Finding time to develop a consistent practice is one of the biggest challenges a student faces as they being to travel down the path of yoga. It takes discipline to step on the mat every single day for any length of time. Once your practice is established, there is a multitude of events that can occur and derail it temporarily or indefinitely. One of the most common is an injury.
Over the course of my 15 years of practice, I have injured myself many times—mostly when off my mat. I’d love to say that these injuries didn’t disrupt my dedication, but the truth is that several times I let their occurrence keep me from doing asana for weeks and even months at a time.
The ways in which injury can disrupt a yogi’s journey are many but the two most common are:
Fear of pain or aggravating the injury keep you from engaging in any physical activity and take you completely out of your practice.
Your ego gets involved and you try to “muscle your way through” your asana without adjusting inten...