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Injuries in Yoga – Framing the Conversation

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My biggest issue with the current discussions regarding injuries in yoga is the desire to make things measurable and compartmentalized. I know, there is no way around this. We have to talk about the parts and pieces to some degree so that we can understand it all. The place where this happens regularly is in the mixing of yoga and asana as if they are the same thing.

Trigger Points in the Piriformis Muscle

What are Trigger Points?

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In my last Muscle of the Month article I alluded to Trigger Points and wanted to give a brief explanation of what they were and how they occur. It is definitely helpful to know about them as you assess client or students who are complaining about chronic or recurring pain.

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Quadratus Lumborum (QL) A Real Pain In The Back!

David Keil Anatomy, Torso, Yoga Injuries 14 Comments

I have written about a number of the “lightning rod” muscles such as the piriformis, psoas, and transverse abdominis. I refer to them as “lightning rods” because they attract attention. Sometimes this is for good reason, after all, everyone should know about his or her psoas. However, every problem related to core shouldn’t be thrown onto the back of the psoas or the transverse abdominis for that matter.

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Is Your Hip Pinching In Twists?

David Keil Anatomy, Torso, Yoga Injuries 22 Comments

There are other possibilities for hip pinching. Please also read Is Yoga Tearing Labrums? [/alert]
Hip pinching can show up in parvrita parsvakonasana, ardha matsayendrasana, marichyasana C, or other twists. The sensation is anything from mild discomfort to an ice pick sensation in the front and inside of the pelvis. The most common description however is that it seems as though something is getting “pinched.” Others describe it as a “stabbing” pain.

Can Yoga Fix Scoliosis?

David Keil Anatomy, Torso, Yoga Injuries 67 Comments

I was recently asked a question via email. Can yoga fix scoliosis? It’s certainly not the first time that I’ve ever been asked about scoliosis and I’m sure it won’t be the last. It’s a seemingly simple question but it bends in a direction that makes me wonder about our larger expectations for our yoga practice and our desire for a simple answer to what seems like a simple question. The truth is, it’s neither a simple question nor a simple answer.

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Supta Kurmasana Goes Pop!

David Keil Yoga Injuries, Yoga Postures 27 Comments

Some time ago I threatened to write an article about pain showing up in the joint that connects the collarbone to the breastbone. I have had a couple of more recent requests to talk about this potential problem in Supta Kurmasana. As always I try to look at the anatomy, its function, observations about the yoga posture itself and perhaps some ways that information may inform the way we work in the posture or adjust it.