“Don’t do yoga.” It’s something I’ve heard students and clients tell me as their doctor’s or therapist’s instructions.
There is something deep and fundamentally disruptive with this mentality and level of intellect. First off “yoga” in itself is such a general statement about a system of practices for a healthy lifestyle. Yoga is about the way one perceives life. Surely the doctor didn’t mean: you’re injured, stop perceiving life with gratitude. Of course not. It’s simply our western model of health care. A model which is fundamentally sickness management, and the longer you can manage someone’s sickness or injury, the longer you make money. There is no education regarding the ancient secrets of health within the typical practitioners of western medicine.
What the doctor is referring to, I’m sure, is “do not attend a yoga class.” Another reality is that yoga, like medicine, has been reduced in it’s effectiveness and away from the wisdom of inner self. It’s now an exercise routine performed as an athletic competition. Many classes do not properly train an individual for the greatest accomplishment in yoga, to do nothing and be happy. The state of being is what matters in all circumstances. So yes, the fast paced or poorly directed classes are not properly suited for injury care.
Yoga in its clearest form teaches the wisdom of doing no harm. Do no harm to the body. Do no harm to the mind. Treat yourself with respect and listen deeply to your inner wisdom.
Depending upon the extent of the injury, yoga can be used to learn the lesson of rest and using healing energy, or used to circumspect the range of injury through gentle movement. Yoga can be used for healing at every level of injury. What is needed is not less yoga, but more education for what is yoga.
In health and prosperity