Everybody can be injured doing yoga. How to best avoid hurting yourself..
It isn't often you hear yoga instructors telling you that yoga can actually be bad for you, yet, here I am!
I'm a qualified Yin Yoga instructor in the "Grilley Method", which focuses on respecting that every single body on the planet is completely different, and therefore how we do yoga should acknowledge that.
Many modes of yoga encourage you to look the same as the instructor - 'perfect' alignment being the goal. However, this is when injuries occur.
Our skeletons have unique designs which can restrict particular movements, no matter how flexible our muscle and other tissues are. I myself have been a yoga practitioner for over 25 years and still have trouble touching my toes with straight legs. And why? Because I have very deep hip sockets, and my femur bones 'lock up' against the bone structure preventing me to bend that way! Who knew?!! :)
Learning to listen to your body and understanding the difference between 'good' and 'bad' pain and your own physical structural limitations will put you on a path to injury free yoga sessions. Don't force it if it doesn't feel good!
Make an adjustment, try again, and focus on the target area for a stretch (ie. your glutes)... not the 'shape' you're 'meant' to make - you know the one, the one that looks fab on Insta ;) .
This short article is just the beginning in a series I will be publishing over the coming months. If you will like to be updated, feel free to sign up to my mailing list.
Look after yourselves,
'Yoga is Medicine'