Ask the Yoga Expert – Kelda Anderson
Yoga and Injury
Many doctors, physiotherapists and healthcare practitioners are now “prescribing” yoga as a way to complement people’s rehabilitation from injury. For us Yogi’s that’s great news however, not all yoga is created equal. And not all teachers are qualified to deal with injury. Here’s 5 tips for finding a class and teacher that will help you on your road to recovery.
- Call ahead. Ask which class will work best for you. If you have a knee injury Hot Power Yoga or Ashtanga will not be best for you because of the intensity. If hips are your issue, you ‘ll want to stay away from Yin where we focus on hips and low back and hold the poses for long periods of time.
- Tell your instructor about your issue. A good teacher will be able to offer modifications to help you safely enjoy the class.
- Childs Pose. Go into your rest pose before you feel pain. Be gentle on yourself. There’s no health benefit to pushing yourself to the point of re-injury.
- Hydrate. Make sure you drink a lot of water before class, and during if you need to as well as after. Water makes up over 70% of our bodies and is essential for healing.
- Book a private session. Some teachers are qualified for Yoga Therapy and can design a class specific to you and your injury. Ask around and get references. Often after taking a couple private sessions, you’ll feel confident to try other classes knowing you’ll be able to modify poses as needed.
Hope to see you on your mat soon. Namaste. ~Kelda