Managing Injuries in Yoga class

Unless you are a dancer or gymnast we pretty much all start yoga practice stiff, tense and a little mal-coordinated. Yoga practice involves doing often, extreme things with the very same body described above.

The most common reason for starting yoga is back pain.. and the need to de-stress. So, knowing how to manage your injuries, and what role your teacher has in this, in a group class setting is crucial to ensuring yoga is a healing practice for you.

As a yoga-teacher I know that only a fraction of students that are feeling pain or recovering from an injury announce it to me before or at the beginning of class. Whilst it is useful to me as your teacher to know - I completely understand your silence.

There are no health care environments that advocate public doctoring, and certainly not public diagnosing. The reason is obvious: healthcare provision is fostered on experience, trust and respect. You may not know well or know the depth, experience and specialisms of training of your yoga teacher, of which there are inevitably variations.

Privacy is needed for the whole picture to be disclosed, and since yoga is a holistic system – if we are looking to effectively use yoga to heal or support injury or illness, we would never ‘treat’ one symptom alone. As yoga teachers we do not have the medical training to diagnose, and whilst many of us who have specialised in injury prevention and