MY DOCTOR SAYS DO YOGA FOR MY INJURY

“My doctor recommended that I do yoga.” Well, if you have an injury and the doctor told you to take a yoga class, they should specified the style, methodology and level of the yoga class for your “treatment”. Were you specifically referred to take an Ashtanga or Vinyasa Flow class? These two styles are not ideal for injuries. A vinyasa flow class which has dynamic movements in rhythmic successions is not ideal for someone with limited range of movements or injured muscles and bones. Perhaps the doctor meant for you to take a Hatha class or perhaps get private instruction. Yoga is not the be-all end-all of all healing, mindfulness or movement practices. How did this ever become the belief? The answer is business and marketing! Yoga, which is a modality that has many amazing aspects and contributions to healing and wellness spaces, is not the cure-all that people unknowingly should suggest. Would you recommend a vegetarian to dine at a steakhouse, knowing the options for them would be limited or they would feel out of place? If you’re injured, yoga should not be the immediate go to practice. Perhaps a practice like Alexander Technique or other methods developed through slow mindful low impact movements should be explored. The Feldenkrais Method , Qi Gong or Tai Chi are inclusive practices and specifically designed to rehabilitate the functionality of the human body. Yoga marketed as a lyrical moving breath centered practice is one variation of it (and that is not the most popular form or style). Even if you take a restorative yoga class, how is that going to help a frozen shoulder, torn hamstring, or healing wrist? Is yoga the best prescription recommended as a healing modality? I would not personally recommend yoga as an injury treatment or rehab. If it is offered as such, ask more questions like why and how. If yoga is the medicine, like a diagnosis, get a second opinion! Receive more details and be specific with referrals so you are accommodated as needed.