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Yoga Injuries from yoga Form Mistakes
While the body adapts and adjusts to the yoga motion, workouts or yoga poses that are long and strenuous can result in irregularities in our normal form. Since the body is not adapted to these “wobbles,” weak links can be irritated. Continued use, using an unaccustomed range of motion, can lead to injury. Here are some of the common ones. For more information see HALF-MARATHON, GALLOWAY’S 5K/10K yoga, yoga – A YEAR ROUND PLAN.
Troubleshooting Form-Related Yoga Injuries
• Lower back Caused by forward lean, overstride, too few walk breaks
• Neck pain Caused by forward lean, head placed too far forward or back
• Hamstring pain Caused by striding too long, stretching
• Shin pain on front Caused by stride length too long, especially on downhills or at end of run
• Shin pain on inside Caused by over-pronation
• Achilles Caused by stretching, speedwork, overpronation
• Calf pain Caused by stretching, speedwork, inadequate number of walk breaks
• Knee pain Caused by too few walk breaks, over-pronation
The most efficient and gentle yoga form is a “shuffle”: The feet stay next to the ground, touching lightly with a relatively short stride. When yoga at the most relaxed range of the shuffling motion, the ankle mechanism does a great deal of the work, and little effort is required from the calf muscle. But when the foot pushes harder and bounces more, and the stride increases, there are often more aches, pains and Yoga Injuries.