SIJ Injury & Yoga: Triangle

[SI joint injury frequently intersects with other causes of low back pain, such as bulging discs, arthritis, and muscular strains; these guidelines are also appropriate for injuries to low back, pelvis, & hips.] Previously: SI Joint Dysfunction Intro, SI Joint Injury & Yoga practice, SI Joint & Yoga: Key Points Continuing in this series, I’ll offer suggestions to manage individual postures with injury. Previously: SI Joint & Yoga: Half Moon My initial focus will be on postures in the Bikram series, because I teach this series & developed these guidelines to help my Bikram Yoga students. I also use these same guidelines in my own…

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SIJ Injury & Yoga: Half Moon with Hands to Feet

[SI joint injury frequently intersects with other causes of low back pain, such as bulging discs, arthritis, and muscular strains; these guidelines are also appropriate for injuries to low back, pelvis, & hips.] Previously: SI Joint Dysfunction Intro, SI Joint Injury & Yoga practice, SI Joint & Yoga: Key Points Next in this series, I’ll offer suggestions to manage individual postures. My initial focus will be on postures in the Bikram series, because I teach this series & developed these guidelines to help my Bikram Yoga students. I also use these same guidelines in my own personal practice – in managing my own…

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Those Who Can’t Do, Teach.

GUEST POST from Silas Jackson (The Man Who Pulled His Own Leg: A Bikram Yoga Memoir) You’ve probably heard the old saying that “Those who can’t do, teach.” Maybe you took offense on the behalf of teachers everywhere—maybe you are a teacher, and were personally offended. I can certainly understand that. It’s a crass, infuriating sentiment—it’s used ignorantly by ignorant people who don’t appreciate what a complex and amazing skill it is to effectively teach someone something. But actually, there’s some truth in it. Have you ever had a teacher who was naturally gifted at whatever they were trying to teach you? Didn’t…

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MYTH: You can’t hurt yourself doing yoga

MYTH: You can’t hurt yourself doing yoga. FACT: You can hurt yourself doing almost anything, including yoga. Depending on what yoga style you practice, you have a higher or lower risk of injury depending on aggressive approach and lack of attention to alignment. It’s a bit of a dirty little secret, but for yoga practitioners, injury to the sacroiliac joint, neck, knee, and shoulder are not uncommon. Yes, you can hurt yourself doing yoga. There is still a great deal of controversy over how high or low the numbers of yoga-caused injuries are. Partly because the numbers are difficult to…

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