Many students come to yoga seeking more flexibility in the hips, but can too much of what we think of as a ‘good thing’ end up working against us?
Once we become more flexible, we tend to crave the release we achieve from the deeper variations of hip openers such as single-legged pigeon. By continuing to push further and further, without any regard for the hip joint stability, there is potential for the joints to become taxed. Therefore, the essential support that maintains the integrity of the joint diminishes and hypermobility can become more pronounced.
One way to combat this is to start noticing what’s tight and what’s weak and stop pushing deeper into the areas in which we have more flexibility. Balance is key. The simple act of cultivating mindfulness within your practice and honouring what you feel can help a lot.
This is a brief intro to Tiffany’s ‘Medicine For Your Hips’ class at Hanuman Festival. To read more about shifting the focus of the hips from hypermobility to stability, check out her new article in Yoga Journal’s anatomy column here.
“Watch as Tiffany Cruikshank guides you through this mini-workshop at Wanderlust, “Side Crow Pose / Parsva Bakasana with Tiffany Cruikshank,” so you can spread your wings and get your crow’s down before the Wanderlust Festivals this summer.In this mini-workshop, you will learn warm-up postures, how to get into and out of the pose, the pose technique, as well as variations to make the pose more and less challenging. “
This month’s Share Your Story featured yogi is Yoga Medicine’s own Operations Manager, Tami Apland from Portland, OR. In her story about yoga after reconstructive surgery, Tami discusses the impact yoga has had on her life. Tami began her yoga practice after a severe dance injury to her ankle prohibited her from physical activity. After reconstructive surgery and physical therapy, Tami turned to yoga in hopes that it would help her deal with the subsequent pain and depression she was facing as a teenager. Read Tami’s full story below and follow her on Instagram.
Yoga After Reconstructive Surgery
Yoga was initially nothing more than a means to move my body after no longer being able to dance due to an injury. When I was 14, I tore ligaments and tendons in my ankle on a trampoline that resulted in reconstructive surgery and subsequently, physical therapy. In addition to the normal angst that comes with being a teenaged girl, I also felt betrayed by my body and just angry in general. I didn’t do my physical therapy exercises at home and pretty quickly found myself dealing with a painful, sensitive and wickedly stiff ankle that I couldn’t do a whole lot with. Even the way my socks rubbed it was painful and irritating. With dance no longer an option, and me not being particularly athletic or social enough to get involved in sports, I decided to buy a yoga DVD. As a young girl who was brand new to the practice, I had no idea the impact it would have on my life.
13 years ago in Virginia, yoga wasn’t mainstream like it is now. I wasn’t motivated or influenced by fancy poses I saw on magazine covers or social media. My intention was simple and pure. I just wanted to be able to move my body again in a way that felt natural and good. Since I didn’t come to the practice looking to heal my ankle, its progress wasn’t something I was monitoring. I did, however, start noticing that it was getting better, little by little. Once I noticed the progress, I started doing things to focus more specifically on my healing. Eventually, after lots of practice and patience, the pain and stiffness that once ruled my life had been completely eradicated. To this day, so many years later, I am 100% free limitation in my ankle.
A Fix for More than Just my Ankle
Over the years, I have used yoga as medicine in many different ways. I have used it to cope with depression and heartbreak. It has strengthened weak muscles and lengthened tight ones, creating balance in my body. I have used meditation and pranayama to taper my anxiety and stress-levels, creating balance in my mind. I have also used yoga as a way to test and push my physical boundaries. This, in turn, has built mental strength and instilled a genuine sense of confidence in me. While this particular story is about how yoga helped me recover post-surgery, it has truly created a shift in all areas of my life. Yoga is without a doubt, my medicine.
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