6 yoga techniques that will help you recover from sports injuries
First Published Apr 8, 2021, 2:44 PM IST
Injuries are part and parcel of any sports and the recovery process could take quite some time, including months for the serious ones. Over the years, yoga has played a significant role in healing the body, mainly internally, while also playing a role in healing some sports injuries.
As far as sports is considered, although it is an entertaining thing to do, the risk of getting injured is relatively high, especially in sports that involve high stakes, primarily combat sports. Consequently, injuries are common and are part and parcel of any sport.
The most irritating part of the sports-related injury is its recovery time that often leads to missing out on some crucial game time, especially for the ones that are serious injuries. Although rehabilitation helps in speeding up the recovery time, it could still take some considerable period.
Meanwhile, over the ages, yoga has helped in effectively healing the body, while it also aids in healing some injuries, primarily internal ones. In the same light, we present the six yoga techniques that could accelerate the recovery process for some sports injuries.
Choose a comfortable stance to carry out this meditation method. This can be Sukhasana, Vajrasana, Ardha Padmasana, Padmasana or even standing in Samasthithi position. The eyeballs should be brought towards the eye centre, creating slight pressure on the Medial Canthus. The tongue should be rolled back and placed on the soft palate, while white clothing is recommended to be worn during Ropan meditation.
Anulom Vilom Pranayam
- Sit in any comfortable pose
- Straighten your back with eyes closed
- Palms on your knees facing up
- Use the right thumb to close the right nostril
- Inhale from left nostril
- Close the left nostril with the right index finger
- Exhale from the right nostril
- Inhale from the right nostril
- Close the right nostril with the right thumb and exhale with the left nostril
- Begin by standing in the Samasthithi posture.
- Lift the right leg off the floor and balance the bodyweight on the left leg
- Place the right foot on the inner lift thigh, as close to the pelvis as possible.
- Try supporting your foot with the palms and bring it in place.
- After finding the right balance, join the palms in Pranam Mudra near the heart.
- Raise the Pranam towards the sky.
- Straighten the elbows and ensure that the head is between your arms.
- Focus your sights forward.
- Stand with the feet together
- Stretch the arms out by the body and allow them to hang without any contact
- Tenderly close the eyes and make the body relax
Note: Balance the body weight equally on both feet; don't leaning onto one.
- Begin with Santholanasan (plank)
- Place the left palm on the ground and lift the right hand off the floor
- Turn and face the right side
- Raise the right arm up
- Both knees, heels and feet should be in contact with each other
- Ensure both arms and shoulders are in a straight line
- Turn the head and look up at the right hand
- Hold the asana for a while
- Begin in Samastithi.
- Keep a straight back while stretching the arms up and join the palms in Pranam.
- Exhale and bend the upper body ahead until it's parallel to the ground.
- Keep the arms by the ears.
- Lift the right leg behind you in a slow manner whilst keeping it straight.
- The right leg, pelvis, upper body and arms should form a straight line.
- Focus the sight to a point on the floor and maintain the right balance.