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.

Preventing Anterior Knee Pain and Yoga

 
When the front of the knee hurts in yoga Patellofemoral pain syndrome (PFPS) is the most common overuse injury of the lower extremity1, 2. PFPS is a condition characterized by pain surrounding the kneecap associated with activities involving lower limb loading (eg, walking, running, jumping, stair climbing, and prolonged sitting and kneeling (yoga!)). There are many…
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Introducing Christine Carr, DPT, PYT and Smart Asana

 
Smart Asana: An Ongoing Blog For Asana Safety I’m pleased to introduced Dr. Christine Carr, DPT, PYT, our asana expert and safety guide for teachers and yoga students. Dr. Carr will be making regular contributions featuring asana-related issues that can compromise smart, safe yoga. I took time out last week to interview Christine about her…
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Smart Asana: Protecting the Elbow

 
Christine Carr Protecting the Elbow
Protecting the Elbow Complex During Yoga Hand balances are a common part of many yoga classes.  We often place weight on our hands as we progress through our poses.  We may move from a bird dog variation, to downward facing dog, to upward facing dog several times in one class.  Whatever dog you do (or teach),…
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How to Find a Smart Safe Yoga Teacher

 
Find the right yoga teacher
“How do I find a smart, safe yoga teacher?” This is the question I get most often online and in my clinic. If there was an easy answer, there’d be no reason for this website! Finding a yoga teacher is much like any other consumer question, “Caveat emptor” (buyer beware). Let’s break this task down into some useful steps that will provide you with a shopping list to help you find that smart, safe yoga teacher/therapist...
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The Power and Science of Mudra

 
Yoga Mudra
“Science: The investigation of natural phenomena through observation, theoretical explanation, and experimentation, or the knowledge produced by such investigation.”  -American Heritage In September of 2014 my wife and I toured the Asian Hall at the British Museum in London. The presence of nearly every statue exhibiting at least one mudra confirmed my suspicion: We in…
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