It is horrific to think that us yogi’s have injuries but yes, we do have them and unfortunately i was on the short end of one just recently. It wasn’t a yoga related injury at all, unfortunately it was a ‘moving a stonkingly heavy box’ injury which resulted in a whacking great back spasm meaning that anything caused pain.. oh joy!
Thankfully due to my background and teaching i was aware how to treat myself and within a week i was back into my full ashtanga practice, however i could feel that some little things weren’t quite right. No matter how much i massaged my IT band, how much i tried to stretch out back of pelvis and give SI joint some room i still had a little niggle going on in the knee. Hmm. Recognising that my hip flexor and my adductor were not tight as such but just a little grumbly helped to fix this and after the help of a great holisitic therapist and to clever body-aware stretching i managed to settle hip flexor and adductor, slot my hip back into its rightful place and feel a wonderful tingly sensation of freedom back in my knee!
We should never be surprised at how much one injury leads to another, i bleat about it all the time in classes as i encourage people to stay safe with their practice and to listen to their bodies, but somehow i did feel surprised. Surprised that so quickly my knee could take the impact of a spasmed back and how quickly the body told me it wasn’t happy.
Lesson to myself and to you all, if you hear/feel niggle listen with every inch of your body and ask for help to figure out the problem. The worst thing you can do is ignore it, if i ignored the feeling in my knee who knows what may have happened. In a nutshell: Take care in your practice, take care in your life, don’t try to move stonkingly heavy objects on your own and be aware of your own body.
Over and out 😉