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namaste7272010-07-04 10:56:20 +0000 #1
Hello friends--

I hope that this is the right section to post on as I haven't posted before. I've been practicing yoga for several years and really credit it to the person I have become.

However, in the last few months on and off to more consistently, I have been getting a horrible pain when in down dog that is across my shoulders in the back and someone a little on my upper arms. My pose is correct, I'm not bearing down weight...and so forth. I don't have that same pain in any other pose; sometimes, the same pain continues into the new few poses in class following down dog, but I think its just "left over" from down dog. It also doesn't matter how long I am in the pose. I don't know that I can really call it a pain but more of a burning...

This is perplexing me! I really enjoy yoga (in the process of becoming certified to teach) and have NO idea why it hurts so bad. My only thought may be that it may be due to fibromalygia or artritis (I recovered/recovering from an eating disorder---it more or less caused the issues), but those pains are usually from something actually touching me and never around my shoulders like that...and its a very different pain and its only in down dog.

Any insights would be appreciated! I do have a drs appt tomorrow and plan to bring it up, but he just thinks yoga is strange...I couldn't imagine what he would say about this!!

InnerAthlete2010-07-04 11:07:05 +0000 #2
If you already believe your pose is "correct" then there's really nothing to discuss, eh?
Hubert2010-07-04 11:26:23 +0000 #3
A correct pose can be too much for a less than correct body.


I don't see why would anyone perform a pose resulting horrible pain. Oh, wait, I can see it. Punishing yourself for something you did. I don't think that's necessary, though. Just forgive yourself and avoid down dog. It is not good anyway to be so true to a given schedule of physical exerices. It is time for a change.



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