Shoulder pain in sun salutations, back pain in camel or wheel, hip pain in warriors ...
Sometimes yogis experience physical pain in their practices. It may frustrate or trouble them, but often they live with it. Some have even seen healthcare professionals who recommended avoiding yoga altogether. Many reject that as a possibility and continue on with the pain for the love of the practice or the necessity of their yoga teaching schedule.
Hear this loud and clear: Your yoga practice shouldn't hurt.
There is another way, and although it might involve some changes to alleviate the pain, it doesn't require abandoning the practice.
Let's begin with a few assumptions that can lead to a painful practice:
Instead, what if your practice were an adventure? YOUR adventure.
What can you do if you have pain?
Yoga will take you on a lifelong journey and teach you things. It will help you to filter the noise, to evolve, to grow, to thrive. If your practice is painful, it's time to make a change.
A student at heart, Jen is passionate about learning and sharing what she has learned to empower yoga students and teachers. Jen is a physical therapist, yoga therapist, and yoga teacher. She teaches at Kindness Yoga and practices physical therapy at Vernon Physical Therapy & Wellness.