This page is all about trying to understand the things that can help prevent or reduce the risk of getting an injury or pain and what to do if you get one.
It’s not just about being broken but also about good ways of practicing, engaging, aligning and balancing. Lots of these posts have been spread across the website so hopefully with everything in one place you can learn and research what will be useful for you.
It’s fair to say that many of the pains we can experience during an asana practice might be the highlighting of things we have done to our bodies whilst off of the mat.
Issues due to postural patterns, bad habits, working conditions, other exercise or hobbies and accidents are just a few examples. It may even be that what we are experiencing is due to stresses placed on the body by tensional patterns arising from the way we are constructed.
For example the made on Friday syndrome, when whoever put us together just grabbed whatever was closest, gifting us a shorter leg, uneven pelves, a scoliosis or an excessively kyphotic spine, valgus or varus knees (knocked knees or bow legs) or any of the other strays from ideal.
However the fact remains that as wonderful and therapeutic as yoga can be it is also easily possible to hurt ourselves doing yoga in much the same way as any other form of physical exercise.
Ambition, lack of concentration or understanding, strength imbalances, improper technique, insufficient strength to flexibility relationship or dodgy alignment are just a few of the ways we can land up harming our bodies rather than nurturing them.
Matthew Remski is just one of the teachers that has recently been highlighting some of the things that can go wrong, and his articles are well worth a read. It’s not even fair to just blame it on the student’s ego or forcefulness.
Sometimes issues accumulate through bad technique, excessive repetition or lack of understanding, we may fall out of postures awkwardly, heavily load joints unexpectedly or mistake pain and discomfort for something else (ok that one you will have to except some blame).
We can also just be having a fragile day, we do everything the same as always but today something gives out, we may have slept awkwardly, strained doing the gardening the day before, or not had enough rest and recuperation, who knows, shit happens!
When we are injured it can be a very frustrating time and the longing to get back to a full practice can often lead to a cycle of returning too soon, re-injury and layoffs. I’ve started this page to try and collect together the information on this site that relates to injury so that you might primarily avoid injury and in the event of mishap find the right information to restore you to your beloved practice as soon as possible.