One day when I started my yoga home practice, I decided to be brave and attempt power yoga. I was used to going at my own pace and tried my best to follow the fast paced poses. While I do remember yoga poses from my teenage years, that doesn’t mean I know how to effectively get into them correctly. For example, my downward dog was way off and embarrassing. Because I was trying to go way too fast and was popping into poses I wasn’t properly doing, I managed to hurt myself.

I didn’t feel it until the next day but when I woke up I could instantly tell I had tweaked something because my right shoulder blade was screaming at me. Don’t get me wrong, I have managed to cause myself shoulder pain from yard work, wrestling my two-year-old and even crocheting, but this was like some next-level pain. I took some ibuprofen to dull it long enough to get through my day until my husband came home from work and could help me by rubbing it with some Icy Hot which helped but that pain lingered for a few weeks off and on.

As a result of my stupidity I was scared of the mat for a while. Power yoga is just out of my realm right now and it took me a long, long time to feel confident enough to step back on my mat and do gentle poses for fear of hurting myself again. Even then I still haven’t been doing yoga as much and it is pretty upsetting because I do enjoy it and it has helped me with my balance issues (I am always falling over it is ridiculous!) but I am still intimidated… the thought of a yoga class also scares me a little.

So I have decided I am going to start all over and learn the poses properly before watching any sequences so that I don’t damage my poor body that has been through enough already.

Have you ever gotten hurt on your mat and been afraid to jump back on it? Any advice I should be heeding?