Yoga is a way of using our minds and bodies to feel good (therapeutic effects). Try cow's face (ghomukhasana) arms for shoulder flexibility and care. Use yoga breathing (pranayama) for energy and filtered air. Practice swan-feather pose (pinca-hamsasana) for lumbago and mind/body awareness. These poses are anecdotel for me and may help you too.
Once, while snowboarding I fell off a rail and swiped my shoulder going down. My deltoids felt bruised (bleeding from the inside) and battered, of no use; possibly dislocated. Whatever the case, I was in grave pain.
Usually, I can deal and end up feeling fine. This time, was different; I sat on the deck of the lodge contemplating calling an ambulance. I couldn't drive in this state, I was dazed and confused, no friends in sight. Where as, I have driven to the emergency room arm raised, while bleeding because I've stabbed myself, accidently of course, darn avacado seed.
Anyway, my only reprive was sitting in gomukhasana (cows face) arms. The arm of my hurt shoulder hugging behind my back reaching towards my cervicle spine (neck) and the other arm reaching up past my ear bent at the elbow inching down my neck. I grasped my fingers together and held on despite the raging I felt throughout my shoulder.
I sat in ghomukhasana imagining an ambulance driving to the rescue while the pose did it's work. Finally, ten to twenty minutes later I released my hands from the pose (asana). Blood gushed (pumped) through my shoulder; range of motion intact.
I didn't ride the rest of the day. I enjoyed the sunshine and the fact I made it through major grief. I felt happy knowing I could survive and continue to ride another day, a different hour; albeit, more cautiously but still living - LOL (laugh out loud).
I continued to use cow's face arms diligently; especially, that day and when I felt pain throughout the week and months ahead. I'd reach into pose and be saved by the beneficial (therapeutic) effects of yoga.
The first time I realized yoga was more than posing, the skies in Montana were smoke covered; for nearly a quarter of a century the skies had been clear. The first summer of smoke was actually my first summer away from wildland firefighting. Ironically I felt protected from smoke while working to put it out, but had no control over inhaling it as a "civilian". Over the next decade the air was seasonally tainted.
During this time, I jogged in the midst of smoke; I recalled yoga breathing, breathing in and out of the nose only. I began using the technique while jogging. Snot poured out my nostrils, I became self-conscious but resolved to naturally filter the air I was breathing .
Initially, I felt like I wasn't getting a full breath because I was used to mouth breathing. However, I kept practicing yoga breathing (nose only breathes) and soon I no longer needed an inhaler for the adult-onset asthma I was experiencing. My difficulty breathing became a non-issue. Simply, because I focused on pranayama (breathing), literally translated as "life force". The human body is truly its own best medicine.
Swan Feather Pose (Pinca-Hamsasana) a third example of yoga therapy came into my life after many months of misery. I awoke from sleeping unable to get out of bed. I was paralyzed. I literally couldn't walk. I'd been going through some extreme life changes due to a difficult life changes. My life felt like it was caving in.
I moved my home studio to where I was living now, my only reprive from the "no life" I was "living". Grateful, for the square footage and an area of daylight space, for a client or two.
I had a Partner Yoga Session scheduled that evening. My clients entered. I had been crawling to get around and upon their arrival was able to stand, although the pain was debilitating. I greeted my customers with a smile, pretending I was perfectly okay. I sank down into a squat, as I began verbalizing ques.
The session was a relative success for I could stand while squating felt therepeutic and my clients did well. I went to a chiropractor and masseuse. Yet, my body did not feel alive and the sacral pain was prominent.
That year I attended a four day Yoga Therapy workshop. We breathed, chakra balanced, spoke about subtle energy and used hand symbols (mudras) to align and center along with gems, colors and aromas. We spoke about the process of healing and the importance of mind over matter. However, I was still feeling sacral pain and misalignment.
The final day of the Mind Body Conference. We continually worked on asana. I was introduced to Pinca-hamsasana (Swan-feather-pose). Some of the participants failed to try the pose. Yet, I continued to move in and out of the pose. The sacral pain ceased, I felt cured.
The healing process is amazing with the practice of yoga. Pinca-hamsasana, Pranayama and Go-mukhasana, among other yoga practices, help me feel strong, balanced, flexible and relaxed. As the saying goes, "movement (yoga) is medicine..."