THIS IS THE QUINTESSENTIAL YOGA MANUAL THAT SHOULD BE IN ALL YOGA TEACHER TRAININGS AND NEW STUDENTS’ TOOLBOXES
Yoga-related injuries are a thing. And, they’re on the rise.
It’s no mistake why every single one of my interviews of advanced yoga teachers, chiropractors and manual therapists has revolved around injuries on the mat.
Hip replacements, labral tears, shoulder impingement…from practicing things like Vinyasas, chaturangas (Hello, 30 times in one single class?!).
Hyperflexibility/hypermobility from stretching so hard that the ligaments get no love from the muscles (because they’ve fallen asleep and don’t know how to help)…this is what social media is NOT telling us.
But, this eBook by my dear buddy Dr. Garrett Neill is taking that bold step forward to reveal it all. And, I’m here to review the contents and give you a real assessment of it.
Read on to see if you should get this eBook to evolve your yoga and keep your body safe for years to come.
ARE YOGA INJURIES FROM SPECIFIC POSES, THOUGH?
Not to bastardize any specific poses, the intention of this book is to help you understand what happens when you do the same poses over and over. Many yoga teachers would tell you to “take a vinyasa” in a flow class but not have the opportunity to assess how well prepared your upper body muscles are to take all that weight as you lower to Cobra/Upward-Facing Dog.
SO, WHAT ARE THE 5 MOST COMMON YOGA INJURIES?
Yogi Gare goes over the following parts of the body that get the most affected by “traditional” yoga asana instruction:
- Lower Back
- Shoulders and Wrists
Did you know that most knee injuries are because of how the hips and the ankles are operating?
Did you know that because of the fact that most people sit for hours, type on a keyboard, hold a phone and look down at it…this the reason why many of our muscles have been OVERworked in their attempts to compensate for these frequent and unhealthy movements?
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Did you also know that some of the most “popular” yoga poses only exacerbate these movements? They’re really not necessary to do as much as the others that COUNTER and balance these postures.
If “traditional” yoga poses were based on the lifestyles of young Indian boys…why would they continually be used to address the lifestyles of a diverse post-Industrial revolution world with all sorts of body shapes and habits?
SO, HOW CAN YOU AVOID OR REDUCE THE RISK OF YOGA-RELATED INJURIES?
What’s so damn helpful about this e-Book is that Dr. Gare shares a ton of alternatives and variations to many of these poses. There’s pictures and videos that you can browse as you begin to apply these healthier changes to your personal practice.
For each of these 5 areas of common injuries, there’s a bunch of options.
I’ve personally tried every single one in my practice, so I can now share this in my online classes and in-person yoga retreats (where there’s no studio owner that’s demanding that you stick to a specific sequence, and there’s full freedom to evolve your teaching.
It’s written in plain English, which means that you’ll be less likely to get confused by all the terminology that may be best served to medical students! Garrett is a down-to-earth guy, so you can feel at ease as you read his descriptions of how the body operates, what happens to the tissues and what we can do to balance it all out.
A very creative bonus is all the artwork sprinkled throughout the book. The drawings are by Ksenia Sapunkova, who does a great job at drawing specific anatomy parts in a way that you can understand quickly.
THE CONS OF GETTING THIS YOGA INJURY E-BOOK
To be honest, the major con of getting this e-Book was the feeling of frustration over having to un-learn a lot of things I was taught in my Yoga Teacher Training. I spent so much to get certified, and the more I read this content the more I felt bad for those “Senior” yoga teachers. Those ladies and gentlemen really felt their information was sufficient to equip someone to start teaching other students.
If you begin integrating some of these more science-based movements into your yoga practice, you may begin to feel self-conscious. What would your students think? What would other yoga teachers think? Poses like Camel and other backbends were supposed to be so critical to a beautiful sequence. What if this wasn’t helping your chakras???
You may have to use your newfound knowledge, make educated decisions and teach what others may not be teaching (just yet). You might feel like you’re “the only one” as many of us did within our own communities.
But, this positive and healthy change has to start somewhere. Your sequencing can still be ass-kicking and induce sweat. The challenge can still be there for your students (and you) to tone your muscles, improve flexibility and breathe.
That’s why I’m so big on sharing this review with you all. I hope that it becomes part of Yoga Teacher Trainings everywhere.
Until then, it’ll just have to be discovered through the internet, (just like how it brought you to this article).
It’s just $7.99 (though I think it should be priced higher). That’s less than half the cost of a single drop-in class.
If you get one, let me know what you think!
Julie (Your Head Rogue Yogi)
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