I have gotten injured twice doing yoga – I developed hip tendinitis and needed a cortisone shot in my hip (I got a little nervous when my orthopedist said “This is the first time I’ve given this injection into someone’s hip), and I dislocated my shoulder in a yoga class (I freaked out the class when I went running out of the room in pain, but I popped it back in, came back in and finished the class).
Wednesday morning I was doing a yoga video from myyogaoline.com, just a simple 20 minute stretching routine, and I did something bad to the top of my leg. I’m not even sure what this area or muscle is called, maybe it is not even a muscle, it could be the hip socket or the IT band. It is the side of the back of the upper leg right before it becomes the butt. I was fine as long as I was keeping my leg in a forward direction, but whenever I would turn it inward or outward – ow, extreme pain.
I think what caused the mishap was this:
Does that look like anything that the human body should be doing?
So later in the day I iced my hip, and used my stick on it. I didn’t have a good night’s sleep because every time I moved it hurt like hell, but yesterday it seemed to feel better, and today it is 99% fine. Luckily, since tomorrow morning I am running 11 miles.
I’m really determined to do yoga without injuring myself, because I just bought some really nice yoga blocks, cushion and strap. My problem is I am an overachiever and I must do the poses just like the instructor on the tv. That person can’t see me, has no idea who I am, and probably recorded the video years ago, but I feel that I must be perfect in my form, even if my body can’t do what he is doing. I also have very loose hips and shoulders, and even though I can put my arms and legs in distorted positions, it is not good for the tendons in my body.
My goal for yoga is to not push myself beyond what I can do, if I feel the slightest twinge I must pull back. Or I will end up like this: