In teaching yoga and asana we end up working with bodies quite a lot. Many, if not most, of our students will likely be dealing with some kind of discomfort, whether it be the aches and pains of modern living, or full-blown, diagnosed injuries.
As yoga teachers it is entirely out of our scope to diagnose or treat pain or injuries. Full stop. I do, however, think we should be educated and thoughtful about working with bodies in a way that allows our students’ yoga practice to be supportive, sometimes even in highly specific, physical ways.
I have studied massive amounts about anatomy, biomechanics, injuries and therapeutics, and have also worked through many very serious injuries in my own body. Because of this history I love helping fellow yoga teachers brainstorm ways to best support their students who have pain or injuries and this episode is dedicated entirely to your questions!
In this episode, you’ll hear questions and discussions about:
- adductor and pelvic pain
- SI joint pain
- nerve pain in the glutes
- elbow pain
- discomfort in the QL
- burning hip discomfort in hip flexion
- shoulder pain in overhead flexion
- imposter syndrome when talking to healthcare providers
As promised… a picture of the SI joints!
Related Episodes You Should Check Out:
- 25: Yoga and The Pelvic Floor with Guest Teacher Diana Zotos
- 28: Hip Injuries and Yoga with Guest Teacher Ariele Foster
- 31: How To Work With Pregnant Yoga Students with Guest Teacher Deb Flashenberg
- 58: All About The Shoulder with Diana Zotos
- 59: ROM, Neuroscience + Yoga with Garrett Neill
- 66: An Intro to Low Back Pain with Jesal Parikh
- 78: Injuries + Teaching Yoga with Monica Bright
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