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.

  • Pam Bleakley
    Posted at 18:35h, 24 April Reply

    Agreed! Students express surprise that such gentle movements and careful breath awareness can bring a positive change to their pain. ” Remarkable that a simple thing like breathing in a specific manner can bring such calm.” MG

    And from another:”I am encouraged more to enhance my home practice. Changing my sequences to match my body’s needs. I have had a keen focus on strong poses and in the past I would push myself in yoga even when I am in pain. I know understand you can do yoga no matter what state your body is in. Even if it is just breathing exercises or meditation.” RR.

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