Summer Series 2018: Q&A – How to Avoid Common Yoga Injuries

Jason Crandell quote on yoga injuries | Yoga Podcast | Yogaland Podcast

In this week’s episode, Jason and I are live from Detroit Yoga Lab answering student questions about some of the most common yoga injuries, how to prevent and avoid them. Bonus banter: Find out why Jason has a black eye – unsurprisingly, it’s not from yoga or a bar fight. And learn what Jason’s three favorite bands are.

(Our regular listeners will not be surprised to hear that  Salabhasana (Locust Pose)  come up a time or two.)

Here’s what we discuss:

* Alternative poses for Warrior I and II for practitioners with SI joint pain

* Best poses and modifications for hamstring overstretch issues

* Which movements during an asana practice could cause excess shoulder and neck tension and which counter poses or practices can students do to find relief

* Have we demonized Chaturanga Dandasana (Four-Limbed Staff Pose)? Plus, how to transition from Plank to the floor in a way that’s less likely to cause injury

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Scroll through the most recent yoga podcast episodes and makes sure you haven’t missed anything.


Episode 76: Jason Crandell on Yoga Injuries

Episode 91 – Jason’s Thoughts on Warrior I, Navasana, and “Advanced” Yoga

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The Expert’s Guide to Chaturanga, Part I

The Expert’s Guide to Chaturanga, Part II

The Expert’s Guide to Chaturanga, Part III

The Expert’s Guide to Chaturanga, Part IV

The Expert’s Guide to Chaturanga, Part V


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  1. I love your podcasts. Summer Series Episode 4 was fabulous! Thanks for the great answers and perspective for teaching and balancing practice.

  2. Wow! This is music to my ears as a yoga teacher with SI injury! Great production, so much wisdom and clarity, thank you! There’s so little elbow injury/cubital tunnel syndrome related modifications available. I have difficulty with side planks, arm balances and chaturanga. It creates pain and more seriously nerve tingling and numbness. Could you please talk about it one day?

    • I’d love more on carpal tunnel type injuries too! I don’t want to give up vinyasa flow teaching and practice but my carpal tunnel syndrome is coming back after surgery about 10 years ago.

  3. Hi jason…
    greetings from india – i teach private yoga which means i have to ensure that each class is tailored specifically to my clients physicalities…what i do is keep the body as natural as possible so we never force it into a state that is unnatural. i was very relieved to hear your pod cast …

    warriors – “the hips never get squared” – i think this is brilliant – i find most yoga teachers and instructors tend to go against the natural movement of the body…and i think your podcast was excellent.

    thank you and i have so much respect for teachers who dont go against the body..that is yoga… excellent pronunciation of anjanayesan 🙂


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