Yoga Therapy and Safety Blog

Welcome to the Smart Safe Yoga Blog! Here you’ll learn all about preventing yoga injuries by making sure ahimsa, the practice of non-harming, is no accident. We’ll also touch upon asana issues, contraindications, studio safety, plus other yoga resources and news.

PEACE OF MIND, IS IT POSSIBLE?

 
In our busy lives, many of us struggle to find balance, harmony or peace of mind.   If you, like many, function at a high energetic frequency (go-go-go) slowing down to “smell the roses” often necessitates conscious and gradual down shifting. Conversely, if you lack motivation or feel stuck in your life, you may need a…
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The Layers of Back Pain

 
Back pain may limit your ability to participate in any activity, including yoga.   If you injured your back in yoga, why didn’t the person next to you also get hurt? Why do some people heal fast and others do not? Practicing safe yoga is important. This requires body awareness, mindfulness, and good instruction on technique.   If…
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Someone Gets Injured in Your Yoga Class: What now?

 
yoga injury deposition
[The following should be understood as risk management advice and NOT legal advice or counsel. If you have legal questions or concerns, contact your local legal professional.] Can we talk about this? Anyone who has taught for any length of time has almost certainly discovered that something happened in a yoga class you taught where…
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Stretchasana

 
The common misunderstanding of yoga as merely “stretching” can lead to some not so smart or safe yoga practices.  Yoga is more than stretching.   The definition of yoga is, in one word, unity  (of body, mind and spirit).  Without discounting mind and spirit, understanding the physical aspect of yoga will enhance the overall experience of…
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Don’t Let Your Hamstrings Leave You Hamstrung!

 
Protect them while doing yoga “Bend your knees!” is a common cue used to protect the back when bending forward.  In yoga, bending the knees in forward folds is also recommended to prevent strain to the back. Uttanasana (standing forward bend) in the traditional version is done with straight legs.   A forward fold (hinging at…
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