretching flexibility, you’ll find that you’re able to achieve a pose and then it might be years later when you’re doing the pose and it’s just nothing for you. So achieving a pose an being able to do it randomly on call, are kind of two different things.

Anita asks:

13 weeks ago, I broke my back, L2. I laid on my back for 7 weeks immobile and have lost a lot of muscle tone. I take MSM 2000 mg daily. I can bend forward and get my fingers already flat on the floor and I’m doing yoga planks on my elbows and several other exercises. I’m find sitting very hard on the sacrum. Can you recommend an exercise for me, or is this just a matter of time?

The first thing, Anita, is take it easy. Like I always say, a lot of injuries are re-injuries. A lot of chronic injuries started out as real subtle injuries that we didn’t pay enough attention to. I’m not sure, he says he broke his back, L2. I’m wondering if you mean you slipped a disc, I’m not sure. L2, maybe that is an acute injury.

So we have different kinds of injuries. One would be a herniated disc or a slipped disc, is the language that people use, or bulging disc. A lot of times these are different words for the same thing. Then we have acute injuries, which is like you fall off a house or you get hit by a car or something like this. Both of them can be really severe.

Whatever you’re doing, first of all, make sure you’re working with your doctor, make sure everything is okay. But it sounds like you’re doing some really gentle practices, which in most cases, is a really great idea, if you want to heal and stay strong and limber, which it sounds like you do. I just would not do that unsupervised. So I don’t want to recommend anything, but I would recommend go talk to somebody.

And for sure, just make it really clear that what you’re trying to do is not just get out of pain, but you’re trying to regain all the mobility, all the strength, all the flexibility you had before, because your approach to healing is much different. Getting out of pain and moving towards the mobility and strength and flexibility you used to have are very different goals.

Danny asks:

Lucas, do too much eggs gives rise to phlegm and mucus?

Good question, Danny. Mucus-forming foods in the body are not great for yoga. Dairy is one of the bigger ones. Other foods, like grains, can produce mucus as well. In terms of eggs, eggs are really interesting animal food. I don’t eat eggs myself, but as animal proteins go, eggs are quite interesting in that they’re very bio-available. They’re very easy to digest. Just think about it logically in nature. It’s a food that humans, with our sort of pathetic claws and our pathetic teeth, would probably be able to scavenge and find very easily.

In any case, it’s very rare. The big challenge with eggs is a lot of people have egg allergies, and that could be due to any number of things, probably not the least of which is that all the eggs are only coming from chickens and all the chickens are only eating corn and living in shacks and things like this.

So, in terms of a dietary concern, I would say, Danny, I wouldn’t worry too much about it. If you’re getting good eggs, especially if you can get organic, free-range, and especially non-chicken eggs. Get other animals, believe it or not, other animals lay eggs and they’re good for you. So, take a look at that.

Anya asks:

I have been doing your flexibility exercises for a few weeks and definitely notice a difference. The most challenging pose for me is a seated wide angle pose. (That’s when you sit on the floor and spread your legs like a V or wider.) Any tips for this pose?

Anya, yeah, the key thing is, what happens in a seated wide angle pose, they call it Konasana, Supta Konasana is when you do it on your back. Any wide angled pose, your back wants to roll. Naturally, your back is going to want to curl up, and your goal is to keep it long and straight, and that’s going to help you to not get pain in your lower back and to really lengthen out the back of your body, particular your hamstring group of muscles on the backs of your legs.

And so, the easiest way to do that, Anya, is to put your hands on the floor and look forward. Don’t look down at the floor at all. Put your hands on the floor, flex your toes and look forward and just stay there. If you’re doing this as a gravity pose, as a passive pose, you might need to use pillows in front of you to stack up, so you can lay your chest and your chin on top of them, because you don’t want to let your back curl as much or you’re not going to get the same stretch. It’s all going to go into your lower back, and mostly it will be a lower back jam. Yoga for Back&Neck Care