injuries

Top 10 Sports-Related Injuries and Yoga Poses to Avoid Them

Gwen Lawrence by Gwen Lawrence | April 12th, 2012 | 2 Comments
topic: Fitness, Yoga | tags: abdominals, abs, Achilles tendon, ACL, ankles, athletes, avoid injury, balance, feet, flexibility, flexible, foot, hamstrings, hips, injuries, joints, knees, low back, lower back, MCL, meniscus, muscles, neck, New York Giants, pain, plantar fasciitis, problems, shoulders, sports, sprains, strains, strength, tight, wrists, yoga poses

Yoga for Sports Injuries

The most common reason for sports-related injuries — whether you’re a recreational athlete or a pro, from ages 10-80 — is overuse and abuse. In my experience, most injuries arise when athletes disconnect from their bodies. Their eyes are on perfection, or the competition.

It follows that the best prevention is to become acutely aware of your body — its shape, its symmetry, how it feels, the range in the joints. Many sports can create asymmetries in the body because they are one-side dominant (think of swinging a baseball bat or golf club or tennis racket). It’s your job to recognize these imbalances before they become injuries. To help you, I’ve identified the top 10 most common sports-related injuries and given you a few yoga poses for athletes to to help correct the imbalances and asymmetries that cause them.

Can Yoga Wreck Your Body? The Dark Side of Yoga (with Shades of Gray)

Jill Miller by Jill Miller | January 13th, 2012 | 13 Comments
topic: Fitness, Health & Wellness, Yoga | tags: BodyTuning, Glenn Black, How Yoga Can Wreck Your Body, injuries, New York Times, proprioception, shoulderstand, William J. Broad, yoga injury, Yoga Tune Up®

Yoga Pain

On January 5th, the New York Times website ran an article entitled “How Yoga Can Wreck Your Body” that included excerpts from William J. Broad’s forthcoming book, The Science of Yoga: The Myths & Rewards. Within minutes of it going live, extreme controversy ensued…

4 Signs it’s Time to Change Up Your Exercise Routine

The FIRM Master Instructor Team by The FIRM Master Instructor Team | June 13th, 2011 | 1 Comment
topic: Fitness | tags: bored, boredom, burn-calories, cardio, challenge, change, exercise routine, fat-burning zone, Fitness, goals, heart rate monitor, injuries, injury, intensity, lose-weight, muscles, over training, recovery, rest, results, slump, strength training, target heart rate, the firm, variety, walking, weight loss plateau, weights, work out, workout, workout rut

Workout RutWe all know that the key ingredients to weight loss and maintenance are exercise, healthy nutrition and proper rest. But what happens when you feel like you’re no longer getting results with your exercise routine? Does this mean that exercise doesn’t work anymore? Not a chance! It could just mean that you need to break out of your current workout rut — variety is the spice of life, after all!

Here are four signals that your routine might need a tune-up:

1. Your workout bores you.

You used to enjoy walking outside, so why do you dread your walk workout each day? It’s easy to get bored if you stick with the same routine for too long. Sometimes it helps to add variety to your walks. For example, try listening to music when you walk, adding speed or hill intervals, or bringing a family member or friend along with you. I’m sure your family pooch would welcome a stroll around the neighborhood! If all of that isn’t enough, then maybe it’s time to try a new activity. Maybe you’ve always wanted to try biking or are interested in taking a dance class? Change can help keep your workouts fun and interesting, giving you something to look forward to.

Loosen Up! How to Stretch Your Way to Flexibility

Jill Miller by Jill Miller | May 24th, 2011 | 6 Comments
topic: Fitness, Yoga | tags: bone spurs, collagen fibers, connective tissue, dynamic stretching, elastin fibers, fascia, flexibility, flexible, foam roller, inflammation, injuries, Jill Miller, Kelly Starrett, Kettelbell, loosen, massage, osteoarthritis, overstretching, self-massage, static stretching, stretch, stretching, Thai Massage, tight muscles, Yoga, yoga balls, yoga poses, Yoga Tune Up Therapy Ball

Flexibility yoga blog

A few months ago I wrote a blog on the perils of overstretching that seemed to strike a chord with many of my students and readers. But for every overstretched yogi or yogini out there, there are four times as many folks who are bound up and moving like the tin man! Most folks I meet want to know how they can become more flexible, not less flexible. So I dedicate this blog to all of you who wish to become more supple and mobile. Let the bending begin!

