4 reasons for yoga while recovering from injury
Unfortunately I’m having a sports injury myself for the past 4 months. Doctors say it’s ‘overtraining’. Both my quadriceps muscle groups are in a permanent state of tension and can't seem to get into a relaxed state anymore. I can tell you: it sucks. I already knew it, but now I’m experiencing it for myself that I can’t train how I’d like to. Just so frustrating. Not being able to do the usual stuff, often not being able to participate in sparring, or feeling pain during/after training drives me crazy. Taking rest, going to therapists and all of that is just no fun.
So yes, chances are you are getting crazy mad frustrated by yourself from not being able to do anything, You can’t let your energy out, and your training, or even plans to compete, are being delayed. On top of that you don’t burn your usual calories, so you have to watch what you’re eating not to gain too much weight. Nothing you ever wanted to happen, right?
Luckily for me there’s my yoga practice to keep me somewhat sane. No illusions: it won’t replace your training, but it will definitely help you to get through your recovery time a bit happier.
Obviously it depends on your type of injury what you are able to do. But assuming it’s just one shoulder/wrist/knee/foot that’s out of the running, you will be able to do a bit of yoga safely using the rest of your body.
Here are the 4 main reasons to do yoga while recovering from an injury
- During recovery time, yoga practice could be that physical activity that keeps your METABOLISM up and running. Just as from cardio training or fighting you will not only burn calories during the activity, but also there is the so-called ‘after burn’. This will speed up your ENERGY metabolism. Noticeable effects: no slow and sluggish feeling, and not gaining too many unwanted extra pounds from being inactive. (because we all know being inactive means getting bored, and getting bored means being hungry constantly.)
- Even though your doc/therapist says you’re not allowed to train, you can still keep your usual ROUTINE and spend your 1 or 2 hours a day doing ‘something’ physical. In a different way than usual, you’ll still manage to work on FLEXIBILITY, POWER and BALANCE with the body parts that aren’t injured.
- Let's not deny the fact that there's a high risk of depression while having a long term injury as an athlete. With yoga practice you're consciously and unconsciously working on PEACE OF MIND. If you’re like me, you’ll need that to keep you from going insane. About an hour of light physical practice combined with meditation will leave you feeling happier. It’s scientifically proven that yoga helps releasing FEEL-GOOD-HORMONES, like dopamine, into the brain: SWEET. You’ll need that if you’re not able to rumble in the gym.
- Your RECOVERY SPEEDS UP. By doing yoga, and working with your breath, you are increasing the blood flow, helping you to recover faster. To read about the way this works, check out this blog.
You might be thinking, where to start looking for a yoga class? Well, I’m almost sure there’s a yoga studio near to where you live. They’re probably offering a bunch of different styles. I’d say look at the schedule and see if they offer something that says: yin yoga or restorative yoga. That’s a safe choice for most of the time. With a lighter injury you could even opt for a hatha yoga, or slow flow class. You might want to stay away from vinyasa or ashtanga as long as you are still recovering. Make sure you always tell your instructor about physical issues before you start practicing.
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