Yoga won’t hurt you, only you will hurt you. Who is to blame?

That moment you find yourself in a yoga class in a sea of people: it is the first class after work, and really, when else will you find time to go?

You are craning over your front leg and your hamstring is on fire, your balance is on edge but you must complete the pose as everyone around you can do it, surely you can too. You are told to extend your top arm and look to your fingertips.
That sounds easy.
Your arm extends and you strain your neck to catch a glimpse of your fingers out the corner of your eye. This is held for 5 breaths. Its agony, but you persevere, your heart rate increases, your start to sweat and you breath heavily in your chest. There is an increasing pain in your lower spine.
Hold, breathe, hold, breathe, pain, pain, pain.

On the last lead breath you collapse into the next pose and now find an increasing pain in your knee as you are now lunging, unaware that your heel is under your thigh but there has been no instruction otherwise so you proceed. It looks so easy watching others. The pain on your knee increases as you are now leaning on it with your elbow and then using gravity to get your damn fingers to the floor. Extending your top arm and craning your neck.
Hold, breathe, hold, breathe, pain, pain, pain.
It is 45 minutes into the class and you are now clasping your hands together, placing elbows on the mat and just about to kick up to a headstand. You have never done this before but how hard can it be?
No one corrects you as you are too far away from the only person who should help you, teach you, lead you.

This happen too often and the result is injury and a student that had hope in the beginning but is beaten down to never return to a yoga class again and swears profanities at the mention of yoga.

We have to ask: Is it the student’s fault, or are some teachers just downright dangerous?


Take a look at the photo: notice how many are over rotated, over extending in their hips and their necks, their supporting foot not supporting the knee at all.

A good article was written and posted in Breaking Muscle and one of the best parts for me is the following line:

Yoga isn’t a team effort so the whole class need not synchronize. It’s an individual effort to see what your body can perform that day.”

Be vigilant in your practice but also of your teacher.

Happy sweet 2016

About Lynette Morris

Yoga teacher, blogger and organic addict

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