7 Signs That It’s Time to Recharge

The FIRM Master Instructor Team by The FIRM Master Instructor Team | February 22nd, 2011 | No Comments
topic: Fitness | tags: body, burnout, cardio, cool-down, depression, energy, exercise, fatigue, Fitness, headaches, high intensity, injuries, injury, interval training, low intensity, muscle pain, performance, recovery, repair, resolution, rest, sets, sleep, tears, the firm, thirst, time off, work out, workout

The FIRM Recovery blog

We are still early into 2011, so talking about recharging our batteries and taking a rest might sound crazy. However, it’s important to remember that sufficient rest and recovery periods are necessary to avoid burnout and injuries, as well as to get the best results possible from our exercise routines.

Check out this list of signs to see if you may need a little recharging:

When Yoga Hurts Instead of Heals

Jill Miller by Jill Miller | November 4th, 2010 | 12 Comments
topic: Fitness, Yoga | tags: addiction, asanas, back-pain, biomechanics, drop backs, flexibility, forward bend, forward fold, headstand, injuries, joint torque, neck pain, nerve damage, Patricia Sullivan, plow pose, practice, sciatic pain, shoulder stand, theraputic, Veeparita Korani Mudra, Yoga, Yoga Journal, yoga poses, Yoga Tune Up, Yoga Tune Up®, yoga-therapy

Woman doing a painful yoga posePain, numbness, tingling? Do any of these describe the feelings you have when you come out of an asana? Please heed these warnings! Not all yoga poses are safe for all people. Just follow expert yoga teacher Patricia Sullivan’s story in the October 2010 issue of Yoga Journal. She painfully details a journey of denial in which her headstand caused (yes, caused) crippling nerve pain that eventually culminated in her falling asleep at the wheel and driving off the road into a lagoon.

What Good Balance Does for Your Body and How to Get It

Chris Freytag by Chris Freytag | April 23rd, 2010 | No Comments
topic: Fitness | tags: agility, balance, balance disc, balance pads, balance training, balance workouts, balance-ball, balanceball, balancing, Bosu ball, injuries, injury, lunges, squats, strength, therapy

Feet balancing on a Bosu ball

The most overlooked and arguably the most important word in health is “balance.” Why? Because this one word says it all! We spend our entire lives trying to keep things in balance, whether it’s our checkbook, our diet or our time management. Then as we age, we need to literally improve our physical balance to keep on doing the things we like to do.

Cell Phone Giving You a Pain in the Neck? Try Yoga Therapy Balls

Jill Miller by Jill Miller | April 8th, 2009 | No Comments
topic: Health & Wellness, Yoga | tags: cell phone, injuries, massage, physical therapy, yoga ball, Yoga Tune Up®, yoga-therapy

business women walking on the street and talking on the phoneIn only 10 minutes in downtown Santa Monica, I counted 54 people talking on their cell phones while walking down the street. Only three chatters were using headsets. While headsets are now required by law in most states when driving, you won’t get a ticket for walking and talking with your cell phone jammed against your ear. But your neck and shoulders might eventually issue a warning of pain, and then a citation of spasm. Cell phone stress is a plague that, over time, can lead to serious debilitating pain. But I discovered a yoga ball remedy when I was healing from a rotator cuff injury that kept getting aggravated by my cell phone use. Now I am hooked on this low-cost quick-fix solution.

Injury as Opportunity: Overcome Yoga Roadblocks, Part 1

Jill Miller by Jill Miller | February 4th, 2009 | 2 Comments
topic: Yoga | tags: hamstring, healing, injuries

Natarajasana, accomplished while healing a hamstring injury.
Natarajasana, accomplished while healing a hamstring injury

We all know that yoga practice is not always bliss. Sometimes it seems to turn on us, triggering issues that cause us to approach our practice with reticence. Over the years of teaching Yoga Tune Up®, I’ve heard many concerns that get in the way of one’s practice, but there are three that tend to be biggest. Below is Part 1 in a 3-part series suggesting a few strategies to use when these roadblocks arise.