Yoga injuries: who’s at fault?

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Great post on yoga injuries!

Yoga Spy

urdhva-mukha-svanasana Ever been injured in a yoga class? Chances are, we’ve all felt a twinge in one class or another. So, who’s at fault? The teacher? The student? Or are occasional tweaks simply part of being active and exploring our limits?

Since William Broad began writing about yoga injuries in the New York Times, most fingers have been pointed at unqualified yoga teachers. Michaelle Edwards, founder of YogAlign, goes further, claiming that yoga injuries are prevalent because many poses are anatomically incompatible with the human body. This is a complex issue, too long for a blog post. A few thoughts for starters:

utthita-trikonasanaPain versus strong sensation

In February, a few weeks into winter session, a new student politely told me, “Last week my back hurt the day after class.”

What?! “How long did it hurt?” I asked her. “Did you feel pain during class?” I couldn’t imagine any intro poses injuring this healthy 20-year-old university student.

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Wrist Pain in Yoga?

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 Do you experience wrist pain in yoga? It’s common especially as a beginner when you’re learning new poses such as the downward facing dog and the chaturanga to feel wrist pain as your muscles are learning something new. My students’ frequently ask me what they can do to prevent and relieve this pain.  The photo I’ve included is a great illustration and example of where to start.

Tip #1: Spread your fingers wide like a starfish and press down evenly through the whole hand (knuckles, fingers, etc.) instead of just the end of your palm. This will help distribute the weight more evenly.

Tip #2:  When in a resting pose rotate your wrists and give them a little massage in between yoga poses.

Tip #3:  Another option, you may want to try is to practice the dolphin pose. The dolphin pose is essentially the same set up as the downward facing dog except you are on your forearms pressing the weight through the elbows, wrists and hands. This is a good option to try to give your wrists a break. You can also swap the plank for a forearm plank.

No two poses are the same and no two bodies are the same. So once you learn the basics and set up the foundation of each pose you can make it your own and make it work for your body.  Be consistent, keep practicing and you will get there. One yoga pose at a time.

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