Assessing and Managing Injuries

Injuries that happen in a yoga practice are unfortunate. They do happen and can range from minor aches and pains to full-fledged injuries. What should we do when we feel different types of sensations? Is it an injury, a warning, or nothing at all? How do we determine if this is something we work with/through or if we should completely stop practicing?

Topics Covered:

Create a larger context to better understand what is going on
Come up with a theory to test and apply
Understand the most likely way forward
Gain confidence in dealing with your own or your student's injury

The answers to the questions above are complicated but there are some good generalized rules for assessing what's going on and how to approach your practice at that point. The aim of this workshop is to contextualize injuries, better understand what the warning signs are if they exist, and come up with a plan to deal with them as best we can and maintain a healthy practice.

It's natural for us to want to simplify a reason or cause for our injury. This is just human nature. However, there are so many factors that can lead to an injury. There are also multiple ways in which we can attend to an injury this can include treatment, modification, stopping practice or continuing to practice. It doesn't make one right or wrong. It's about understanding enough to apply what appears to be the most appropriate choice in any given moment.