Empower Your Practice
This year I’ve been doing a lot physically. As some may have noticed I started to occasionally use a wrist guard. Between my hip hop, barre class, personal training, instructing yoga, my own practice, and running I have managed to find an injury. Which actually, come to find out, is normal. In reading several articles from Yoga Journal, Mind Body, and random books, the more you push eventually somethings going to give. For me it was my shoulder leading to my wrist, then back and finally hit the ground with my foot. In a sort of zig zag pattern or compensation pattern.
Ever have one of those??
Your body will start to compensate or put pressure on the opposite side of the injury to help protect it.
So when practicing if your hips are unaligned you’re actually putting more pressure on other areas in order for the body to compensate and take pressure off the area that is trying to heal.
The biggest way to prevent this??? CORE STRENGTH!!!
:) If you’ve ever been to one of my classes that’s always in there! If you don’t have core strength or strength from your center (front and back) everything else starts to collapse. Best poses to do this are your Boat Pose! It doesn't even have to be crazy complicated. Sit on the floor tall. Legs bent in front of you feet flat. Feel the crown of your head rise as your tail bone roots down. If your need more tuck the tail bone (almost a scooping action) plant the hands down lift knees and crunch them into the chest. BREATHE! Hold for five breathes. Extend the legs. Hold five more breathes. Plant feet down and row each side of the boat. Breathing Deep. This is a great right before you get in the shower daily core routine. Quick easy and effective.
Have wrist pain in your practice??
Take some time to focus more on the core. Then when going through flow focus on the core. That whole center body should stay strong throughout. Whether in plank or down dog the core must be actively engaged.
Dealing with a current injury to the wrists?
Yoga isn’t about the pose. If the instructor says come into down dog modify and go in to dolphin by dropping down on to the forearms and allowing the fingers to spread open taking pressure off. Same thing in plank, use your forearm plank. Remember that This is YOUR practice, do what feels good to you!!
In a fast moving sport such as dance or baseball?
Take the time before the actual class to go through the movements in a slower paced environment. My husband is a pilot who does aerobatics spins in the sky, much like jerking your body around for a quick movement on the field, that takes a lot of practice to do smoothly and properly. He said something to me once that stuck,
“ Slow is Smooth, Smooth is Fast”.
It’s just like running. We had to learn to crawl first before we could ever gain speed. Listen to your body. Warm it up. Let go of ego. Do what’s right for you. You’re the only one that knows whats right for you.