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Yoga is an ideal exercise when you are recovering from an injury. Whether it's a mild sprain or a major surgery, yoga promotes healing by increasing circulation to the injured area as you move through poses. Be smart and avoid poses that irritate an injured area or that require movements that you can't handle until the injury is healed.
Be sure to tell your yoga instructor about any injuries before the class begins. He or she can show you how to modify poses to accommodate your injury using blocks, blankets, or other props. Or, the instructor may suggest alternative poses that can accommodate your injury.
|Jennifer Mathes, Ph.D.|