Ever looked for a Yoga Pose Contraindication Fact Sheet?
Yep, me to! After a quick google search looking for an easy reference document on contraindications for yoga poses, I found nothing that would work as a one-sheet reference card, so I created one myself. I hope you will use this simple straightforward guide created for yoga teachers enabling you to support your students with confidence when they present with a yoga pose contraindication. Print Medical Contraindications for Yoga Poses Worksheet.
Yoga students come to class with a variety of physical conditions and in most cases common sense combined with controlled and pain free range of movement will keep yoga students safe in your class. But there are a few medical conditions and injuries for which certain yoga poses are contraindicated and other poses would be particularly beneficial.
For example, contraindications for:
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome – Carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS) is a medical condition due to compression of the median nerve as it travels through the wrist at the carpal tunnel. The main symptoms are pain, numbness, and tingling, in the thumb, index finger, middle finger, and the thumb side of the ring fingers.
Find out from your student how it feels to bare weight on the hands and wrists
Poses to avoid: Handstand, wheel
Poses to practice with caution: Downward Facing Dog, Plank, Chataranga
Hamstring Injury – If your hamstrings are weak and tight, they’ll tug on your hips – tipping them forward – and compromise functional movement. Often hamstring tightness is indicative of weakness, so make sure to include some hamstring strengthening as well as stretching in your yoga sequencing.
Depends how recent and how acute, if acute and recent
Poses to avoid: Downward Dog, Hanumanasana, Forward Bend
Recommended poses to practice: Locust, Hamstring curls
So print of this PDF, laminate it and keep it in your teaching bag. This is by no means an exhaustive list but it covers what I have commonly experienced during my 8 years of teaching yoga in Southampton.
Maybe you have an established yoga practice already and want to deepen your knowledge. Feel free to print this for yourself to reference at home. If you would like to learn more, you could sign up to Laura’s Mentoring Programme, join Laura in class or if you are interested in a 200 Hour Yoga Alliance Professionals Accredited Teacher Training Course.