Warning: Yoga Is Dangerous

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  1. Why don’t you avoid doing that pose? I started taking vinyasa yoga and there are a couple moves that I don’t even bother trying because I know I do not yet have the core strength to do them.

  2. Thanks for the note Kurt. You are probably right. I feel that I’m close, but I also realized that the night I got injured perhaps my mind wandered. Maybe I was thinking about the pressure, that I’d written about this pose and the instructor knew, and the introduction of the block was all for me. Whether this was true or not doesn’t matter, my mind was elsewhere instead of focused on the pose — and that’s why I may have lost my balance and got injured. Of course I may have simply lost my balance – it happens.

  3. The most difficult part of Yoga, which I gave up years ago, is that if you are self-competitive and hard driving when doing something new, you’ll push to accomplish what seems hard for you but easy for others.
    I hurt myself doing downward dog many years ago. I have a bad neck and I made it much worse. However, when you’re a writer and sedentary, each activity that poses a challenge and relaxation and self congratulatory mirror winking because is so healthy for you, will surely bring you to injury at some point.
    I upped my treadmill speed past my leg span yesterday…Case in point. Groin pain. Better case in point—the body heals. Patience comes with very old age.

  4. Sometimes you just need to rest, and if you don’t decide to do it, the body decides for you… Don’t worry, you’re young enough that it will all get better. Just keep breathing through it…

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