24 Apr If you don’t have persistent pain you can get by with rubbish movement
If you don’t have persistent pain you’ll probably cope perfectly well with a yoga class that’s a bit beyond you. In the unlikely event that you injure yourself, time and rest should eventually allow you to return to a more appropriate class (or persevere with the same one) until you get up to speed.
It’s a slow way to progress but probably won’t set you back too much.
But for someone with persistent pain, overdoing it or getting frustrated can easily lead to a pain flare. Sometimes these pain flares last days. It may lead them to trust their body even less – and possibly stop yoga altogether.
The alternative is to make sure your students with persistent pain get the early foundations of good movement, emotional health and mental wellbeing. Instead of giving up, or experiencing a distressing pain flare when they progress to postures they aren’t mentally ready for, your students will have the best chance of progressing in yoga, and their life.