Injuries In Yoga Adjustments: What Are Practitioners Experiencing?
- Injuries related to yoga adjustments are not uncommon, and practitioners may experience a range of injuries depending on the type of adjustment and the individual’s physical condition. Some of the common injuries reported by practitioners include:
- Strains and sprains: Overstretching or excessive pressure during an adjustment can cause strains or sprains in the muscles, ligaments, or tendons.
- Joint pain or injury: Adjustments that involve pressure on the joints can cause pain or injury, particularly in individuals with pre-existing joint conditions or hypermobility.
- Nerve damage: Pressure on the nerves during adjustments can cause nerve damage, leading to numbness, tingling, or other neurological symptoms.
- Disc herniation: Excessive pressure on the spine during adjustments can cause herniation or other disc-related injuries.
- Psychological distress: Some practitioners may experience psychological distress related to adjustments, particularly if they feel uncomfortable or unsafe during the process.
- It’s important to note that not all adjustments are unsafe, and many practitioners benefit from hands-on guidance from a knowledgeable teacher. However, it’s important for teachers to receive proper training in adjustments and to approach each student with sensitivity and awareness of their individual needs and limitations. Practitioners should also communicate openly with their teachers and speak up if they feel uncomfortable or experience pain during an adjustment.