6 Tips for Practicing Yoga when Injured
Today I am going to chat a little bit about practicing yoga when you are injured and/or recovering from an injury.
First and foremost, I am sorry if you are dealing with an injury. I have been there and understand how frustrating it can be to not be able to fully use your body. The most important thing to remember though, is that you are doing the best you can, and your body will take time to heal. Just because someone else may heal faster or take longer to heal, does not mean that your path will be the same. Injuries are unique, so it is important to take care of yourself and listen to your own body. Sometimes listening to what your body needs is easier said than done though, so here are some tips to keep in mind when practicing yoga (or other forms of movement and exercise):
1. Please find a physical therapist that you trust!
This, by far, is my top piece of advice. When I broke my arm back in 2018, I was told that I might not be able to do certain things again (like fully bend or extend my arm). However, as soon as I had my splint taken off post surgery, I walked right into a physical therapists office. As a result, I progressed ahead of schedule (don't worry, there were and are still plenty of ups and downs), and most importantly, got over a lot of my fears and trauma from what happened. A physical therapist will be able to guide you and safely push you, as well as give you various options for exercises and movements to do in order to heal.