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Frequently Asked Questions for Practicing Yoga

Can I take this course if I’ve had a foot injury?2017-02-02T19:43:54-05:00

Every case and every individual’s situation is unique, so we can’t provide a general answer for everyone. For information purposes, below you can find an actual request from someone and our response.

(Q): I had an accident when I was younger and my foot is out of shape and there are some stretches in Yoga that I can not do because my foot is not strong enough. Will this affect my Yoga Training?

(A): Yes, your foot will affect your Yoga training, but with the right Yoga Teacher and medical care, you will be able to work around it.

Podiatric medicine is so diversified and foot ailments come in so many different varieties, that it would be hard for me to give you any specific Yoga advice without more information.

Lastly, tell your doctor you are taking Yoga classes. Your doctor may even know of a helpful Yoga instructor in your area.

Yoga training is much more than Asanas. Asanas are valuable, but they are just a part of Yoga. With modifications to your postures, you should do the best you can, be the best you can be, and see many improvements.

When you find a local Yoga Teacher who has this perspective, you will be in good hands.

Important Note About Health Related Questions

*The advice given is that of a Yoga Teacher. Always consult with your physician for a professional opinion.

Can I safely perform Yoga if I am suffering from disc herniatiion or scoliosis?2017-02-02T19:43:54-05:00

Every case and every individual’s situation is unique, so we can’t provide a general answer for everyone. For information purposes, below you can find an actual request from someone and our response.

(Q): My wife is suffering from disc herniation and this pain has caused 15 degree scoliosis. Some doctors has recommended surgery, but physiotherapists do not recommend it and they say just exercise will improve it. She is doing her exercises for 2 months but no improvement is observed. I would appreciate if you help me in this matter.

(A): Thank you for your inquiry. Please understand that my opinion is that of a Yoga Teacher and I have no medical degree. That said – I understand both opinions and both sides of the issue. Sometimes surgery is the only option left, but alternative methods, such as chiropractic medicine and Yoga therapy also have a proven “track record.”

In order to see if this situation can be corrected without surgery or further pain to your wife, you may want to locate a physiotherapist or chiropractic doctor with a Yoga teaching background. This would be someone with a medical background, who specializes realigning the spine, and teaches Yoga.

Since your wife has been in therapy for two months, with no change for the better. It would seem her present exercise routine is not sufficient. It is still possible for her to get relief without surgery.

Another possibility is a Yoga therapist. Yoga therapy improves the quality of life for many people with back problems and Scoliosis, but you need a therapist who will get you results.

Lastly, when it comes to the spine and back pain, there are no guarantees — even with surgery. That is why surgery is your last resort.

Important Note About Health Related Questions

*The advice given is that of a Yoga Teacher. Always consult with your physician for a professional opinion.

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