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I'm in pain and want to practise Yoga (postural)

In this article, we'll look at pain and how yoga can help. In a later article, we'll look at the aches and pains that can occur during yoga practice.


I'm in pain and want to practice

Even a gentle yoga session can reveal previously unidentified pain in the body. It reveals the effects of a particular posture and rhythm of life.


The practice not only reveals, but also helps to heal and prevent. When we have an intense injury/surgery in our daily lives, it's often a good idea to take a break.


Afterwards, however, it is advisable to resume movement. Yoga's inclusive approach (body, emotions, thoughts, energy...) means it can play an important role in healing.

Ideally, you should take a private class to ensure that the session is adapted to your pain. If not, it's a matter of communicating this to the teacher, who will do her best to inform and/or guide you during the session, based on her knowledge and experience. Bear in mind that a group session does not allow for personalized adaptation, as the teacher must take everyone into account, and that although as teachers we have anatomical and therapeutic knowledge, we are not doctors.


Listening to yourself and adapting your practice

It's all about listening. Sometimes, when our pain is so great that we can't practice even simple postures, we prefer to focus on meditation and contemplation of everyday life.


My aim is to accompany you as best I can during your sessions. I'll share all my tips with you, and give you the freedom to take as many breaks as you need, adapting them according to how you feel.


Finally, the healing process follows its own rhythm. In asana sessions, it's not so much about the postures themselves, but about the opportunity to reconnect with yourself and give your body the chance to unfold its healing potential.


Marie Mazeau, Lifexploratrice, certified full-time Yoga teacher in Paris, specialising in gentle, joyful, educational and meditative sessions online, for individuals, associations, companies and studios.


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