When 2-3 people with similar issues pop up, I know something is floating in the Universe that needs to be addressed.

In the last month, I had clients with plantar fasciaitis (x2), knee issue and a heel issue. Then in the last week, it was tendonitis, a wrist tear, and shoulder/arm numbness.

You know what the number 1 question was? ——>>>>What can I do to heal so I can get back at it?

This is usually asked after I finished teaching them a full-on, non-modified yoga practice.

{Drops my head and shakes it in frustration.}

First my rant from a physical perspective

What is the f’ing problem with letting the injury heal fully before going at your chosen method of body brutality again?

You know why this pisses me off? Because I did the exact same dumb-ass thang. And you know what I got for my vanity?

A neck and shoulder injury that will forever haunt me…..all because I thought I could go back at it just because it didn’t “hurt as bad anymore.”

Or “feeling slightly better” I go to yoga class and instead of truly listening to my body and skipping plow and shoulderstand, I go ahead and pop right up…..only to be sidelined for two weeks because of the resulting ache in my neck and shoulder.

I have a forever boo-boo that can be reactivated by a single sneeze. (Yep, that’s happened twice now, and it’s not much fun when I have .2 seconds to protect myself before the sneeze erupts violently from me.)

You get one body and if you beat it up in the name of fitness, looking a certain way, vanity, ego, competition, dumb-ass-ness….{Shrugs my shoulders.}

I see a lot of people come to yoga after an injury because they heard it was an “easier” work out. Yet they choose the power classes and push themselves through every pose AND neglect to tell the instructor they have an injury they’re trying to heal.

No matter how rejuvenating yoga is, if you’re pushing through chaturanga with a wrist injury, it’s no bueno.

Retired Elite Athletes

I’ve had many wonderful, talented clients in my 14 years of teaching–and not one of them was an elite athlete.

No one who has asked me advice for healing a physical injury was a top-earning athlete who needed to get back at it for the sake of a contract or a payday.

And I bet if you spoke to some of the retired football players who have long-term brain damage from repeated concussions would tell a different tale today about their self-induced body brutality in the name of professional sports.

I bring this up because everyone who has ever asked me about healing an injury had no pressing deadline.

They wanted it healed because it’s an inconvenience.

Boo hoo and no shit.

Now my rant from a spiritual perspective

The last time I checked, the idea of practicing yoga was to create more awareness and give a tune-up to the mind-body connection.

Ignoring an injury or working out through the pain of an injury is the antithesis to a mind-body connection.

One of the questions I pose to clients is, “just because you can DO the pose doesn’t necessarily mean you should or that it is even good for you.”

A hundred years ago, Krishnamacharya was very selective about the poses he prescribed to his students. He understood that not every pose was beneficial to every body. He knew that what brought energy to one person could be depleting to another.

Why we think we know better than a man who lived and taught yoga for nearly a century…..

Did you ever think there was a deeper reasoning behind your injury? Maybe the injury was God’s way of telling you to back off, take it easy, rest for a while. Maybe it’s the Universe’s way of testing your “devotion” to your mind-body connection.

Here’s a real challenge:

Anyone can push themselves to do more physically. Instead, can you reign yourself in? When everyone around you is popping into running man, can you release the need to go there? Can you actually un-hook from the seduction of the cool poses in order to honor your body?

My advice to those of you with injuries

Take the time off to let it heal properly. (No I don’t know how long that’s going to take.)

If you don’t, you risk having .2 seconds to protect yourself from a violent recurrence.

Or you risk injuring another part of your body out of compensation. (That sucks because now you have two injuries.)

Worst case scenario–you risk causing permanent, irreparable damage. (Again, no bueno.)

And when I say take the time off, I mean sit, rest, prop your feet up. Take it easy doesn’t mean walk instead of jog; or yoga instead of lift weights; it’s your excuse to sit your bum on the couch and enjoy the last season of How I Met Your Mother.

Here’s to your healing!

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