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Level 2
90 min

Strong Practice for Those with Shoulder Injuries

Ashtanga | By Jodi Blumstein on Aug 14 2012
So you have an injury and you miss your strong practice?? This is an ashtanga practice designed specifically to deal with shoulder injuries. We do NO chaturanga and all of the primary series, with some modifications. The vinyasa we do in this class is designed to strengthen and stabilize the shoulder while eliminating any irritation. This is an important class for anyone working with injuries.  You need a strap and a block.

Description

So you have an injury and you miss your strong practice?? This is an ashtanga practice designed specifically to deal with shoulder injuries. We do NO chaturanga and all of the primary series, with some modifications. The vinyasa we do in this class is designed to strengthen and stabilize the shoulder while eliminating any irritation. This is an important class for anyone working with injuries. You need a strap and a block.

Comments

  • pam watanabe     Jul 2nd, 2014
    Jodi, I truly needed to hear your words of wisdom. I have been letting my injury get me down. You encouraged me to try postures I've been afraid to attempt right now and most importantly get the blood flow going.
    • Jodi Blumstein     Jul 6th, 2014
      Hello Pamela!

      I will be back in the room on wednesday. Meanwhile I am so glad you had this resource to help you!!

      See you soon!

      jodi b
  • Shalini Lal     May 23rd, 2014
    Wonderful class. One of your best Jodi.
    • Jodi Blumstein     May 25th, 2014
      thank you Shalini!
      I love getting the feedback and comments and really appreciate your input.

      peace,

      jodi b
  • Patti MacPherson     Apr 24th, 2014
    thank you so much for teaching me that I CAN practice with a shoulder injury! My injured shoulder feels much better after taking this class!
    • Jodi Blumstein     May 25th, 2014
      Hi Patti - I am so glad you are feeling better!

      peace,

      jodi b
  • Claire Lang     Jan 21st, 2014
    Hi, I was suggested this class because I have a wrist injury. I'm keen to practice Ashtanga. Can you do a class that has no wrist weight bearing asanas please? Thanks in advance, Claire.
    • Jodi Blumstein     Jan 26th, 2014
      hi claire!

      thank you for the suggestion, i am working on it!!!!

      jodi b
  • Julia W     Jul 12th, 2013
    Hi Jodi,
    I wonder if it's possible to film a similar video dedicated to problematic wrists.
    I really enjoy your Ashtanga teaching lessons, I find helpful exercises for finding (and hopefully maintaining) bandhas and breathing, I like how you are not tired to emphasize not only physical aspects of yoga but also beyond that. I especially enjoyed this practice as it nicely shows how it's possible to work around injury and maintain strong practice following rather traditional Ashtanga series (at the same time demonstrating that all this physical side is easily moldable and at the end not that important).

    I don't have shoulder injury but I do have issues with wrists. No chaturangas feels good, planks are a little bit challenging, lifts even more. I am practicing Mysore style modified (simplified) primary series, and advise that I got from my teacher is doing chaturangas on the knees and no vinyasas between changing legs in sitting poses. I will be very grateful if you can share your huge experience on Ashtanga practice for people with tender wrists (with some emphasis on alignments as well probably, because I am afraid I am still position my body somewhat not accurately and this stresses the wrists), I know there is plenty material on yogaglo already, but I will be interested more in the frame of traditional Ashtanga series and from your perspective. It seems to be not that rare problem, so hopefully many people would benefit from this, not just me.

    So far I dig into your published videos and thank you for sharing your knowledge and wisdom.
    • Jodi Blumstein     Jan 26th, 2014
      Hi Julia - i am going to work on this in the upcoming weeks! Be on the lookout for more information on wrists.

      peace,

      jodi b
  • ZEynep A     Jun 16th, 2013
    I cant thank you enough... I feel a lot better.
  • Sky Nicholas     Nov 12th, 2012
    Great for strengthening the shoulder area around the injury. There are ways to work around the pain. Loved it.
  • Nadia Rqm     Oct 16th, 2012
    this is great. I hate not to do ashtanga with my sore left shoulder and your option made it accessible. I love the super long dolphin at the end, thanks!
  • Patti mirrett     Aug 14th, 2012
    kind & compassionate teaching. good to be back in the saddle again.
    blessings
  • Patti mirrett     Aug 14th, 2012
    yayyy. read the description and was VERY happy. injured shoulder couple weeks back doing chaturanga and have missed practising ashtanga in any fulfilling way. got the class cued up and am about to get started. BRILLIANT and thank you.
    blessings