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Yoga and illness - what is the body trying to tell us through pain?

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The world of yoga is often seen as a sanctuary for health, wellness, and spiritual growth.

However, beneath the surface of calm postures and breathing, there is a reality that many yoga practitioners and instructors face - illness.

Whether it 's a physical injury, burnout syndrome, or emotional hardship, pain in the yoga world struggles to convey important messages.

It's no coincidence that we sometimes have headaches, stomach aches, or the very back on which we carry such a heavy burden on a daily basis in the form of obligations, worries, or unresolved issues from the past.

I myself sometimes find myself faced with the reality of my body stagnating in a particular position and not being able to perform the asana as I wish, so I have to choose the gentler option and respect the warnings my body is communicating. I am listening and still learning to accept imperfections.


In this article, we will explore the reasons for these physical and emotional struggles and discuss what the pain is trying to tell us.


Physical pain and injury 


Yoga, with its diverse range of postures and disciplines, can sometimes lead to physical pain and injury if not practiced with awareness.

Some common yoga-related injuries include injuries from overuse. While they can be discouraging, they offer an opportunity for self-reflection. The pain we experience when practicing yoga can be a signal that our approach is unbalanced. It could be telling us that we need to listen more carefully to our bodies and adjust our practice to avoid overexertion.


Yoga teachers, in particular, may push themselves to meet the demands of students, risking burnout. The pain of burnout can be a reminder that self-care is an essential aspect of guiding others to health. In our efforts to spread the wisdom of yoga, we must not forget to apply its teachings to ourselves.


Emotional anxiety


Illness in the yoga world is not just physical; emotional struggles are just as prevalent.

The pressure to maintain a calm and composed facade can be overwhelming. Instructors and practitioners alike can experience stress, anxiety, and even depression. These emotional struggles are often a reflection of inner turmoil and unresolved issues that have been neglected. They serve as a reminder that the path to self-knowledge and mental well-being is not always easy.


The pain of emotional distress in the yoga world is an invitation to confront our emotional baggage. Yoga is not just about poses, but also about self-awareness and inner peace. Acknowledging our emotional struggles, seeking support, and accepting the imperfections that make us human is essential.


Knowledge and growth


In the world of yoga, pain can be a catalyst for growth. It encourages us to rethink our approach to practice, teaching, and self-care. It reminds us that yoga is not just about mastering physical postures, but also about understanding the connection between our mind, body, and spirit.

Through the experience of pain and illness, we can cultivate greater compassion, empathy, and self-awareness.


In the world of yoga, illness is not a sign of failure, but an opportunity for introspection and growth.

Physical injuries and emotional stress are messages from our bodies and minds that prompt us to re-evaluate our practice and lifestyle.

By listening to what pain is trying to tell us, we can emerge from these challenges as stronger, more compassionate individuals, whether we are yoga practitioners or instructors.

In our search for health and happiness, the pain we encounter can be a valuable teacher on our yoga journey.


Don 't try too hard, let everything flow - the body will decide when it's ready!

The perfect position is not important - the key to perfection is your calm mind and the feeling of happiness that you get in any asana.

Do you notice any pain or difficulty in your practice yourself? How do you approach and resolve it?

Let me know in the comments...

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Linda Culba


Yoga teacher and esoteric enthusiast who discovers new opportunities to improve his life through spirituality!...

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